The interpretation of this bill is controversial. On one hand, anyone under the 18 can no longer be arrested for prostitution. Therefore, some say California just made child prostitution legal. On the other hand, the defenders of the new law say the bill is to protect children from coming to harm at the hands of adults. PLEASE TAKE NATIONAL POLLS AND PETITIONS. YOUR OPINION MATTERS Results Are Sent To Congress - Let Congress Hear Your Voice
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As of January 1, 2017, police officers in the state of California are be banned from arresting any person under the age of 18 for soliciting or loitering with intent, according to Senate Bill 1322.
The law also requires police to report allegations of child prostitution to county child welfare agencies.
Advocates of the law say it will help child victims of sex trafficking get treatment rather than sending them to juvenile hall and tagging them with a rap sheet for prostitution.
State Sen. Holly J. Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, who introduced the bill, said, “The law is supposed to protect vulnerable children from adult abuse, yet we brand kids enmeshed in sex-for-pay with a scarlet ‘P’ and leave them subject to shame and prosecution. This is our opportunity to do what we say is right in cases of sex trafficking: stop the exploiters and help the exploited.”
But Travis Allen, a Republican lawmaker representing the 72nd Assembly District in the California Legislature, warned of the fallout from what he called a “terribly destructive legislation was written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California’s state government.”
“Teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution,” Allen wrote in a column published by the Washington Examiner.