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It’s Time California Punishes Child Sex Predators with Felonies

Many are unaware that in California, soliciting a minor for sex is only a misdemeanor. Concern deepens as some oppose making it a felony.

In California, where progressive policies often trump common sense, a pivotal piece of legislation is vying for survival in the legislative gauntlet. Spearheaded by Republican State Senator Shannon Grove, with an unexpected alliance of Democratic co-sponsors, this legislation aims to transform the abhorrent act of buying child sex from a mere slap on the wrist to a grievous felony. It’s a beacon of hope that, in an age where political lines are fiercely drawn, protecting our children remains a cause that can unite us.

However, despite its noble intent, this bill is teetering on the edge of oblivion. Critics, ensnared in the web of identity politics, argue that this legislation could disproportionately target minorities. It’s clear that there are people who’d rather cry wolf over phantom racial biases instead of standing up for our kids. When the welfare of our children takes a backseat to playing politics, we’re dealing with a level of moral bankruptcy that’s downright sinister. To this, Grove’s response is as straightforward as it is compelling: “Red, yellow, black, or white, you should be in prison.” It’s a sentiment that cuts through the noise, emphasizing that when it comes to exploiting children, there’s no room for racial calculus—only justice. 

The audacity of California‘s current statute to treat soliciting minors for sex as a misdemeanor is nothing short of scandalous. It’s a law that trivializes the exploitation of the innocent, offering a mere slap on the wrist to those who prey on our most vulnerable. Grove’s legislation seeks to rectify this grave injustice by imposing up to four years in prison and hefty fines on these predators, and mandating a decade-long registration as a sex offender. It’s a step towards acknowledging the severity of this crime and protecting our children from the clutches of exploitation.

Last year, Grove managed to navigate her ship through the stormy waters of California’s Democratic stronghold, passing legislation that elevated child sex trafficking to a major felony. It was a victory marred by the need for social media outcry to shake the legislature into action. Now, as Grove sets her sights on the buyers, the very demand fueling this vile trade, one has to wonder: Will California’s leaders rise to the occasion without the prod of public outrage?

It’s disheartening that the debate over such a bill even exists. In any rational society, the protection of children from sexual exploitation should be a foregone conclusion, a non-negotiable pillar of our moral code. Yet, here we are, watching as California teeters on the brink of decision. It’s time for California, and indeed all of America, to unequivocally declare that exploiting children is not just a crime—it’s an abomination against humanity.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.