Debra J. Saunders

The measure promises to "reduce institutional violence and discrimination against prostitutes." Don't believe it. Existing law already prohibits violence against prostitutes.

But by decriminalizing prostitution and prohibiting the city from seeking funds to go after human trafficking, Proposition K would protect human traffickers, legitimize street prostitution and make it less likely for authorities to intervene when adults peddle young teens for the sexual pleasure of dirty old men.

In passing this measure, the city would be rolling out the welcome mat for those who would pimp out 14-year-old girls and boys, as well as those who traffic in the human sex-slave trade. This isn't compassion. It is human exploitation.

You don't have to be a conservative to see the reasons to vote against Propositions K and R, and in favor of Proposition V. Spokesman Nathan Ballard told me Mayor Gavin Newsom "is against the Bush sewage plant (frivolous), against the prostitution measure (would encourage sex trafficking), and for JROTC (a worthwhile program, shouldn't be a political football)."

It's a matter of common sense, really, and simple decency.

Debra J. Saunders

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