California laws on minors dating adults
Only statutes that describe felony offenses are included.In three of the five states examined, the statutory provisions do not even apply to 17-year-old women, but to those 16 and younger.A female police officer poses as a prostitute on Holt Boulevard, known to sex workers throughout southern California as "the track," during a major prostitution sting operation.(Getty Images/David Mc New) The state of California has not legalized child prostitution, contrary to reports you may have read online recently. Jerry Brown (D) in September, does decriminalize prostitution in the case of minors — an important distinction as the law aims to protect children by treating them as victims, not as criminals.Existing law makes it a crime to loiter in any public place with the intent to commit prostitution.This bill would make the above provisions inapplicable to a child under 18 years of age who is alleged to have engaged in conduct that would, if committed by an adult, violate the above provisions.For example, in 1988, babies born to women aged 21-30 were fathered by men who were, on average, three years older than their partner.
First, regardless of the mother's age, the pattern of fathers being slightly older than mothers fits squarely within societal norms.
So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.
At the time, Brown also signed additional bills that would protect victims from additional charges for crimes they might be forced to commit while a victim of human trafficking and seal their records, according to the Los Angeles Times.
And sex traffickers will still be held accountable.
As Snopes noted in September when the law was passed: This does not, however, mean that child prostitution is legal.