Despicable Dereliction of Duty: California legalizes child prostitution

Travis Allen, 43, is that rare Republican in the California legislature. He represents the 72nd Assembly District in coastal Orange County.

In an article for the Washington Examiner on Dec. 29, 2016, titled “California Democrats legalize child prostitution,” Mr. Allen sounds the warning that beginning on January 1, 2017, “prostitution by minors will be legal in California”:
“SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.

This terribly destructive legislation was written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California’s state government with a two-thirds ‘supermajority.’ To their credit, they are sincere in their belief that decriminalizing underage prostitution is good public policy that will help victims of sex trafficking. Unfortunately, the reality is that the legalization of underage prostitution suffers from the fatal defect endemic to progressive-left policymaking: it ignores experience, common sense and most of all human nature — especially its darker side.
The unintended but predictable consequence of how the real villains — pimps and other traffickers in human misery — will respond to this new law isn’t difficult to foresee. 

Pimping and pandering will still be against the law whether it involves running adult women or young girls. But legalizing child prostitution will only incentivize the increased exploitation of underage girls. Immunity from arrest means law enforcement can’t interfere with minors engaging in prostitution — which translates into bigger and better cash flow for the pimps. Simply put, more time on the street and less time in jail means more money for pimps, and more victims for them to exploit.

As Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, a national leader on human trafficking issues, told the media, “It just opens up the door for traffickers to use these kids to commit crimes and exploit them even worse.” Another prosecutor insightfully observed that if traffickers wrote legislation to protect themselves, it would read like SB 1322.

Minors involved in prostitution are clearly victims, and allowing our law enforcement officers to pick these minors up and get them away from their pimps and into custody is a dramatically better solution than making it legal for them to sell themselves for sex. That only deepens their victimization and renders law enforcement powerless to stop the cycle of abuse. SB 1322 is not simply misguided — its consequences are immoral.”

SB 1322: Commercial Sex Acts – Minors, approved by Governor Jerry Brown on Sept. 26, 2016, amends Sections 647 and 653.22 of the Penal Code to render existing law that makes it a crime to solicit or engage in any act of prostitution “inapplicable to a child under 18 years of age”.
Assemblyman Travis Allen further warns that SB 1322 is “only the tip of the liberal iceberg” because the new year “will see the Golden State subjected to wave after wave of laws taking effect that are well-intentioned but disastrous embodiments of progressive utopianism.” Examples include:
  1. A new Democratic-authored law that “throws open the door to even greater government dependency on the part of the poor by rolling back” a law barring increased payments to women who have more children while still on welfare. “Henceforth, no matter how many children someone has while on welfare, the state government will ratchet up payments with each child, with no limit.”
  2. Increase in minimum wage to $10/hour, which is proven to increase unemployment of young people — those who are the least skilled and most in need of entry-level jobs.
  3. Another Democratic-sponsored bill enables an estimated 50,000 felons to vote in the next state election, many from their jail cells.
  4. A bill that makes it illegal to lend your shotgun if you go hunting with a buddy.
  5. A bill that forbids state employees from traveling on business to states that prohibit transgender bathrooms.
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  3. The bill might have included a provision allowing the police to take the under age sex workers into some kind of custody for a period of time without this criminalizing them. It is a stupid bit of legislation that one has to live in CA to get behind. There are problems with criminalizing something that can not be actually stopped such as drugs.

  4. California is slowly allowing its State to promote an anarchy. Here are a few examples;

    1) Numerous California cities support the sanctuary for ILLEGAL ALIENS. There have been hundreds of cases where ILLEGAL Aliens have committed horrendous crimes like MULTIPLE MURDERS, (Richard RAMIREZ-Recendes), Rapes, (Tomas Martinez-Maldonado was recently arrested for raping a 13 year old girl (after Martinez had been federally convicted and deported numerous times), an LAPD Officer was Murdered by being shot in a bar while off duty i the 1990's by an illegal alien from the former soviet republic. Then there were the WEEKLY Cartel Murders in the South bay of San Diego in the 1990 that were so common place the national news ignored publicizing these horrific murders.

    Currently at the San Ysidro, (San Diego) Border Crossing Mexican Drug Cartels use JUVENILES to smuggle drugs and other contraband BECAUSE THE PENALTIES FOR JUNVENILES ARE LESS THAN ADULTS.

    So what do you think will happen with Sex Trafficking in California? Traffickers WILL UTILIZE JUVENILES ATHE IDIOTS IN SACRAMENTO HAVE DECRIMINALIZED PROSTITUTION FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18.

    It make me believe that someone either has corrupted the California legislators or they have a grub stake in the child prostitution and exploitation rings There is no other logical explanation for this idiotic decriminalization ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN WHO'S BRAINS CANNOT MAKE RATIONAL DECISIONS UNTIL THE BRAIN FULY DEVELOPS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 22-25 YEARS OLD.


  5. One must ask, "What kind of lunatics are running the Kook Capital of the world in California today?". I grew up there from about 1943-1966 near Pasadena. This strange law is as if these legislators are themselves totally ignorant of all the ancient and not so ancient sexually transmitted diseases once called Venereal Diseases or VD for short, with new ones abbreviated as AIDS and others, all becoming almost untreatible due to overuse of antibiotics if they are treatable by them at all. In the small town of Sierra Madre there was one theatre where everyone and most kids went to the "show" every weekend if their parents would permit it. The owner of this theatre, Mr. Stein, a wonderful man loved by all, once made the decision to allow a doctor and nurse to appear after the normal program with a presentation on VD. First the lights came on right after the last show and the doctor and nurse, dressed appropriately and professionally in their white suits, announced they were going to show graphic films of the consequences of untreated sexually transmitted diseases. Anyone who was offended or did not want to watch them was permitted to leave. Then the lights went out and horrible pictures of the various stages of all venereal diseases were shown. I doubt of anyone watching them ever forgot those images. After these films, the lights came on again and the doctor answered any questions honestly and intelligently. This is an example of how intelligence can be used to educate ignorant young people and adults about a subject which has been deliberately avoided by the irresponsible ignorant non educators in the public schools. Information and education is power to the mind to make intelligent decisions to possibly prevent horrible diseases which can ruin lives and ruin the lives of others. Evidently the ignorant fools in the California Legislature did not give a thought about such horrible diseases especially new ones like AIDS. Shame on the idiots running the Kook Capital of the world California today. Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics

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