Yes, you just read the headline correctly.   California lawmakers have passed legislation that would prohibit the arrest of sex workers who are under the age of 18.   They’re ‘decriminalizing’ underage prostitution because they believe this will somehow help victims of sex trafficking.

 The Washington Examiner reports –

Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. Yes, you read that right.

SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.

This terribly destructive legislation was written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California’s state government with a two-thirds “supermajority.” To their credit, they are sincere in their belief that decriminalizing underage prostitution is good public policy that will help victims of sex trafficking. Unfortunately, the reality is that the legalization of underage prostitution suffers from the fatal defect endemic to progressive-left policymaking: it ignores experience, common sense and most of all human nature — especially its darker side.  Read More:

But, this is not where the bad legislation ends.   They’ve also passed legislation designed to discourage women from having more children while on welfare.   Can you guess what this legislation does?   As the Washington Examiner reports, “No matter how many children someone has while on welfare, the state government will ratchet up payments with each child, with no limit.”   How is this supposed to discourage that?

These liberals believe they can help underage sex trafficking by making it legal for them to be prostitutes.   They also believe they can reduce welfare by giving people the opportunity to collect more?   Does this make you think of the song, “If I Only Had a Brain?”