The sheriff of Los Angeles County announced Wednesday that his department will not arrest children for prostitution.
Sheriff Jim MCDonnell says, “They are child victims and survivors of rape. We must remember that children cannot consent to sex under any circumstance.” The department will push for changes in the law and in the way services for children are delivered. Now when his staff comes in contact with a child who appears to be a victim, they direct them toward the help they need. “It’s still a work in progress, designed to focus on providing children with help rather than locking them up.