Recently Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell has ordered his department to no longer arrest underage prostitutes and that they shouldn’t be referred to as child prostitutes.
“They are child victims and survivors of rape,” McDonnell wrote in a letter to his employees. “We must remember that children cannot consent to sex under any circumstance.”
This is actually kind of a big deal considering the massive amount of square mileage that the LASD has jurisdiction over. Just the unincorporated parts of L.A. County covers 4,083 square miles.
Sheriff McDonnell goes on to say…
McDonnell said that he has instructed his employees to stop using the terms “child prostitute” and “underage prostitution.”
Using those terms, McDonnell said, strips responsibility from the traffickers and the people who pay to have sex with children.
“Buyers,” he said, “should be viewed as child molesters and predators.”
I couldn’t agree more. The only problem is that historically the punishment for the johns hasn’t been harsh enough to effectively curtail the demand. To make this an ideal situation new legislation for increased sentencing would be needed to go along with this much-needed view on the underage victims of sex trafficking.
Thanks to Jade for the tip.