California and Their Child Sex Trafficking Problem.
As a Southern California resident, I have seen some insane laws passed in this state, and many around the country have made this once great state the brunt of their jokes. On January 1st,, the Senate Bill 1322 became law, which will only legitimize this state as a punchline. In this Senate Bill is language that effectively decriminalizes child trafficking.
“Existing law makes it a crime to solicit or engage in any act of prostitution. Existing law makes it a crime to loiter in any public place with the intent to commit prostitution. This bill would make the above provisions inapplicable to a child under 18 years of age who is alleged to have engaged in conduct that would, if committed by an adult, violate the above provisions.”
In other words, as of January 1st, if an underage girl or boy is caught in the act of prostitution, they will no longer be arrested. So let’s get this straight: yes, it’s still illegal for the “john” (pedophile) to pay for sex, but now, the underage child -- whom is a victim of a rape -- will no longer get arrested? Doesn’t that give all the power to their sex traffickers (pimps)? Talk about a boon for the pimps. All they must do is make sure the underage child refuses any aid from the cops. And what can the police officers do to make sure that doesn’t happen? Not much. This bill effectively eliminates most of the power that the cops have. All they can do is report it to child services or temporarily hold the child if they feel like they are in immediate danger.
These children need to be saved. They need to be taken and put into rehab. They need some sort of stability in their lives. All this bill has done is given a neglected, abused child the encouragement to continue in the vicious cycle of destruction.
Here is what Rep. Travis Allen plans to do to fight this bill:
“SB1322 is not just wrong, it is immoral. There’s no love or compassion in making it legal for children to sell themselves for sex. I wrote my op-ed as an ordinary Californian expressing outrage over a misguided law that will harm those it’s intended to help. I felt more needed to be said. Now more needs to be done. I am drafting legislation to repeal SB1322 and give back to law enforcement and our justice system these vital tools for combating child prostitution. Don’t be fooled by desperate spin from Democratic politicians and their media enablers. I encourage every Californian, regardless of political affiliation, to join me in protecting California’s youth from this terrible law.”
Living in California, I have grown callous to the many doings of a liberal legislature, but enough is enough. Every Californian -- and American -- should be up in arms about this. It is our duty as citizens to protect the ones who need protecting. California needs to go farther in giving more powers to the officers, and they must do more to extricate these sex-trafficked children out of these environments – not empower those that seek to profit off of the children. SB1322 is a horrible bill that needs to be repealed immediately.