A sixth measure has now officially qualified for the November ballot after it was announced May 10th that a proposal to curb sex slavery and other forms of human trafficking will appear on fall’s ballot. Proponents met the threshold of collecting at least 504,760 valid signatures. The initiative has primarily been funded, at least in the initial stages, by Chris Kelly, a former Facebook chief privacy officer and an unsuccessful candidate for Attorney General.
The official ballot title and summary are as follows:
“Human Trafficking. Penalties. Sex Offender Registration. Initiative Statute.
Increases criminal penalties for human trafficking, including prison sentences up to 15-years-to-life and fines up to $1,500,000. Fines collected to be used for victim services and law enforcement. Requires person convicted of trafficking to register as sex offender. Requires sex offenders to provide information regarding Internet access and identities they use in online activities. Prohibits evidence that victim engaged in sexual conduct from being used against victim in court proceedings. Requires human trafficking training for police officers. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Potential one-time local government costs of up to a few million dollars on a statewide basis, and lesser additional costs incurred each year, due to the new mandatory training requirements for certain law enforcement officers. Minor increase to state and local governments on the costs of incarcerating and supervising human trafficking offenders. Unknown amount of additional revenue from new criminal fees, likely not to exceed the low millions of dollars annually, which would fund services for human trafficking victims.
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