California's state Assembly passed on July 14 to repeal loitering laws that would severely cripple law enforcement in its ability to arrest and prosecute human traffickers.
Senate Bill 357, a bill titled the Safer Streets for All Act, claims to repeal discriminatory loitering laws that target "sex workers" and trans women of color. The bill would repeal loitering laws including all those related to prostitution, even sex buying and pimping.
SB 357 would have detrimental effects to California's effort to combat sex trafficking:
The effects of this bill for the communities with existing plight, poverty and high crime will increase dependency on prostitution as a means to overcome poverty and grant complete immunity to buyers who loiter in these same communities for the purpose of engaging in sex acts.
California law encourages law enforcement to use their due diligence to identify all victims of human trafficking. In removing the loitering law, law enforcement is severely hindered in intervening, making it more difficult to combat human trafficking in their community, as well as creating negative and harmful effects for the victims who will be ignored because law enforcement is restricted from intervening.
Please help ensure SB 357 is stopped to prevent the detrimental impacts it will have on combatting human trafficking in our communities.
The bill is in committee once again. Please ask your assembly member to oppose this bill using the form below.
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