Increases criminal penalties for human trafficking, including prison sentences up to 15-years-to-life and fines up to $1,500,000. Fines collected to be used for victim services and law enforcement. Requires person convicted of trafficking to register as sex offender. Requires sex offenders to provide information regarding Internet access and identities they use in online activities. Prohibits evidence that victim engaged in sexual conduct from being used against victim in court proceedings. Requires human trafficking training for police officers. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government:
Potential one-time local government costs of up to a few million dollars on a statewide basis, and lesser additional costs incurred each year, due to the new mandatory training requirements for certain law enforcement officers. Minor increase to state and local governments on the costs of incarcerating and supervising human trafficking offenders. Unknown amount of additional revenue from new criminal fees, likely not to exceed the low millions of dollars annually, which would fund services for human trafficking victims. (11-0059)
You heard it here first – Prop 35 will pass on Election Day.
It increases the penalty for those convicted of human trafficking, which generally means those involved in the underground illicit sex-for-sale industry.
The headlines of horror stories are what many will focus on as they consider tougher penalties.
Of course, the same penalties could have been instituted by the Legislature. But Prop 35’s backer, former Facebook exec (and 2010 state attorney general candidate) Chris Kelly opted for a ballot measure.
' I was exploited for 4 years'
November 18, 2013
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