FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2014
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Tougher Penalties for Johns Who Solicit Children Approved
Huff Legislation to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation Moves Forward
SACRAMENTO: The Senate Public Safety Committee has taken action to approve legislation that will result in felony prosecution and time in prison for anyone who solicits an act of prostitution from, or engages in an act of prostitution with, a person who is under the age of 18. SB 982, authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), provides an important tool that county prosecutors requested to pursue felony convictions especially for those who solicit minors that are 16 or 17 years of age.
The Huff legislation is part of a bipartisan effort to end child sex trafficking in California. The effort involves legislation introduced, co-authored or supported by Sen. Ted Lieu, Sen. Holly Mitchell, Sen. Jerry Hill, Sen. Marty Block, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman and the human-rights group California Against Slavery. Continue reading