California – The Prop 35 campaign issued the following statements in reaction to California voters overwhelmingly passing the initiative today. Prop 35 is an initiative that will fight back against human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children in the state. See below for quotes and more information on the initiative.
Chris Kelly, Former Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook & Founder, Safer California Foundation:
“By passing Prop 35, California voters have taken a strong stand against human trafficking in our state. Together, we made the internet a safer place for children, gave prosecutors the tools to go after human traffickers, and provided victims with greater access to services that will help them get a second chance at life. I’m proud to stand with law enforcement, prosecutors, survivors, advocates, and millions of Californians to say ‘enough is enough’ to human traffickers in our state.”
Daphne Phung, Founder, California Against Slavery:
“California voters made history by passing Prop 35 and saying that we will not tolerate human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of vulnerable women and children. Through this campaign, millions of Californians became aware that human trafficking is a crime that plagues our communities. Today, our state chose to fight back by passing Prop 35 and making clear that we stand side by side with trafficked and exploited women and children on the path to justice.”
Leah Albright-Byrd, Human Trafficking Survivor and Advocate:
“As a survivor of human trafficking, the passage of Prop 35 marks one of the greatest days of my life. I never dreamed when I ran away from home at age 14 that I would have the chance to take a stand against these crimes later in life. But with Prop 35 that’s exactly what’s happened. I’m so thankful to have been a part of this effort, together with many survivors and advocates. We raised our voices in a call for justice and the people of California listened.”
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 95,000 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.
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About Proposition 35 – Stop Human Trafficking in California
Proposition 35 – Stop Human Trafficking in California is a joint partnership of California Against Slavery and the Safer California Foundation. Slated for the November 2012 ballot, Proposition 35 is a ballot initiative to fight back against human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children. It increases penalties against human traffickers and online predators, requires convicted sex traffickers to register as sex offenders, requires all registered sex offenders to provide the authorities with information about their internet accounts, and uses the fines against convicted traffickers to pay for victim services. For more information, visit www.VoteYesOn35.com.
About California Against Slavery
California Against Slavery (CAS) is a non-partisan human rights organization dedicated to ending human trafficking, starting where we live. The organization’s mission is to defend the freedom of every child, woman and man by empowering the people of California to fulfill our obligation to stop human trafficking. For more information, visit www.californiaagainstslavery.org.
About the Safer California Foundation
The Safer California Foundation is dedicated to supporting efforts to protect Californians from all forms of criminal exploitation. Created by Chris Kelly, former Facebook Chief Privacy Officer and a Silicon Valley attorney and philanthropist, the Safer California Foundation looks forward to the day when every neighborhood in California is as safe as our most secure neighborhoods today.