Mad River Union
HUMBOLDT – A proposal to fund research and education on sex trafficking will be part of the Board of Supervisors’ upcoming budget deliberations.
The increasingly talked-about issue of human trafficking was discussed at the June 5 Board of Supervisors meeting as a draft of the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 was presented.
During a public comment session, Lelehenia Du Bois, who chairs the Human Trafficking Committee of the county’s Human Rights Commission, requested $21,000 for a fund that would be managed by the Humboldt Area Foundation.
The funding would be used for gathering information and advancing education about local sex trafficking. She proposed the county’s cannabis excise tax revenue as a funding source.
Du Bois said that “Humboldt has a unique issue for being the epicenter of the drug war” and lacks “effective information” on human trafficking. Research and education that’s