As a prosecutor who has spent over a decade fighting human trafficking, I’ve seen the terrible human toll of sex trafficking in California. Every day, women and children are forced to sell their bodies, on the streets and online, for the financial gain of human traffickers.
I have helped to create and lead the first of its kind unit in the nation dedicated to recovering sexually exploited children and prosecuting those who profit from selling them. Since 2006, this unit has prosecuted over 200 sex traffickers and supported the rescue of hundreds of children, some as young as 11 years old.
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.
(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).
We’re half way to our signature goal. Voters are signing the CASE Act at record speed, pushing forward our signature deadline to FEBRUARY 29, 2012.
While our paid campaign is flying, our volunteer signatures are lagging. Clint Eastwood talked about America’s halftime in his Superbowl ad.
After fighting for four years to get this legislation to pass, Georgia’s tough anti-human trafficking law has been put into practice. The new law has tough penalties for violators including the following:
-25-year minimum sentence for perpetrators caught using coercion trafficking a child under 18 years old.
On Friday, 50-year-old Paul “Yoshi” Moore from Sacramento pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of 3 underage girls. According to US Attorney’s Office, two other defendants – Kevin Hawkins and Timothy Lee – were involved in selling these young girls through the internet to pedophiles and other sex predators.
Since this case was prosecuted at the federal level, Moore now faces up to life in prison. Hopefully, he’ll get plenty of time to think about his vicious acts on these minors, who have a lifetime of recovery ahead of them. Had he been tried by a local district attorney under California law, Moore would face only 4 to 8 years in prison. Ridiculous, right?
Thus, it was timely that on the same day I got this powerful letter from the President
Two weeks ago, I went on an undercover operation in Oakland. We were on International Blvd., where I drove by often when residing there. We even passed by my favorite taco truck.
While I was aware that youths were being sold for sex on the streets, I didn’t imagine the magnitude. There were girls all over! It was like an open faucet. After we picked up one girl, we would circle around and see three more walking onto the “track” – the area where they’d be sold.