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California Democrats Do the Unthinkable Against New Bill Making Child Trafficking a Felony

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Sinking to an all-time low, Democrats in California voted to block a bill that would have made trafficking a minor a “serious felony.”

Republicans voted unanimously in favor of the legislation. The bill previously passed the State Senate with Republican support before Democrats killed it.

This bill would have made suspects of child trafficking ineligible for plea bargaining in most circumstances.

The bill would have also made child trafficking part of the state’s 1990s-era “Three Strikes” law, which means life imprisonment after three felonies.

Democrats are accused of attempting to protect serious criminals and child predators inside the entertainment industry.

Republican Shannon Grove introduced the bill, called SB 14, but Democrat Reggie Jones-Sawyer of Los Angeles refused to advance the legislation.

Grove said, “After passing the Senate with a unanimous, bipartisan vote, I had hoped Democrats on the Assembly Public Safety Committee, led by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer, would agree to make sex trafficking of a minor a serious felony.”

“I am profoundly disappointed that committee Democrats couldn’t bring themselves to support the bill, with their stubborn and misguided objection to any penalty increase regardless of how heinous the crime,” she continued.

“Human trafficking of children is a growing tragedy that disproportionately targets minority girls, and California is a hotbed because of our lenient penalties,” Grove said.

“The sad reality is that trafficked children on Figueroa Street and across California will continue to be raped and victimized until Assembly Democrats take action,” she added. “Since the bill was granted reconsideration, I will continue to work with the committee and fight for Californians who are outraged by their decision.”

“The bill is eligible for reconsideration, which means it could still pass,” the report said.

Democrats’ opposition to the bill coincides with the Hollywood film “Sound of Freedom” exploding in popularity among Americans. The film puts a spotlight on the issue of human trafficking and quickly skyrocketed to the top of the box office.

“Passion of Christ” actor Jim Caviezel stars in the movie as Tim Ballard, a former government agent who embarks on a mission to rescue children from sex traffickers in Colombia. It is produced by Eduardo Verástegui, who also plays a role in the film.

The plot centers around Ballard’s Operation Underground Railroad, though some commentators have questioned its accuracy. The film was released on July 4, 2023, by Angel Studios, and has grossed $85 million worldwide against a $14.5 million budget.

“Sound of Freedom” has been praised for its performances, particularly Caviezel’s, and for its message of hope and redemption.

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