A dead bill that would have made child sex trafficking a three-strike felony was revived and approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee July 13.
Child sex trafficking is already a felony. It comes with a sentence of five-to-12 years in prison, and a maximum sentence of 15 years to life and a fine of more than $1.5 million, if the offense includes force, fear, fraud, violence or threats. Convicts also are required to register as a sex offender.
The crime is not, however, on California’s list of “serious felonies,” which includes murder, rape and lewd acts with a child. Those serious felonies count as strikes in California’s 1994 Three Strikes law.