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.
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.
§ 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.
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.