In California, cases charged with pimping, pandering and human trafficking can range from 2 years to life in state prison. In 2012, under Prop 35 the people of the state of California voted in favor of increasing penalties for human trafficking including sex offender registration and recognizing all minors subjected to commercial sex a victim of a crime. In 2017, California legislation no longer allowed minors to be arrested for prostitution. In combination of Prop 35, using the victim-centered approach, and investigating cases as human trafficking not prostitution, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force stopped arresting minors for prostitution since 2015.

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