California – Proposition 35 – Stop Human Trafficking in California is quickly gaining widespread support among the California law enforcement community. Since the YES on Prop 35 campaign launched, 51 law enforcement officials and organizations have endorsed the measure. Slated for the November 2012 ballot, Prop 35 is an initiative that will fight back against human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children in the state.
Ron Cottingham, President of the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), explained why supporting Prop 35 has become such a strong point of agreement for those involved with law enforcement, saying, “Proposition 35 will be a monumental step forward for California in preventing sexual exploitation and protecting victims of human trafficking – which is why California Peace Officers strongly support this ballot initiative. As those on the front lines in the fight against human trafficking, we see the need to protect women and children on our street and on the internet by increasing penalties against human traffickers and online predators.”
In addition to the 63,000 members of PORAC, the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) also strongly backs Prop 35. Chief Dave Maggard, President of the CPCA, announced the endorsement, saying, “The California Police Chiefs Association is proud to support Prop 35, which will help us protect vulnerable women and children from human traffickers and online predators. Victims of these crimes rely on us as first responders in communities throughout our state. For these local law enforcement officers, Prop 35 is a critical step forward in the fight against human trafficking and for the protection of children online.”
In a recent statement, Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley also explained why the initiative is so important for California, saying, “The grim reality is that human trafficking of vulnerable women and children is taking place in communities across California. I’ve worked for over a decade to combat this crime and I can say with firsthand experience that our state needs tougher penalties against human traffickers and services to help victims. Californians can fight back against these crimes by supporting Proposition 35.”
A full list of endorsements from the California law enforcement community is as follows:
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley
Asian Gang Investigator’s Association of California
Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs
Association of Deputy District Attorneys in Los Angeles (ADDA)
Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs
California Asian Peace Officers PAC
California Association of Highway Patrolmen
California Coalition of Law Enforcement Association (CCLEA)
California District Attorney Investigators Association
California Fraternal Order of Police
California Narcotic Officers Association (CNOA)
California Peace Officers Association (CPOA)
California Police Chiefs Association
California Statewide Law Enforcement Association
Chief Craig Steckler of the Fremont Police Department
Chief Howard A. Jordan of the Oakland Police Department
Chief Scott LaChasse of the Burbank Police Department
Chula Vista Police Officers Association
Deputy Chief Tom Angel of the Burbank Police Department
Deputy Sheriffs Association of San Diego County
Folsom Police Officers Association
Former Sacramento Sheriff John McGinness
Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association
Kern County District Attorney Lisa S. Green
Law Enforcement Association of Asian Pacifics
Long Beach Police Department
Long Beach Police Officers Association
Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association
Los Angeles County Organization of Police & Sheriffs (LACOPS)
Los Angeles County Professional Peace Officers Association (PPOA)
Los Angeles Police Protective League
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca
National Latino Peace Officers Association of San Diego Metro
National Latino Peace Officers Association, State of California
Oakland Police Officers Association
Orange County Coalition of Police and Sheriffs (OC Cops)
Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
Riverside Sheriffs’ Association
Sacramento County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association
Sacramento County Law Enforcement Managers Association
Sacramento County Probation Association
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department
Sacramento Police Officers Association
San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos
San Diego Police Officers Association
San Francisco Police Officers Association
San Jose Police Officers Association
Santa Ana Police Officers Association
Solano Probation Peace Officer Association
Southern California Alliance of Law Enforcement (SCALE)
Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager
About Proposition 35 – Stop Human Trafficking in 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. 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.
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 victims who survived sexual exploitation when they were children. Prop 35 has strong bipartisan support and is endorsed by both major political parties in California.
For comprehensive information on Proposition 35, visit www.VoteYesOn35.com.