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Proposition 35, the ballot initiative that seeks to broaden the definition of human trafficking and impose stiffer penalties on offenders, has accrued a long list of endorsements, from elected officials to law enforcement.
However, that list grew a littler shorter last week after SAGE Project, (Standing Against Global Exploitation), a Northern California-based group that works with victims of trafficking, rescinded its endorsement. The group’s board of directors said it had a change of heart after careful review of the measure and asked that the group's name be removed from the Proposition 35 website.
The organization's decision to take back its support is a serious matter and raises another question: If the ballot measure promises to provide much-needed tools to prosecutors, then why are some key advocates for human trafficking victims reluctant to throw their support behind it?