Yes, you read that headline correctly!
Just when you thought that the Democrats who control the state legislature, along with Governor Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown, couldn't do any more crazy things, that notion gets severely dispelled.
According to the Washington Examiner (and this is no joke):
Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. Yes, you read that right.
SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.
This terribly destructive legislation was written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California’s state government with a two-thirds “supermajority.” To their credit, they are sincere in their belief that decriminalizing underage prostitution is good public policy that will help victims of sex trafficking. Unfortunately, the reality is that the legalization of underage prostitution suffers from the fatal defect endemic to progressive-left policymaking: it ignores experience, common sense and most of all human nature — especially its darker side.
The unintended but predictable consequence of how the real villains — pimps and other traffickers in human misery — will respond to this new law isn’t difficult to foresee. Pimping and pandering will still be against the law whether it involves running adult women or young girls. But legalizing child prostitution will only incentivize the increased exploitation of underage girls. Immunity from arrest means law enforcement can’t interfere with minors engaging in prostitution — which translates into bigger and better cash flow for the pimps. Simply put, more time on the street and less time in jail means more money for pimps, and more victims for them to exploit.To see that this is REALLY not a joke, go here.
And, it that not enough to make a good, red-blooded American's hair turn grey, here's something from political commentator G. H. Thornhill:
Want more fun news? Starting next year about 50,000 felons, many still in prison, will be allowed to vote in state elections. And how about this one: next year if you go hunting with a friend and let him (or her) use your shotgun you will be breaking the law. I don't think it's possible for the California legislature to have their head any more up their arse than they do now.Maybe we need a "sanctuary state" to get away from lunatic liberal Democrats!