Oct 26 2012
One of the more emotionally charged propositions on the ballot this November is Prop 35 which deals with human trafficking. Proposition 35 formally called ‘The Californians Against Sexual Exploitation’ or CASE Act appears on the surface to be a noble plan to crack down on trafficking, but critics have voiced some serious concerns with the measure.
Multimillionaire Chris Kelly, who lost a race for California State Attorney General in 2010 and is also Facebook’s former chief privacy officer is backing the proposition with over a million dollars of his own money.
The U.S. State Department estimates that over 17,000 people are brought into the country to be exploited in some way, whether in people’s homes as domestic help, in factories, as agricultural laborers or in the sex industry. California, which is a popular destination for trafficking victims and traffickers, passed a law in 2005 called the California Trafficking Victims Protection Act to make trafficking illegal as well as help promote the rights of victims.
Proposition 35, rather than building upon the current law to aid victims of trafficking, instead seeks to broaden the definition of trafficking by labeling more people as traffickers, especially those working in the sex industry. Opponents feel that the Proposition unfairly targets sex workers. Anyone financially supported by sex workers, including children or spouses of prostitutes could be labeled as traffickers. Sentences for sex trafficking would be much harsher than any other types of trafficking.
GUEST: John Vanek, Anti-Human Trafficking Consultant, Lieutenant (Ret.) who managed the San Jose Police Department Human Trafficking Task Force from 2006-2011 as part of the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, member of the United States Department of Justice, OVC / BJA Anti-Trafficking Task Force Planning Committee, and sits on the National Advisory Boards of the Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking/Colorado Project. He is a contributor to a No On Prop 35 blog.
Read John Vanek’s writings on Proposition 35 at noonprop35.wordpress.com.