SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown approved legislation decriminalizing prostitution for minors and taking other steps to make life after human trafficking easier for those forced into it.

The Democratic governor announced Monday he signed SB1322 to ban police from charging people under the age of 18 with prostitution.

Brown’s announcement comes on the heels of a teen sex scandal involving officers with the Oakland Police Department. A woman claims she slept with as many as 30 Bay Area police officers and is suing the City of Oakland for $66 million. Two officers are facing charges for having sex with her when she was still a minor.

He also signed bills allowing people to defend themselves against additional criminal charges or records if they were coerced to commit an offense as a human trafficking victim.

Others will raise the age from 13 to 15 that kids can testify outside a courtroom in human trafficking cases, protect victims’ names from disclosure and mandate they have access to county services.

In vetoing financial assistance for sex-crime victims, Brown says the state budget includes $19 million next year for similar services.

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  1. Bethane Blue says:

    There is a difference between human trafficking and voluntary, willful prostitution, which I see many teenaged girls engaging in today. The girls who do this lie and tell adult men [males at least 18 years old] they are of age, but they are not and act as if showing their body parts on the internet and prostitution is a fashion statement and glamorous. Where were this girl’s parents while she was prostituting her body on the street to adult men? She looks like an illegal alien or from illegal aliens [illegal immigrants] where the age of consent in Mexico is 12 years old. I’d like to hear all of the facts about her life and background. She knew what she was doing. But, Jerry Brown, like Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, et al., the ultra liberal left Democrats are encouraging this behavior with this new law, rather than holding everyone [including the girls] who is responsible for the crime accountable and to pay their due punishment. It will be interesting to see if this prostitute does prostitution again in her future when all this “scandal” is over and settled.

    It is sickening to watch the Liberals destroying the values and morals our country was founded upon, our moral history, and the legality, greatness and respect the U.S.A. is built upon, and upon which it was made GREAT. The country everyone around the world hopes to emigrate. The way the Democrat Party encourages illegal immigration and accommodating it is despicable. We have laws and Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jerry Brown should be the first responders to observe them and do the right thing for the country. The minority is taking over the majority, and we watch our country being dismantled, disintegrated. Wake up California. Wake up America. The main stream media like CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, etc., is nothing more than a propaganda mouthpiece and voice for the demolition of our country of and for the selfishness of the liberals, i.e., Democrat Party, which is a DIFFERENT Democrat Party of yesterday, of JFK or Jimmy Carter. The Democrat Party today resembles more and more the Socialist and Communist Parties. When they finally achieve their goal, you will have no freedom and you can kiss your American Dream goodbye.

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