by Pamela Williams
The bill prevents police from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, well-known for targeting human trafficking, stated, “It just opens up the door for traffickers to use these kids to commit crimes and exploit them even worse.” Think about it, these kids will be the chosen ones by sex traffickers, as they cannot be arrested in the State of California. Why in the h….are some saying this Bill does not promote child prostitution?? It clearly does! They treat us like we are so ignorant! Further, before long, I am afraid this Bill will be established in Washington DC…I don’t have to explain that to you guys, because you are smart.
HERE IS THE FACT THAT MATTERS THE MOST: (SB 1322) “would promote criminal conduct by creating an incentive for traffickers to enlist their victims to commit crimes knowing full well that the people they press into service will not be held responsible for their actions.” Now, argue with that!
SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.
Basically, the bill aims to keep sex trafficking illegal. Pimps can still be prosecuted, but if an 11-year old girl is caught prostituting, and says she’s doing what she’s doing of her own free will, no problem.
So what if the child is so afraid of what their pimp will do that they refuse to give him up or say they’re being exploited?
That happens far too often in cases of sex trafficking and the exploitation of children. This bill makes it very easy for pimps and traffickers to not only thrive in their sick business, but encourages them to seek out more children to victimize.
The odd aspect of this rather pointless debate is that what California is trying (in their own way) to do isn’t entirely misguided. Prosecuting minors for prostitution and treating them like criminals is, if anything, even more problematic than prosecuting adults who engage in prostitution. When adults do this of their own free will, my libertarian brain tells me that it’s a victimless crime and the state should butt out. It’s the people who force women into such roles who are the real perpetrators of criminal activity and those would still be subject to prosecution under California law. Of course, when we’re talking about children there are so many more factors which make the situation awful. When a child winds up on the streets selling her body to strangers, something has gone horribly, horribly wrong. (Not to mention the outrage of pedophiles being allowed to prey upon them.)