On December 10th, California Against Slavery and the Safer California Foundation will launch a joint campaign to move their ballot initiative, Californians Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) Act, forward for the 2012 State Ballot.
The CASE Act has groundbreaking implications for the issue of sex trafficking, and contains the following provisions:
- Increase prison terms for human traffickers, up to 15-years-to-life for sex trafficking of a minor
- Increase fines for human traffickers, up to $1.5 million to fund victim services (grants administered by California Emergency Management Agency)
- Remove the need to prove force to prosecute sex trafficking of a minor
- Mandate human trafficking training for law enforcement
- Make sex traffickers register as sex offenders
- Require all sex offenders to disclose internet accounts
- Prohibit use of sexual history to impeach or prove criminal liability of trafficked victims
The initiative has already been endorsed by 16 of California’s largest police associations, the KlaasKids Foundation (Polly Klaas), crime survivors and anti-trafficking groups.
Visit http://californiaagainstslavery.org/ to learn more!