SAN DIEGO – An anti-human trafficking bill that was authored by Assemblymember Brian Maienschein was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown today. AB 2105 allows courts to triple any fine, add a civil penalty, or damage award regarding the purchase of sex from a minor.

“In San Diego alone, sex trafficking is estimated to be an $810 million a year industry and we can see that criminal sanctions are not enough to stop these reprehensible enterprises.”

“AB 2105 protects children from sex predators looking to make money off their suffering. It also provides a base statutory civil penalty of $10,000 to be awarded to minor sex trafficking victims. This new law deters child sex purchasers and provides a source of funds for the rehabilitation of victims of commercial sexual exploitation,” said Maienschein.

The U.S. State Department conservatively estimates 14,500-17,500 people are trafficked annually in the country. More than 80% of reported trafficking cases are sex trafficking cases. The average age of entry for girls into prostitution or pornography is 12-14 years; for boys in California, the average age drops to 11 to 13 years old.

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, of San Diego, represents the 77th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of 4S Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Carmel Valley, Clairemont, Del Dios, Del Mar Heights, Fairbanks Ranch, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Santa Fe, Sabre Springs, San Carlos, San Pasqual Valley, Scripps Ranch, Sorrento Valley, and Tierrasanta.

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