Police: ‘Every 16-Year-Old Girl in Fresno’ Has Been Targeted By Sex Trade Recruiters
Of the ridiculous laws California has passed to cripple public safety, few are more deplorable than SB 1322. Championed by Democrats as a way to protect child victims of sex trafficking, the bill instead did the complete opposite.
SB 1322 was signed into law in September of 2016. The measure rendered the crimes of solicitation and loitering with intent to commit prostitution misdemeanors inapplicable to children younger than 18. The bill also allowed law enforcement to take sexually exploited children into temporary custody, but only if leaving them unattended would pose an immediate threat to their health or safety (which is often difficult to determine thanks to so-called 'Romeo' trafficking methods).
In other words, SB 1322 created an incentive for sex traffickers to exploit more children, since they could no longer be stopped. Less time in jail means more time "working," and therefore more money.
In Fresno, police are struggling with a dark new reality, one in which every 15-year-old girl has been targeted by human traffickers.
From the Fresno Bee:
This is the result of Democratic policy -- not a reduction in prostitution, but instead more cases of human trafficking than any other state in the nation. California's public safety structure has been crippled.
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