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August 19, 2016

A controversial bill that would decriminalize prostitution for minors squeezed out of the California Assembly on Thursday and is now headed back to the Senate for a final vote.

SB 1322, authored by Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), would make the crimes of solicitation and loitering with intent to commit prostitution misdemeanors inapplicable to children younger than 18. It also would allow law enforcement to take sexually exploited children into temporary custody if leaving them unattended would pose an immediate threat to their health or safety.

August 10, 2016

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe called on the members of the California Assembly to vote in support of Senate Bill 1322, which comes before them tomorrow.  The Bill, sponsored by State Senator Holly Mitchell and approved by the State Senate, would decriminalize prostitution for minors.  In urging his support, Knabe said:

“There is no such thing as a child prostitute!  The most vulnerable children in our communities are coerced into selling themselves for sex, and are forced to do it through brutal violence and intimidation.  They are not the criminals here and we must treat them like the victims they are!  Our focus should be on bringing to justice those who buy and sell little girls.

August 08, 2016

Awareness of the sexual exploitation of young people in the United States and around much of the world is arguably at an all-time high. That’s why it is so dismaying to see a common-sense bill offered by state Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, facing criticism from law-enforcement groups and possible rejection by the state Assembly.

August 05, 2016

Diana clasps her hands, which seem too small to be cracked and callused, as she tells her story publicly for the first time. As a waitress and dishwasher at Costa del Sol in Pacoima, California, she said she worked close to 50 hours a week for nearly two years. She wasn’t even in middle school yet. Diana, now 13, was a victim of human trafficking.

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