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County Top Prosecutor Endorses Proposition 35

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen publicly supported the 'Stop Human Trafficking' measure on the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen has endorsed Proposition 35 – Stop Human Trafficking in California. 

Slated for the November 2012 ballot, Proposition 35 is an initiative that will fight back against human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children in the state.

Rosen strongly endorsed the measure, saying, “We need Prop 35 in California, an initiative that helps District Attorneys like myself and law enforcement fight human trafficking and sexual exploitation in our state. Santa Clara County is leading the way locally in fighting these crimes, but we need the tougher penalties that Prop 35 puts in place to get human traffickers off the streets and away from preying on women and children on the internet. Join me in voting yes on Prop 35 this November.”   

Rosen took office as District Attorney of Santa Clara County on Jan. 3, 2011.  He oversees the largest prosecutors office north of Los Angeles, serving a population of about 1.8 million. The District Attorney’s Office has 530 employees, including 182 deputy district attorneys, and prosecutes approximately 40,000 cases each year. Rosen joined the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office in 1995. 

With this endorsement, Rosen joins District Attorneys Jan Scully (Sacramento County), Dean Flippo (Monterey County), Nancy O’Malley (Alameda County), Michael Ramos (San Bernardino County), Lisa S. Green (Kern County), and Birgit Fladager (Stanislaus County) in supporting Proposition 35. Additionally, Proposition 35 has been endorsed by dozens of organizations who provide services to and advocate for victims of human trafficking.

About Proposition 35 – Stop Human Trafficking in California:

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.   

Human trafficking is said to be one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world – and it is taking place right here in our own backyard. Three cities in California – San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego – are recognized by the FBI as high intensity child sex trafficking areas. In addition, a recent national study by a victims' rights group gave California an "F" grade for its weak laws dealing with child sex trafficking.      

Proposition 35, a partnership of California Against Slavery and the Safer California Foundation, will protect children in California by:

  • Increasing prison terms for human traffickers.
  • Requiring convicted sex traffickers to register as sex offenders.
  • Requiring all registered sex offenders to disclose their internet accounts.
  • Requiring criminal fines from convicted human traffickers to pay for services to help victims.

Proposition 35 has also been endorsed by organizations representing more than 95,000 rank-and-file California peace officers, advocates for the protection of children, including Marc Klaas and the KlaasKids Foundation, and victims who survived sexual exploitation when they were children. Prop 35 has strong bipartisan support and is endorsed by both major political parties in California.

For comprehensive information on Proposition 35, visit www.VoteYesOn35.com.

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Larry Cargnoni October 08, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery that cuts across rich/poor and all races. It must be stopped. I've not made my decision yet on prop 35..but here are some alternative thoughts: http://jvanek.wordpress.com/ The link is safe....
Larry Arzie October 08, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Human trafficking has been going on in California since the white man arrived, It was in other parts of this continent even before Columbus arrived. We have a long history of exploitation in this country. The more we can do to control it the better. I just hope those who were exploited themselves and part of trafficking due to this are not automatically branded if arrested, but helped instead. This is an world wide problem that just seems not to go away. It is an unfortunate human trait to control for personal gain.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz October 09, 2012 at 12:06 AM
CA is close to the South of the Border & it's really happening there quite awhile! Hope this passes & comes through with what they say they will.
Julian Groft October 09, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Hope it passes by a high number because if it doesnt, thats just going to make me sad for humanity

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