Created in order to close a loophole for sex trafficking cases, Hazel’s Law holds the name of a native San Diegan whose story of abduction and prostitution spurred the legislative movement. In 2010, the high schooler Hazel C. fell victim to what she calls a “guerrilla pimp” due to his violent tactics. Immediately before her senior year, her pimp moved her an hour away from North Park where he held her captive for nine months. Her day of freedom occurred with luck and quick thinking when she grabbed his forgotten phone to make a call and left with a rescuer twenty minutes later.
In regard to the bill, proposed by Congressman Juan Vargas, supervisors agreed with Hazel’s statement of “there’s nothing that these men should be able to say to receive less time for selling our kids,” and the bill passed.