Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani Endorses Proposition 35

Jul 17, 2012   

Stockton, CA – Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani today endorsed Proposition 35 – Stop Human Trafficking in California. Slated for the November 2012 ballot, Proposition 35 is an initiative that will fight back against human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children in the state. The initiative qualified for the ballot in May, after the Secretary of State certified the signatures submitted by the campaign.

Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani strongly endorsed the measure, saying, “As a leader in the fight to make the internet a safer place for children, I believe that Proposition 35 is much needed for our state. This initiative will put in place stronger laws to address human trafficking of women and children and establish important protections to help keep traffickers and other sex offenders away from kids online. This November, Californians can take a stand against human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children online with a ‘yes’ vote on Proposition 35.”

Elected in 2006, Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani represents the 17th District, which reaches from Stockton to Los Banos and from Tracy to Merced. She is a longtime advocate for enhanced safeguards to protect children online from sex offenders. Assemblymember Galgiani is also a member of the Child Abuse Prevention Council Auxiliary of San Joaquin County and an advisory member of Crime Victims United of California.

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.

Proposition 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.

Proposition 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 human trafficking survivors.

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