The California Democratic Party Endorses Proposition 35 – Stop Human Trafficking in California for November 2012 Election

Jul 30, 2012   

Sacramento, CA – The California Democratic Party’s Executive Board has 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.

Chris Kelly, founder of the Safer California Foundation said, “We are pleased to receive the endorsement of the California Democratic Party.  We are heartened to see that the leaders at every level of the party share our belief that we need to fight human trafficking and protect vulnerable women and girls in California. “

The California Democratic Party is currently the majority party in both chambers of the State Legislature. Representing the interests of over 7.5 million registered supporters, the Party believes in rewarding hard work and expanding opportunities for all Californians in order to create stronger and healthier communities. The Party has a long history of support for impactful, progressive legislation such as Social Security, Medicare, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. More recently, it has been instrumental in passing and implementing the Affordable Care Act, and is now fighting to make a university education more affordable for California’s working and middle-class families.

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 human trafficking survivors.

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