Read and acknowledge the disclaimer at the bottom of page. The California Department of Justice has not considered or assessed the specific risk that any convicted sex offender displayed on this website will commit another offense or the nature of any future crimes that may be committed. Only information on registered sex offenders allowed to be disclosed under California law appears on this website.Under state law, some registered sex offenders are not subject to public disclosure, so they are not included on this site.If FOSTA is passed by the Senate and signed into law by the president, it will do nothing to prevent sex trafficking, prosecute offenders, or protect victims.It does, however, run the high risk of making these crimes more clandestine and inhibiting current law enforcement efforts.The only problem is that many politicians are so amenable to any anti-trafficking intervention; they aren't adequately assessing half-baked policies before voting in favor of them.Most recently, the House of Representatives passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), 388 in favor and only 25 opposed.Many anti-trafficking advocates contend that regardless of the displacement and dispersion, these efforts are important and useful, but criminological theory and empirical research suggest otherwise.At present, most law enforcement and anti-human trafficking agencies are singularly focused on virtually patrolling which is why 73% of the 10,000 child-trafficking reports received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) involve that website.
If FOSTA is passed into law, this number will mushroom, including restricted access websites that operate under the radar of law enforcement.
At first blush, this may seem like a win in the war against sex trafficking, but in reality it's not.
Like many forms of crime, sex trafficking operates in relation to law enforcement like a game of cat and mouse.
Instead of vilifying third parties, it would stand to reason that a more practical approach to combating sex trafficking would be to facilitate communication and partnerships between these businesses and law enforcement.
We already have laws in place to prosecute businesses that are complicit in sex trafficking operations.