An assemblywoman in Nevada is stirring controversy after she declared her ideas on how to deal with sex-traffickers.
Her solution: castration.
"Come with the castration bill," Nevada Assembly Micele Fiore said to fellow Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson. "Come with a bill that will stop people in their tracks."
Fiore made these remarks at an Assembly Committee meeting in which a bill that would require truck stops and fast food restaurants to include posters with helpline numbers for sex trafficking victims was proposed
"These women are carefully watched," Benitez-Thompson said. "So when they get a moment to themselves, it's sometimes only when they get to go to the restroom. In that moment, they could have a chance to potentially memorize this number and then call when they have the opportunity to call for help."
It was during this meeting that Fiore -- feeling like the issue was not being considered serious enough -- made her statement.
"Instead of warm and fuzzy stickers and extended jail sentences, why aren't you serious about the sex offenders, these pimps?" she said.
She then proposed a bill to castrate the sex offenders.
Fiore later confirmed her stance in an interview with reporters.
“When we have these heinous crimes of rape and murder and sex trafficking children, I have zero tolerance for it,” she said to the interviewer. “I think the solution would be castration."
Her support would include either chemical or surgical means to castrate the offenders.
Though this practice seems unheard of, a castration bill has been proposed before in the U.S.
In 2008, Louisiana passed a bill that forces second time sex offenders to be chemically castrated. States such as California and Florida have also passed bills.
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