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Letter: Fight sex trafficking

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Kudos to Folsom’s Police Officers Association for endorsing Proposition 35 (Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act) to strengthen California’s human trafficking laws. Human trafficking is a horrible crime that profits from enslaving people, typically the most vulnerable, for sexual servitude and forced labor. The victims are often girls as young as 12 who are terrorized and sexually exploited for the financial gain of the traffickers. The crime is flourishing throughout the U.S. because the profits are huge and state laws are weak. Currently, California requires only 3 to 8 years and a $100,000 fine for trafficking a child. Voting “Yes” on Proposition 35 will increase the penalties for child trafficking to 15 years to life; increase fines up to $1,500,000 (for victim services); require convicted sex traffickers to register as sex offenders; and require registered sex offenders to disclose their Internet accounts. Folsom’s Police Officers Association is joined by police associations throughout California; California’s Democratic and Republican parties; numerous elected officials, such as Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, many mayors, city council and state assembly members; business community members; and child protection advocates, including the KlaasKids Foundation and John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted. Learn about Proposition 35 at www.VoteYesOn35.com. Hope Francis, Folsom