Like the Thirteenth Amendment, which made slavery punishable by law, additional statutes that protect victims and punish those involved in sex trafficking are needed in the United States to abolish modern-day slavery. This Comment focuses specifically on California's laws relating to sex trafficking for two reasons. First, California's laws fail to adequately address the demand for sex trafficking. Second, California has a unique relationship to pornography, which is intrinsically linked to sex trafficking. Part II explains the definition and realities of sex trafficking with a special focus on buyers creating demand for sex trafficking. Part III discusses the current state of both the United States federal law and California state law by examining existing human trafficking statutes and applicable case law. Part IV analyzes the impact of California law on sex trafficking and the need for California to address demand. Part V suggests ways California can amend its human trafficking and pandering statutes to better address the demand for sex trafficking. Part VI concludes.
Rachel N. Busick
Blurred Lines or Bright Line? Addressing the Demand for Sex Trafficking Under California Law,
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