Tomorrow morning, Tuesday, April 25th the Public Safety committee of the California Assembly will hold a hearing on Assembly Bill 1402. You can listen to the hearing here live, beginning at 8:30 AM PT.
California’s SB 1322 went into effect on January 1. This bill not only sparked a fiery discussion centered on one op-ed, it also led Assemblyman Travis Allen to introduce AB 1402 for purposes of repealing SB 1322.
Contrary to sensational statements that SB 1322 “legalized child prostitution,” the 2016 bill clarified that children engaged in commercial sex are victims of sex trafficking, deserving of a protective, not punitive, response.
Shared Hope is opposed to California AB 1402, and is working to protect the new law (SB 1322) ensuring that California children who have been exploited are treated as victims of a crime, not as criminals.
We have submitted opposition testimony for the hearing tomorrow. The full text can be found here.