California has made itself the new capital of the child sex tourism industry. The rest of the world thanks the misguided utopian idiots (e.g. Democrats) who make up a supermajority of the state’s legislature.
They passed a law SB1322 which decriminalizes child prostitution. Their intent was to not punish the victims who are forced into the sex trade, but to go after the pimps and sex traffickers. But in typical shortsighted fashion, they took away one of the greatest tools for law enforcement to get to the upstream players.
What liberals don’t seem to understand is that it will increase the abuse by pimps and traffickers by giving them a barrier of separation between them and the law. If their victims cannot be arrested, they cannot be questioned. If they can’t be questioned, they won’t be able to turn in their oppressors. In California, manipulating children through threats is now much safer than it ever was before. As an anonymous California prosecutor observed, if sex traffickers or pimps were tasked with writing legislation to protect themselves, it would read like SB 1322.
Back in 2010, this site’s purveyor, Erick Erickson, served on the Macon City Council, where he championed efforts to clean up the city’s “happy ending” massage parlors which dotted the landscape along I-75–a major trucking route. He was reacting to an industry which routinely uses imported underage kids to perform acts of prostitution.
At the time, Erickson told the Macon Telegraph, “I’m really frustrated because I feel we keep being told ‘no’ instead of ‘we can find a way,’ ’’ Now California has found a way to help the rest of the world clean up child prostitution by centralizing it, quite legally, in their haven for illegal aliens, sanctuary cities, and now child prostitutes.
I pity the law-abiding residents and fathers of young girls in California. Having to explain to a 14-year-old who says “but it’s legal, daddy!” why she should not be spending her weekends plying the streets for Johns to make a little extra cash is not how I’d like to live.
Any California families who think this new law is an immoral abrogation of basic human rights, please, consider moving. Your tax dollars would do more good practically anywhere else.