Adult girls no charge
At the time, Brown also signed additional bills that would protect victims from additional charges for crimes they might be forced to commit while a victim of human trafficking and seal their records, according to the Los Angeles Times.Among the more than six other laws that Brown signed at the time, he also raised the age that children can testify outside a courtroom in human trafficking cases from 13 to 15.
An op-ed in the Washington Examiner published Thursday reads: 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.
As Snopes noted in September when the law was passed: This does not, however, mean that child prostitution is legal.
It is still illegal for Californians to hire prostitutes (child or otherwise), and sex traffickers will still face consequences if they are caught prostituting children.
Law enforcement officials will be able to take minors into temporary custody but under limited circumstances — including if there is an imminent threat to their lives.
And sex traffickers will still be held accountable.
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Existing law makes it a crime to solicit or engage in any act of prostitution.
Existing law makes it a crime to loiter in any public place with the intent to commit prostitution.
Why should she have been transferred to an adult system and not other youth that display the exact same behavior in the DCF system?