Tell Arizona to Stop Letting Men Who Buy Sex with Kids Off the Hook
  • Petitioned Adam Driggs

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Adam Driggs
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Tell Arizona to Stop Letting Men Who Buy Sex with Kids Off the Hook

    1. Melissa Snow
    2. Petition by

      Melissa Snow

      Washington, DC

Child sex trafficking is a heinous crime and the victims deserve justice. Arizona laws that criminalize human trafficking are strengthening and convictions of traffickers are increasing. However, anti-demand efforts are lagging far behind.

A man who buys sex from a child is neither a “john” nor a “client”, he is a sexual predator. The perpetrator is a child rapist who steals their innocence and youth in exchange for $50 or $100. Research has indicated that demand from buyers for commercial sex is fueling the million dollar illicit market. As a result strong legislation must be passed that specifically targets the buyers and provides law enforcement and prosecutors with the tools for justice.

A.R.S. § 13-3212 has lightened the penalties for men who buy sex with a child who is 15-17 years of age when the prosecutor cannot show evidence of knowledge of the age. This means that a child rapist can walk away with as little as 180 days in jail. More shockingly, this low sentence can be further reduced to 90 days for a first-time offender who agrees to participate in an education program.

Join me in urging Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard and Representative Driggs to amend A.R.S. § 13-3212 to protect all children under the age of 18 and strengthen penalties for predators who buy children.

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    • Deontay Brannon JACKSONVILLE, NC
      • almost 3 years ago

      There are two major reasons why children/ minors are exploited supply by the pimps and demand by the buyers. Both need to be removed from the equation. These victims almost always have lifetime scars pain that can be undone we need to protect as many as we can from this type of destructive life.

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    • Anne Harbrige GILBERT, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      The "johns" are sexual predators, they have a code to use to get young girls like "barely legal". And if they are caught in the act with a minor all they have to say is "I didn't know she was under 18. The law needs to be more strict against the male buyers and the traffickers, not the victims.

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    • Pat Hart FLAGSTAFF, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      because it shouldn't hurt to be a child!

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    • Anne Taylor GAWLER, AUSTRALIA
      • about 3 years ago

      We are all One.

      When one is harmed, all are harmed.

      When one is helped, all are helped.

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    • Benjamin Powers PHOENIX, AZ
      • about 3 years ago

      I cannot express adequately my disgust that these criminals are not made to pay a price commensurate with horrific crime they commit!

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