Excerpted From Town Hall: I’m not so sure that this is a good idea, folks. I understand the reasons, but does anyone else think there is a better way to combat child prostitution? In California, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown just signed legislation that decriminalized child prostitution in the state (via Sacramento Bee):
Cementing a major shift in how California handles sex crimes, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed legislation decriminalizing prostitution for minors.
By prohibiting law enforcement from arresting people under the age of 18 for soliciting or loitering with intent, Senate Bill 1322 effectively shields those young people from criminal penalties. Advocates argued that young sex workers should be treated as victims, not criminals.
While embracing the idea of treating young sex workers as victims, law enforcement groups warned that removing penalties would remove a crucial tool for detaining young people and keeping them away from their abusers.