Slavery ended in 1865 right? So, why now is it that bad people have found a new way to have slavery without the nasty title?
People don’t know that human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal activities. Human trafficking can be defined by the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) as the illegal trade of human beings for purposes ranging from sexual exploration or forced labor. California has been given an “F” by victims’ rights group for their light handling with child sex trafficking. An “F” given by the victims’ rights group means that we are in the worst area of dealing with this problem; we have been given a failing grade.
Proposition 35 is about human trafficking and how this prop will be able to make it harder on people caught trafficking. Prop 35 will raise the fines, and also lengthens the sentence time of the criminals. Prop 35 will also do a few other things like: force all people found trafficking humans to register as a sex offenders; also, it will entail all sex offenders to reveal their internet accounts, and with the fines being raised it will be used to help with victim services and law enforcement.
Right now the sentences for labor trafficking according to the Sectary of States website, is:
- 5 years for Labor trafficking (Adult or Minor)
- 5 years for Sex trafficking an adult
- No Sentence for Sex trafficking a minor; without force
- 8 years for Sex trafficking a minor; forced
If proposition 35 goes into effect:
- 12 years for Labor trafficking sentence
- 20 years for Sex trafficking an adult
- 12 years for Sex trafficking a minor; without force
- A Life Term for Sex trafficking a minor; forced
Sentences will also be heightened if there is found bodily injury from 6 years up to 10 years; but if you already have a prior offence 5 years will be added on to prior conviction. Fines as of now are up to $100,000 for sex trafficking a minor, and with prop 35 it will be raised up to $1.5 million for all human trafficking offenses.
As you can see human trafficking is a big problem in California and needs to be dealt with. With the raise of fines it will help the victims and law enforcement, and with extending the sentences it is better. Yes on Prop 35!