A California activist against human trafficking says offenders
need to know that they are being watched "offline and online."
Proposition 35, a measure on California's November ballot, would
impose tougher fines and penalties for convicted traffickers.
They would be required to register as sex offenders
and face the possibility of going to jail for 15 years to life
as well as up to $1.5 million in fines.
Daphne Phung, executive
director of California Against Slavery (CAS), says
Proposition 35 would also give traffickers more incentive against
"Prop. 35 on the November ballot will require that convicted sex
offenders disclose their Internet accounts," she details. "We need
to send a message to known predators that we are watching them
offline and online."
Should the initiative pass, sex offenders would have to reveal
to police their e-mail and social networking identities.
"Prop. 35 will also give law enforcement and prosecutors the
tools that they need to stop human trafficking at its source. Prop.
35 will put the traffickers in jail for longer and levy immense
fines to fund victims' services and protect young women and girls,"
The CAS founder believes the law should "reflect the atrocity of
human trafficking." She thinks "it's time for the American public
to recognize that slavery still exists in our great nation."