California boosts penalties for human trafficking
LOS ANGELES, California|Sex-Trafficking|Wednesday, November 7, 2012Add Comment
By: ASSOCIATED PRESS, MERCURYNEWS.COM
California will toughen its penalties for human trafficking and its monitoring of sex offenders under an initiative approved Tuesday.
Prison sentences for human trafficking will more than double under Proposition 35, which imposes life sentences for the sex-trafficking of children. It also requires sex offenders to provide email addresses and other Internet identifiers to law enforcement.
The initiative was mainly funded by former Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly, who lost a bid for state attorney general in 2010.
It was supported by many law enforcement groups, although its opponents say it is written too broadly.
Its definition of human trafficking includes distributing obscene materials depicting children. Prosecutors would no longer have to prove force was used in cases involving minors.