Calif. voters to weigh sex trafficking penalties
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California voters will get to vote on a measure that would increase penalties for human sex trafficking and require social media disclosures by convicted sex offenders.
The Secretary of State’s office says the measure qualified for the November ballot on Thursday, after county election officials verified that supporters turned in more than 500,000 valid signatures.
Those convicted of sex trafficking could face 15 years to life in prison and fines up to $1.5 million if voters approve. The measure also would devote fines from traffickers to services to help victims.
Convicted traffickers would have to register as sex offenders. And the measure would require that sex offenders disclose to law enforcement the identities they use in online activities like social networking and email.
It is the sixth measure to qualify for the November ballot.