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.
We need Prop 35 to help protect our children and separate victims from predators. This is not a cure-all approach (as there is no such thing), but this is a big step in the right direction for people who are fighting mad and want to do something about the sexual trafficking and exploitation that have devastated our families and our communities for too long.
So when you go to the poll this November, remember your vote is not just for yourself. You are voting for your neighbor next door, your brothers and sisters, for mothers and fathers up and down the California coast, from the shore lines of San Francisco to the border of Nevada. In fact, you are voting for everyone in California!
Remember as California moves, the rest of the nation is not far behind. In this case, the world is involved. One day, this message of hope will be taken to every women and child suffering in other countries from the brutality of predators.
Before that can happen, let us start here where we live. Vote YES on Prop 35 – STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING!
Father of Trafficking Survivor, Stockton, CA
ABOUT PROP 35
Proposition 35 is a joint partnership of California Against Slavery and Safer California Foundation.
In California, many vulnerable women and young girls are held against their will and forced to sell their bodies. The victims are often girls as young as 12 who are sexually exploited for the financial gain of human traffickers. They are afraid for their lives and abused – sexually, physically, and mentally.
Human trafficking is said to be one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world – and it is taking place right here in our own backyard. Three cities in California – San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego – are recognized by the FBI as high intensity child sex trafficking areas. In addition, a recent national study by a victims’ rights group gave California an “F” grade for its weak laws dealing with child sex trafficking.
PROP 35, a partnership of California Against Slavery and the Safer California Foundation, will protect children in California by:
- Increasing prison terms for human traffickers.
- Requiring convicted sex traffickers to register as sex offenders.
- Requiring all registered sex offenders to disclose their internet accounts.
- Requiring criminal fines from convicted human traffickers to pay for services to help victims.
PROP 35 has also been endorsed by organizations representing over 90,000 rank and file California Peace Officers, advocates for the protection of children, including Marc Klaas and the KlaasKids Foundation, and victims who survived sexual exploitation when they were children.