The way it is now:
State law defines “human trafficking” as forcing or misleading people into doing 1) labor or 2) sex acts for sale. Under state law, trafficking is punishable with up to five years in prison, or up to eight years if the victim is under age 18. If the victim suffers great injury, up to six more years can be added to the prison sentence.
What Prop 35 would do if it passes:
- Expand the definition of trafficking to include crimes related to distributing obscene materials depicting a child.
- Increase trafficking prison sentences up to 15-years-to-life, and trafficking fines up to $1.5 million. Fines collected would go to services for victims and to law enforcement.
- All sex offenders would have to provide information about their Internet activity.
Effect on the state budget:
State and local costs could increase about $2 million every year with the increase in criminal justice activity. Higher fines
People for Prop 35 say (www.caseact.org):
- We need stronger laws to stop human traffickers and online predators from harming vulnerable individuals.
- We need to identify victims, protect their rights, and help them get necessary services.
People against Prop 35 say (www.esplerp.org):
- In trying to protect us from sex offenders, Prop 35 goes too far in intruding on our privacy rights.
- Prop 35 is badly drafted; it might spend state money without reducing human trafficking could bring in a few million dollars every year, which would be spent on helping victims and on law enforcement. Collectively, local governments could need to spend a few million dollars on training for police officers on a one-time basis.