Eddie Farnsworth Blocked Hearing for Anti-Child-Sex-Trafficking Bill, Time Running Out for Striker

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Wanna crack down on the sexual exploitation of minors? Then Eddie is not your man.

Pimps selling child prostitutes and the johns who buy them can rest easy knowing that Republican Eddie Farnsworth is chair of the state House Judiciary Committee.

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Despite broad support from both Republicans and Democrats, Farnsworth refused to allow a hearing on House Bill 2569,which would have closed a legal loophole for those selling teenagers for sex, increasing the sentencing range upon conviction, from seven to 21 years up to 13 to 27 years for a first offense.

The bill was the result of a joint task force chaired by Republican Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat. During several meetings, stakeholders discussed how to combat the problem of child sex trafficking in our state, which has received low marks on the subject from advocacy groups.

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Albert Farnsworth, Eddie's nephew, currently doing 30 years in stir for kidnapping and raping a 12-year-old girl

Jodi Liggett, a senior policy adviser to Mayor Stanton, explained there is a range of things that can be done to address the problem.

However, the one thing everyone on the task force could agree on was closing the aforementioned loophole, which treats the selling and buying children under 15 for sex differently than when the victim is 15 to 17 years old.

"There are pretty stiff penalties if you're soliciting or selling someone under the age of 15," Liggett told me. "But if the victim is 15, 16 or 17, relatively speaking, it's a slap on the wrist. So we wanted to wipe that out."

She said the joint task force included prosecutors, researchers, academics, and cops from the Phoenix Police Department's vice squad.

"We had everybody and their cousin on that joint committee," Liggett said. "And we reached a consensus that closing this loophole would be a good first step for Phoenix and Arizona to take, making it a more hostile environment here for traffickers."

Indeed, Shared Hope, an international advocacy group opposed to child sex trafficking issued a 2012 report card for Arizona, giving the state a "C" rating. The organization cited this loophole in the law as one reason for the poor grade.

A close reading of Arizona Revised Statute 13-3212 reveals that if prosecutors cannot prove someone knowingly engaged in prostitution with a minor 15 and up on a first offense, the crime is knocked down to a class six felony. A perpetrator could skate with as little as 90 days in county jail.

Shared Hope has reported that according to crime stats, the average age of a minor forced into prostitution in Phoenix for the first time is 14.83 years, and from 2006 to 2010, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office prosecuted 87 cases involving buyers or sellers of sex with child prostitutes.


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MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

Absolutely sickening.

What the hell am I paying Farnsworth to do? It's bad enough his nephew is a convicted pedophile but to ignore crime victims is atrocious.

When can we start the recall of Farnsworth?

azlefty
azlefty

Well if the  law passes then peole will complain about Arpiao ignoring it!


ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

You know, I'm just now realizing that similar laws have been blocked in other legislatures because the blockee is involved in "child sex junkets"

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

BECAUSE he is sympathetic to the FLDS child molesters in the Mormon religion - lots of "family ties"  that go way back.  Admittedly, he is a "Jack Mormon" (supporting child molesters is a BIG sin in the Mormon Church) but still, blood is thicker than water.

danglines
danglines

What an uncaring small minded greedy ass.

Avery Marx
Avery Marx

I thought this is what pro illegal immigrationists wanted.

Dennis Russell
Dennis Russell

As if the voters in this state will pay attention!

Nicole Goard
Nicole Goard

Because someone gave him $ to. Always follow the Money Trail.

John Juan Adams
John Juan Adams

Ah now I see WHY. From the Article: "Albert Farnsworth, Eddie's nephew, currently doing 30 years in stir for kidnapping and raping a 12 year-old girl." All in the FAMILY huh? Just like pasty faced, beady eyed, inbred hicks and fools everywhere.

toersbijnsc
toersbijnsc

disgusting.. what more is there to say?

jezebel
jezebel

I've never heard of this farnsworth guy. does he work for backpage?

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

Nice piece MR. LEMONS.This   Farnsworth is the kind of  " VARMIN "this state must rid it self from to be balanced and whole....If only the AZ. REPUBLIC would do a follow up on  this  guy.

LizardHead
LizardHead

Not sure who this guy is...don't really care.

I have a gaggle of Central American people that just moved in next door to me...they have 3 Tahoe's, but never leave the house. I don't get it. Does the foodstamp program pay dividends? Can I get on that...?

cassityg32
cassityg32

This is Arizona. Almost every individual who was ellected by the brilliant people of this state has worked hard to stay firm, protect & serve, &'make a huge financial difference in this state...FIRM on cracking down on small crimes as well as those who can make them look good in order to further THEIR political success.PROTECT themselves, sex offenders, various tainted documents & the increasing racist, hateful & ignorant image of the state.SERVE their best interests & the interests of anyone in their families regardless of how criminalistics they may be as well as any other criminal that can (again) distract the morons of this state from their bigger illegal dealings

& making a HUGE FINANCIAL DIFFERENCE costing the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars no law suits & other bs putting az deeper in the toilet financially & resulting in the state being a complete laughing stock & embarrassment. Yes, thanks to this one more black hearted idiot you all elected!

azlefty
azlefty

@Avery Marx No remember it was Joe who ignored  crimes like this so he could arrest corn vendors!

MotherJones
MotherJones

@Avery Marx Another idiot with illegal immigration on the brain. Did you read the piece, dumbass? IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IMMIGRATION! 

MotherJones
MotherJones

@jezebel FYI: Backpage is a separate company under separate ownership. The Village Voice chain, including PNT was sold off last year. Deal became effective Jan 1 this year.

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@LizardHead  Nice fake story.  I guess when you can't blame real people for your racism you make up things only an idiot would believe. 

Now here are the facts: 1) Undocumented immigrants are inelligable for foodstamps. 

2) More whites are on foodstamps then any minority you wish to demonize to feel superior.  Without it, they would starve and not be able to support the tea party.   

IdontRecall
IdontRecall

LizardHead, How do You know that they never leave the house? Are You spying on them whole day and night? if that's the case, then You are the one probably living off NUTRITIONAL ASISTANCE,-used to be called Food Stamps, do some research before opening You pie hole-and probaly, also getting Unemployment Insurance checks, that's why U R able to watch what is going on whole day and night,  stop playing the part that You don't know how to do it. BTW, why don't You go and ask Them, or can I say U R too CHICKEN to do that......... either do that or MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.

gpscentral
gpscentral

@LizardHead    You must be obsessed with immigrants. This article isn't about immigrants it's about trafficking children for sex.

You're not sure who Farnsworth is? Perhaps you should do some homework and find out who your Arizona legislators are and what they are up to.

MotherJones
MotherJones

@cassityg32 This is SOOOOO disgusting. Little Lord Farnsworth needs to be recalled like his daddy Russ P. What about it, Randy? After Joe?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@dennis20  I know, make up your mind. first they say they are stealing all the jobs then they say they are all on food stamps. what that probably means is that he lost his job to a hispanic guy and when he applied for food stamps instead of getting a job....he got turned down. good observation Dennis

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