North County Times

Oct 12, 2012   

EDITORIAL: Yes on 35

Generations of Americans have viewed slavery as a practice so odious, so vile, so evil that it was condemned to the dusty pages of history.

But as we have learned the last few years, slavery has never gone completely away. It has continued to fester in the shadows.

Today, as globalism breaks down barriers between nations, even as unmentionable a practice as slavery is reappearing on these shores.

Proposition 35 tackles the issue of modern-day human trafficking by vastly increasing the penalties for those who engage in it: from a maximum of five years in prison for a conviction to the possibility of life in prison, and fines of up to $1.5 million.

These increased punishments are appropriate —- and, given the ongoing reports of human trafficking here in California, sadly necessary.

The kinds of people who would kidnap a teenage girl and force her into prostitution are people who need to be locked up for a very long time, and whose ill-gotten gains should be stripped from them.

There are few crimes so heartless and dehumanizing as slavery. That we are still having to combat it long after our history books tell us it was ended is a sad testament to human nature.

We urge a “yes” vote on Prop. 35.

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