[Audio] Sex trafficking victim talks new laws; Humboldt’s last week of news
In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week: A former sex trafficking victim discusses new state laws affecting prostitution. Prostitutes and the people that use them no longer face mandatory jail time. Children that get roped into the sex trade will no longer be looked as criminals, but instead as victims. Those in favor of this say this it allow more trafficking victims a chance to get out. Those against it say it encourages more prostitution. Elle Snow is the founder of Game Over and last week she spoke at a well-attended meeting in McKinleyville talking about the dangers of sex trafficking in Humboldt County.
“I testified against my trafficker in Eureka two years ago and he was found guilty,” she said. “… Why have we been prosecuting victims of (exploitative) adults for a crime that we as a state believe that minors aren’t even capable of consenting to? …If I would have been arrested while I was being trafficked, I don’t think I ever would have gotten out.”
Game Over’s goal is to end sex trafficking in Humboldt.
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