Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. Yes, you read that right.
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.
Oh, there’s more too.
Thanks to other new Democratic-sponsored bills, an estimated 50,000 felons will be voting in the next state election, many from their jail cells; if you go hunting with a buddy and lend him your shotgun, you’ll be breaking the law; state employees will be forbidden from traveling on business to states which prohibit transgender bathrooms.
On the other hand, with decisions like these California will be that beacon (read warning light) that we can look to when contemplating the implementation of such idiocy.
Update (20170108): I happened to mention this childhood prostitution item to someone I knew and it occurred to me to make sure that 1) it wasn’t just some rush to judgement and that 2) it’s still true. Doing a web search on “ca childhood prostitution”, I found numerous links revealing that this topic is completely false, false interpreted, and just plain typical of right-wing (fascist) haters. I also found this: California Democrats really did just legalize child prostitution.
Until a few days ago, it was against the law in California for a minor to solicit or engage in prostitution. Now, it’s not. Anyone claiming otherwise is fooling themselves.
The California Democrats who supported SB1322 may have intended to help minors trapped in prostitution, but they fail to grasp the negative unintended consequences of an intrinsically flawed law that treats the justice system as the problem while enabling destructive behavior. They’re compounding that error with a disinformation campaign to conceal the stark reality of their new law.
There’s more at the link.