Prop 35 - Pass  81.1%/18.9%

 

Proposition 35: Stronger Penalties for Human Trafficking                           

Watch the CV mini-debate on Prop 35

 

                                            

 

CV's Easy-to-use Ballot Measure Summary

Proposition 35 would increase prison sentences and fines for anyone convicted of human trafficking — the illegal trade of human beings for sex slavery or forced labor. Prison sentences would be increased to up to 15-years-to life, and fines up to $1.5 million. Prop 35 would also require anyone convicted of sex trafficking to register as a sex offender and would force them to disclose the identities they use on the internet, as well as which sites they visit.

Supporters of Proposition 35 say it will deter traffickers from committing brutal human rights abuses by strengthening current laws that do little to protect victims. Increasing the risk for human traffickers and online predators is a must, supporters say, to combat the financial incentives that make sexual exploitation a lucrative criminal business, as well as one that is easily done through the internet. Supporters also point out that according to the FBI, California is home to three of the highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.

Supporters of Proposition 35 include the California State Sheriff’s Association, the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, the California Police Chiefs Association, the California Labor Federation, Crime Victims United, the Human Rights Project for Girls, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, and the California Teachers Association.

Opponents of Proposition 35 say the measure actually threatens many innocent people, because anyone receiving financial support from “normal, consensual prostitution” among adults could be prosecuted as a human trafficker. This would include a sex worker’s children, parents, spouse landlord and others. Opponents also say Prop 35 doesn’t provide money for enforcement, and label it as a “futile crusade against the world’s oldest profession by further criminalizing people connected with consensual adult prostitution.” Finally, opponents say, the measure will cost California more as the state will likely have to defend the measure in court. 

Opponents of Proposition 35 include the Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project, Inc. (No other opposition publicly listed on ballot materials or website.)

More Info

Yes on Proposition 35: www.voteyeson35.com
No on Proposition 35: check CA Secretary of State GUIDE for offical website

Listen or download the audio version of the Prop 35 mini-debate
Easy-to-use Citizen Voice Prop 35 Ballot Measure Summary (.pdf)

This is Citizen Voice's Easy-to-use summary of the proposition.
For the ballot pamphlet version go to www.voterguide.sos.ca.gov


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