Saying California needs common-sense prostitute control to curtail the epidemic of sex trafficking crimes, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom today proposed new laws including mandatory background checks for boyfriends and husbands.
“Today the rising tide of crimes against sex workers will start to recede,” Newsom said at a 3 a.m. press conference at a West Sacramento motel swarming with cops. “First, we’re going to close the cheap motel loophole. And if you have a penis, we’re putting you on notice – register with the Department of Justice or face stiff penalties.”
Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles who is running against the former mayor of San Francisco to become Governor, called the proposal a “cheap trick” designed first to distract attention from Newsom’s checkered sexual past and then to “get behind the women of the #MeToo movement.”
“For God’s sake, everyone in City Hall knew Gavin was cheating on his wife with the wife of his chief of staff ,” Villaraigosa said of the 2007 news that rocked the City by the Bay and led to Newsom’s divorce. “Besides that, we need stricter regulations on shaft length and better emission control technology. And what was Newsom doing in West Sac at 3 a.m. anyway?”
Newsom parried quickly. “I like Antonio’s taste in women, but for God’s sake, everyone at City Hall knew he was cheating on his wife with a much-younger TV journalist,” he said of the 2007 news that rocked the City of Angels and led to Villaraigosa’s divorce.
Republican candidate John Cox called the proposal “deeply troubling” because “not all men” cheat on their wives or pay for sex with prostitutes. “You’ll have to pry my wife’s cold dead hands from … I mean … we don’t want to promote back alley sex by closing the motel loophole.”
Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen, also in the race for governor, said Newsom’s ideas were “unconstitutional” because the new laws would exempt transmen and women with penises. “Gavin clearly doesn’t understand equal protection under the law,” he said.
Both Republicans faced a swift backlash on Twitter.
If approved by voters in the 2018 election, the following laws would take effect on Jan. 1, 2019.
- Mandatory husband and boyfriend background checks
- Close the cheap motel loophole
- Make it a criminal act to transport more than 100 condoms across state lines
- Every man with a penis must register with DOJ (transmen and women exempt)