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The War on Sex

Edited by
David M. Halperin
David M. Halperin

David M. Halperin is W. H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality in the English Department at the University of Michigan and the author, most recently, of How to Be Gay.

Trevor Hoppe is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York, and author of Punishing Disease.

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Trevor Hoppe
Trevor Hoppe

David M. Halperin is W. H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality in the English Department at the University of Michigan and the author, most recently, of How to Be Gay.

Trevor Hoppe is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York, and author of Punishing Disease.

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Duke University Press
ISBN electronic:
978-0-8223-7314-8
Publication date:
2017
Book Chapter

California’s Proposition 35 and the Trouble with Trafficking

By
Carol Queen
Carol Queen
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Penelope Saunders
Penelope Saunders
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Published:
March 2017

In November 2012, California’s voter initiative process led to the passage of a new law criminalizing human trafficking. Funded by an Internet entrepreneur and riding a wave of anti-trafficking activism, the CASE Act is likely to spawn comparable attempts at law reform in other states. Covering the history of the law in California as well as the way anti-trafficking activism in the United States has trended toward a conflation of the notion of “trafficking” with the much larger category of prostitution, this essay will give special attention to elements of the new law that further criminalize consensual conduct and subvert civil rights through the CASE Act’s use of the sex offender registry. Based on inflated numbers and junk science, the notion of trafficking sold to California voters bore little resemblance to the reality of debt bondage and nonconsent—things that California law already criminalized.

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