Backers of the CASE Act, a needless but popular proposal to fight sex trafficking (because no one ever gets arrested for that in California) declared this week that they have qualified for the November ballot: The CASE folks turned in enough signatures this spring to make the grade.
Look, we don't think scum-bag pimps should get off Scot-free, but California needs another duplicitous law like it needs more yoga.
And here's the thing:
No lawmaker, police group or community organization is going to say no to a law that purports to increase prison terms for sex traffickers, require sex traffickers to register as sex offenders and give up the keys to their social media accounts.
All good. Just needless. There are federal laws on the books. There are state laws against pimping and pandering.
Still, you'll vote for it.
Backers say the California Secretary of State qualified the measure for the ballot yesterday.
CASE stands for Californians Against Sexual Exploitation. A statement from the group says:
In California, many vulnerable women and young girls are held against their will and forced to sell their bodies. The victims are often girls as young as 12 who are sexually exploited for the financial gain of human traffickers. They are afraid for their lives and abused – sexually, physically, and mentally.
Law enforcement groups and politicians have fallen over themselves to endorse this one. It's not a bad thing. It just increases the scope of government when we need to do more with less.