Human Traffic Watch

Elizabeth Hovde: Shouldn’t buying sex with children be a felony?

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm

If Oregon’s full legislative body gets to vote onHouse Bill 2019, it has the chance to treat this crime more seriously and deter buyers from committing their crime here. Make it happen, legislative leaders.

The law makes buying sex with a minor a felony (ya think?), and if a person is convicted, he or she lands on the sex offender registry. Being an accomplice in destroying a child’s life wouldn’t be such an anonymous action. HB2019 has gotten the necessary nods needed to meet approval in the House. Now, legislators can’t let it get watered down like Senate Bill 673 has been. The two bills started out identical and were carried well by the lawmakers who sponsored them, I’m told, but the Senate version was tweaked in the Judiciary Committee to make the crime of buying sex with a kid a misdemeanor on the first offense. The reason for that has not been adequately explained. Advocates believe that it was thought that the bill was simply too tough.

Hogwash.

Source: Oregon Live

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