Daphne Phung is the Founder of California Against Slavery and volunteers as its executive director. She loves children and is angered by injustice. To her, nothing robs a child’s innocence and future as violently as the crime of human trafficking.
After watching MSNBC Dateline’s “Sex Slaves in America”, Daphne was devastated to learn that trafficked victims suffer further injustice through our legal system. Struggling to understand how a just God and a free nation could allow such injustice, she concluded that we as a nation have not grasped how slavery can still exist today when we outlawed it 150 years ago. She believes that our laws must reflect the atrocity of human trafficking and that it’s time for the American public to recognize that slavery still exists in our great nation.
The idea of a ballot initiative came about and Daphne immediately began changing the world. She started California Against Slavery in the Fall of 2009 with the vision that stopping this human rights abuse is the duty of every person. It is a brutality against the human dignity and soul.
Daphne also volunteers as the President of CAS Research and Education. She works full-time in finance & accounting, and earned a bachelor’s from Reed College and an MBA from Mills College.
Origins of California Against Slavery
The founding of California Against Slavery was inspired by a MSNBC documentary (” Sex Slaves in America“) about a human trafficking case in Detroit, Michigan. It illustrated how current laws do not hold traffickers accountable for the severity of the crime. The two men convicted of enslaving 16 women through threats and coercion, forcing them to work as strip club dancers, were only sentenced to 14 years and 7 years. When you do the math, the sentence of each trafficker does not even reflect one year per victim. The women, however, will spend the rest of their lives recovering from the horrors of being held in bondage for commercial and personal sexual exploitation.
We soon learned that California state laws are not effectively holding traffickers accountable, so we started California Against Slavery to strengthen state human trafficking laws.
Unlike crimes driven by psychiatric disorders, human trafficking is a criminal business driven by profits. It can be stopped if we cut the profits and increase the risk. Let’s make human trafficking the riskiest business in California.
– Daphne Phung, Executive Director and Founder of California Against Slavery