California Advances Bill to Combat Child Sex Trafficking

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A bill in California aimed at reclassifying child sex trafficking as a serious felony, leading to longer prison terms for offenders, has advanced in the state legislature. Initially facing opposition from some Democrats arguing it could cause over-incarceration, the bill ultimately passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee 6-0 after revisions to clarify its scope. Under current state law, human trafficking of minors for commercial sex can result in a maximum of 12 years in prison, while cases involving force or violence can lead to 15 years to life. The bill’s advancement comes as California is facing a significant human trafficking problem.