Residents of San Francisco’s Mission District criticized the city for failing its constituents, especially minority residents, as “brutal sex trafficking,” threatening pimps and distracted johns brazenly take over the neighborhood’s streets, according to a recent petition.

“San Francisco is failing the Mission District and its less privileged, primarily BIPOC, constituents. The city has no consistent plan to prevent rampant and brutal sex trafficking from infiltrating and degrading the neighborhood,” a petition published last week by Mission District residents reviewed by Fox News Digital Programs.

The petition asks the city to install license plate readers “as soon as possible” between 15th and 25th streets at Shotwell, Capp, Folsom, South Van Ness, Treat and Harrison streets in the Mission District. The petition adds that cameras should be installed in any “surrounding areas where sex trafficking occurs on a nightly basis.”

“Our hope is that the license plate readers send a signal to criminals involved in trafficking women and girls that it is no longer safe to operate freely in our residential neighborhood. In addition to sex trafficking, the aforementioned locations cover areas of known trafficking of drugs,” the petition concludes.

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San Francisco officials recently approved a plan to install 400 license plate readers throughout the city to combat crime, including the rampant theft that has rocked the city in recent years.

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Prostitution and sex trafficking have skyrocketed in California cities (according to residents, elected officials and law enforcement leaders) since the Democratic governor took office. Gavin Newsom signed legislation called the Safer Streets for All Act.

The legislation, signed in July 2022 and officially taking effect in early 2023, repealed a previous law that prohibited loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution. The bill was defended as one that would help protect transgender women from allegedly being attacked by the police.

Critics, including residents and business owners, are demanding that the governor repeal the law, arguing that it has promoted brazen prostitution, including pimps who control neighborhoods in San Diego, barely dressed women who walk the sidewalks in broad daylight looking for of clients and rampant sex trafficking.

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San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan, a Republican, wrote an op-ed late last month calling on the governor to repeal the law, saying it has led to a spiral of human trafficking and is harming young women and girls.

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A woman on the streets of San Diego wearing high heels and skimpy clothes.

“Girls as young as 13 are openly sold for sex on the streets of San Diego County. In fact, women of all ages are blatantly trafficked for sex, meaning they are forced to walk the streets while their traffickers watch their every life. A big reason is that California The crime of vagrancy was recently repealed. prostitution with Senate Bill 357,” Stephan wrote in an article published by The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Prostitution problems in San Diego have increased since California’s controversial SB 357 became law, according to one business owner.

When Newsom signed the bill, he said his administration “must be cautious about its implementation” and would monitor any negative consequences. When asked by Fox News Digital earlier this month about the recent outrage and calls to repeal the law, Newsom’s office provided a lukewarm response.

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“Prostitution is illegal and sex trafficking is a serious and abhorrent crime, as evidenced by ongoing law enforcement operations that occur regularly in California, including significant arrests and felony charges in San Diego last week,” the office said. from Newsom to Fox News Digital previously. this month.

“As the Governor stated when he signed the Safer Streets for All Act, the Administration is closely monitoring the implementation of this particular law and is committed to responding to any unintended consequences,” the office added.

In San Francisco’s Mission district, residents told local media that the parade of endless customers seeking prostitutes has led to hit-and-run accidents, while prostitutes reportedly threatened residents that their armed pimps would shoot them if they They interfered with illegal traffic. sexual operations.

“There are literally lines of hundreds of customers going around the block all night long,” one Mission District resident told NBC San Francisco.

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The neighborhood is no stranger to prostitution, as it has been a problem for decades; However, last year residents began reporting to the media that prostitution was increasing and becoming brazen and “rampant” on the city’s streets.

The line of customers waiting for prostitutes has also led to minor car accidents and hit-and-runs, according to residents.

“Everyone has a hit-and-run story,” another resident told the outlet. “Everyone has a story about an altercation.”

The petition adds that rampant solicitation in the neighborhood places trafficked women and children in the crosshairs of “immeasurable harm.”

“The overall impact is immeasurable harm to the trafficked women and girls and to the Central Mission neighborhood, families and businesses. The city of San Francisco, due to its decades-long neglect of the situation, is responsible,” it states. the burning request.

Police monitor areas of the Mission District to help curb rampant prostitution, but residents said they can’t be there at all hours of the day trying to protect themselves from prostitution.

“In general, what we’ve noticed is that as soon as the police leave, they come back,” one resident told the San Francisco Standard. “They know the procedure.”

The San Francisco Police Department told Fox News Digital that officials arrested “25 people in the last 3 months” in the Mission District area, the majority of whom were men. The police spokesperson added that the department has long been aware of the “decades-long challenges involving sex workers” in the neighborhood and will “continue to enforce the law.”

“Our officers always ask suspected sex workers if they are being trafficked to see if they need additional services,” the spokesperson said. “We will continue to enforce the law and work with the community and our city partners to address this issue.”

The San Francisco mayor’s office and Newsom’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on the matter.

Original article source: San Francisco residents rage against blue city’s failure to curb rampant ‘brutal sex trafficking’ on streets

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