FROM Allison Newcombe
Should Victims of Sex Trafficking Be Locked Up to Keep Them Safe? Three years ago, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 35 — to greatly increase penalties for pimps who traffic in minors. In the past, the children have been treated as criminals and sent to juvenile hall, but the new law says they are victims of crime and should be treated with more compassion. The trafficking continues — with 12 the average age of children, boys as well as girls -- who serve as prostitutes. Now some LA County officials are asking Sacramento for authority to lock them up — for their own protection. Allison Newcombe is a staff attorney with the Alliance for Children's Rights, which provides legal services to children and youth.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.