Your Turn: Must pass the CASE Act (Prop 35) to fight human trafficking in California
by District Attorney Nancy O’Malley (Op-ed published in Contra Costa Times on June 30, 2012)
In 2010, a 13-year-old girl from San Francisco came across the Bay Bridge to Oakland. She thought that she was visiting friends, but one of these so-called friends put her in the clutches of a human trafficker.
As the world turns, there are many things to debate about: from the food that is grown for our tables, to the computers that run mega companies. But in the menagerie of things, a true cause has arisen: Proposition 35 (or Californians Against Sexual Exploitation or CASE Act).
California needs Prop 35 to pass. It gives strength to the existing laws that govern sexual trafficking and exploitation of minors and adults.
Article by Elizabeth Chin, California Against Slavery Intern
I founded a Free the Slaves chapter at my high school two years ago after watching a life-changing documentary about human trafficking. These past two years, our chapter has tried to raise money and awareness to help end slavery with our fair trade bracelet and cultural-talent show fundraisers.
This summer, I wanted to change government policy to protect victims of human trafficking in the California and to join the “Targeted Change” mission for Free the Slaves. I was shocked to learn that many victims in the sex industry who are US citizens do not have the same rights or protection as international victims,
(This article was on the cover of the PORAC magazine in April 2012. Click here to see actual article.)
By Chris Kelly, Founder of the Safer California Foundation & former Facebook Chief Privacy Officer.
We share a dedication to public safety and to protecting the lives of those who are the most vulnerable in our community. We also share a common belief that tougher laws in California are needed to fight human trafficking, online predators, and sexual slavery.
That’s why I’m asking for your support Prop 35 (Californians Against Sexual Exploitation or CASE Act).