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LGBT Activists Speak Out Against CA Bill That Would Make Child Sex Trafficking a Felony

In Gavin Newsom’s California, protecting children from sex trafficking is controversial.

Senate Bill 1414 (SB 1414), introduced in the California Senate by Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield), aims to make soliciting sex from a minor a felony.

It is hard to imagine that a bill to protect children from sex trafficking would receive opposition, and yet it has.

Members of the LGBT community recently spoke out against the bill claiming the “harsher penalties” will impact minorities, especially the Queer community, disproportionately.

One activist speaking against the bill to protect children told legislators, “We stand against any punitive measure that perpetuates systematic injustices and emphasize instead the need for community-based solutions.”

Wouldn’t opposing a bill to protect children be an actual example of perpetuating systematic injustice? Against children?

And why were those who spoke out against the bill so convinced their own communities would be so highly impacted by harsher penalties from a bill to reduce child trafficking?

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