November 6, 2012 Ballot Prop. 35

Proposition 35: Human Trafficking Penalties

Official Results

Available once the California Secretary of State has certified the election. This can take up to 3 weeks or more.

Yes votes: 10,078,476 (81.3%)
No votes: 2,310,610 (18.7%)

This measure would increase prison sentences and fines for human trafficking. A person convicted of human trafficking would be required to register as a sex offender. Registered sex offenders would be required to disclose Internet activities and identities.

Pro/Con Statements

Proponents of Prop. 35 believe that California's laws on human trafficking and child sex trafficking are seriously limited and flawed. They claim that the measure will protect children from sexual exploitation and will hold human traffickers accountable for their crimes. They point to the support from law enforcement groups and child advocates as indication of the measure's importance.
Opponents of the measure believe that Prop. 35 too broadly defines pimping and that it is vague in its definition of human trafficking. They say the vagueness of the proposition will leave the door open to corruption and exploitation. Opponents are concerned about the costs to probation departments to hire adequate staff and to police departments for training and instituting the provisions of the measure. They claim that the issue of human trafficking and prostitution is related to larger issues and that the measure will only criminalize a social problem.
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