California – The Prop 35 –Stop Human Trafficking in California received another round of enthusiastic support from political leaders from around the state today. These individuals are among the many elected leaders, advocates, survivors, prosecutors and peace officers that have joined the effort to pass Proposition 35. A complete list of all endorsers can be seen at http://www.caseact.org/case/endorsements/. The newest endorsers include:
- Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
- Mayor Kevin Johnson
- Speaker pro Tempore of the California State Assembly Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco and San Mateo Counties)
- Assemblymember Sandré R. Swanson (D-Alameda County)
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. Prop 35 has been endorsed by the Democratic and Republican Party of California.
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.