California has just legalized the practice of prostitution by minors.
As ably reported by Travis Allen in The Washington Examiner, California has legalized prostitution by minors. Though several news sites have rushed to say this is not true — quibbling over the concept of “decriminalization” as distinguished from “legalization” in this instance (see, e.g., this from The Blaze) — the plain text of SB 1322, the bill in question, prevents police from arresting or otherwise taking into custody minors who are soliciting customers for sex unless certain other conditions (beyond the mere fact that the minor is engaging in prostitution) exist.
SB 1322 only allows a minor to be taken into temporary custody, “pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 305 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, if the conditions allowing temporary custody without warrant are met.” Section 305(a) in turn allows the police to take the minor into protective custody only if, “the minor has an immediate need for medical care, or the minor is in immediate danger of physical or sexual abuse, or the physical environment or the fact that the child is left unattended poses an immediate threat to the child’s health or safety.”
It is not at all clear that a minor, on the street, soliciting payment from customers for sexual acts, would trigger the protective custody provisions of Section 305(a). Maybe it would, maybe it wouldn’t — I didn’t study California child welfare laws in Samoan* Lawyer School (not an actual Samoan law school), but I can confidently say just from reading the statute that there is a tremendous amount of red tape, and the involvement of child welfare agents, involved in acting under Section 305.
The proponents of this bill, predictably, claim that removing the threat of criminal sanction from the minor — quite possibly a child victimized by sex traffickers — will somehow help the child (see the Allen article, linked above). This is a, to put it mildly, difficult pile of garbage to swallow. When I went to the above-mentioned Samoan* Lawyer School, we had a saying about the concept of “intent” that went something like this: “A person may be presumed to have intended the natural and probable consequences of his actions.”
The natural and certain consequence of this action is to make it harder to take underage prostitutes off the street, which helps only one class of persons: the pimps who put them out on the street. Pimp don’t make money widout no product on da street (I did not make a high grade in Pimp Dialect at Samoan* Lawyer School).
The law also, by removing the threat of criminal prosecution against the minor, removes the usual, prosecutorial maneuver of bargaining with the little fish (the minor prostitute) for information on the identity and whereabouts of the big fish (the pimp) in return for reduced sanction or even dismissal of charges.
In short, let’s call this the California Pimp Protection Act and just be done with it.
But I hear everyone who’s read this far asking, “why, why, would legislators want to protect pimps who put children on the street to have sex, for money, with people who are, by definition, pedophiles?”
Hmmmm. Well, for starters, California is completely controlled by Democrats, which means it is, at the government level, entirely without real opposition to the “progressive” (leftist) agenda at this point. There is an out-in-the-open movement among leftists, primarily in academia (for now), to normalize pedophilia. Don’t believe me? Read the fine, fine reporting on this subject by one Robert Stacy McCain, the undisputed heir to the Gonzo Journalism crown created by the late Hunter S. Thompson, at the preceding link as well as here, here, and here.
In the first of those “here’s,” McCain reports on the connection between Hollywood film industry bigwigs-who-are-also-pedophiles and donations to Democrat candidates; i.e., the sort of people that just passed and signed SB 1322. The allegations of rampant pedophilia in the California film industry are hardly the stuff of conspiracy-sites. Several famous, former child stars have spoken out about what appears to be a prevalent and known propensity for certain people in the film industry to seek sexual access to underage, mostly male actors.
As a good Samoan* lawyer, I will certainly acknowledge that the so-called “pizza-gate” suspicions of a pedophilia ring operating among certain highly-placed people in the Democrat Party and the Clinton Campaign are sometimes voiced by people who give off that faint odor of tin-foil hats, but in any search for the truth, one must look at the facts cited by the arguer, not at the material of his or her hat. The facts appear to include that Jeffrey Epstein is a known pedophile and that Bill Clinton regularly flew with him down to his private island on what was dubbed the “Lolita Express.”
In other words, it is not very hard at all to draw lines between people who fund Democrat candidates, highly influential Democrats, and pedophilia.
Here is a simple way to look at all this: Many of our “progressive” elites say, quite gleefully it would seem, that we are now in the “post-Christian” era. Before Christianity revolutionized the ancient world, sex with children was available to anyone who wanted to buy or rent a child slave, and historical evidence is sickeningly common that this sort of thing went on all the time. So if Christianity is not putting a damper on this among progressives, should we be at all surprised that their behavior is reverting to that of the pre-Christian era?
Moreover, should we be surprised that a state, California, dominated politically by such people, and whose politicians are funded by such people, would adopt a law that seems tailor-made to keep children easily available for pay-as-you-go, anonymous sex? Unfortunately, in 2017, we cannot responsibly be surprised by this. This is a natural and probable consequence.
To sum up, the gag-inducing attempt by leftists in California to convince us that allowing underage prostitution is an attempt to stop the trafficking of children for sex with pedophile adults does not pass the Samoan* Lawyer smell test. At at time when we are seeing leftist academicians using the same techniques to normalize pedophilia that were used to normalize same-sex “marriage,” this legislative act in California must be recognized as part and parcel of the same.
So if California wants to leave the Union, let’s help them realize that dream sooner rather than later.