Pimps Controlling California Neighborhoods And Prostitution On The Rise Are Addressed By The Newsom Administration

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office responded tepidly to the uproar from Californians and government officials regarding flagrant prostitution in broad daylight after a contentious law went into force.

Pimps Controlling California Neighborhoods And Prostitution On The Rise Are Addressed By The Newsom Administration

“Prostitution is illegal, and sex trafficking is a serious and abhorrent crime — as evidenced by ongoing law enforcement operations that occur regularly across California, including the significant arrests and felony charges in San Diego just last week,” the office of Newsom told Fox News Digital.

“As the Governor stated when he signed the Safer Streets For All Act, the Administration is closely monitoring the implementation of this particular law, and is committed to responding to any unintended consequences,” the office added.

This week, Fox News Digital contacted the governor’s office regarding a business owner who said that pimps had taken over a San Diego neighbourhood by using the threat of reprisals to get residents to stay silent about the numerous nearly-naked women who were strolling the streets. The local district attorney and the business owner have been debating that the statute should be repealed right now and that keeping an eye on the situation is becoming outdated.
“Prostitutes will enter the homes and ask people to stop staring and ask what they are looking at. Of how prostitutes in San Diego near the National City border talk to business owners and employees, the San Diego business owner who spoke to Fox News Digital under the condition of anonymity said, “And they elaborate a little bit about calling their pimps to hurt them or harm them or do something to ‘take care of them.'”

Regarding the pimps, the company owner continued, “They are controlling the neighbourhood.”

The proprietor of the company is one of many Californians, including mayors, members of municipal councils, and chiefs of police, who are urging the governor to revoke the Safer Streets for All Act. The law’s opponents claim that it has encouraged open prostitution and sex trafficking on the streets in places like Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego and other cities.

In July 2022, Newsom signed Senate Bill 357, which struck down the prior legislation that forbade loitering with the intention of participating in prostitution. Supporters of the law said that it would shield transgender women from being singled out by the police. The law became operative on January 1, 2023.

Summer Stephan, the Republican district attorney for San Diego County, also urged the governor to overturn the law in an opinion piece she penned late last month, claiming it had injured young women and girls and sent human trafficking into a freefall.

“Girls as young as 13 are being openly sold for sex on San Diego County streets. Women of all ages are being blatantly trafficked for sex, meaning they are forced to walk the streets while their traffickers keep a watchful eye on their every move. One big reason is that California recently repealed the crime of loitering for prostitution with Senate Bill 357,” Stephan wrote in a piece published by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

Fox News Digital was informed on Tuesday by Stephan’s office that she is still “adamant that the legislation should be repealed.”

Upon signing the bill, Newsom stated that his administration “must be cautious about its implementation” and that it would keep an eye out for any unfavourable effects.

“To be clear, this bill does not legalize prostitution. It simply revokes provisions of the law that have led to disproportionate harassment of women and transgender adults. While I agree with the author’s intent, and I am signing this legislation, we must be cautious about its implementation. My administration will monitor crime and prosecution trends for any possible unintended consequences and will act to mitigate any such impacts,” he said at the time.

Stephan argued in her opinion piece that now is the time to repeal the law, calling it an “experiment” that “has failed.”

“It is time to repeal SB 357 and to also increase penalties for sex buyers who are lining the pockets of traffickers. Only by bolstering human trafficking laws can we protect the most vulnerable and stop allowing lives to be destroyed. The experiment of SB 357 has failed,” she wrote.

In an earlier this week comment to Fox News Digital, the San Diego business owner went on to say that the law is a “complete failure” and urged the governor to pay attention to district attorneys and locals who are raising concerns about the problems.

According to the company owner and local media, women in certain Californian neighbourhoods boldly stroll the streets in broad daylight, attempting to woo males, while donning only G-strings and fishnets. The business owner claimed that children riding school buses are even made to walk overused “byproducts” from the prostitutes and witness them standing on the streets.

Stephan contended that purchasing sex in San Diego is so simple that it resembles the drive-thru queue at a fast-food restaurant

“What I saw was an open sex market with young women barely dressed and a line of sex buyers waiting in cars as casually as if they were at a drive-through ordering a hamburger. The traffickers, sex sellers and buyers were undeterred and carried out their business with impunity,” she wrote in last month’s op-ed.

The proprietor of the business mentioned that as the day draws to a close, drivers who are interested in hiring a prostitute can cause traffic jams on the streets.

“At five o’clock at night and after, you try to pull out from a parking spot, and you can have 15 to 20 vehicles driving up and down the street where you cannot back out to go home. They almost have it where they will just point to an open parking spot, you pick up your prostitute, you go and have whatever services done and off you go,” the business owner said.

Numerous sting operations against some of the sex rings have been conducted by police in San Diego and other prostitution hotspots in the state. One such operation took place this year at a massage parlour in San Diego that had long run a sex-for-pay business. During a nationwide anti-human trafficking operation last month, more than 500 alleged pimps, johns, and sex traffickers were taken into custody; in the process, scores of adults and eleven children were saved from human trafficking.

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