Proposition 35 Backers Go to Court to Help Enforce Initiative Targeting Human Trafficking
Now that proponents of Proposition 35 have won at the polls, they are going to court to guarantee they'll be the ones who help enforce the "Stop Human Trafficking in California" initiative. Chris Kelly of the Safer California Foundation and Daphne Phung of California Against Slavery filed paperwork in a federal court in Northern California that would allow them to join the Attorney General in defending a Prop. 35 requirement that convicted sex offenders provide "Internet identifiers" to law enforcement.
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California Attorney General Kamala Harris reportedly welcomes the assistance.
The "Internet identifiers" would be a way to out convicted sex offenders while they are online to prevent the exploitation of minors and woman, according to Kelly and Phung.
Meanwhile, the ACLU is challenging parts of Prop. 35 on behalf of registered sex offenders, which has also prompted Kelly and Phung to challenge the plaintiffs' rights to remain anonymous as the case is heard. The pair argues those plaintiffs lost their anonymity rights when they pleaded guilty or were found guilty of their offenses.
Proposition 35 was supported by 81% of the voters on Nov. 6.