Democratic Rep. Krysten Sinema of Arizona—who is locked in a contentious battle for U.S. Senate—fought to protect loopholes for men caught with child prostitutes.
Her reasoning? Some young girls “look older.”
While serving in the Arizona state legislature, Sinema argued against eliminating a legal loophole that allowed men to use the child’s appearance as part of their defense.
“As a former social worker at an elementary school, there were children at my school, 12, 13-year-old, and some of these children look older than me. They were much more, I mean, definitely sophisticated, developed,” Sinema said, back in 2007.
“If I had seen a number of my former students at a place outside a classroom, I would not have known that those children were 12 instead of 19 or 20,” she added.
Sinema claimed it would be “unfair” to, apparently, the pedophiles to not allow them to argue that their pre-teen lover looked much older.
Sinema has a checkered history with sex trafficking. She’s already been forced to give nearly $100,000 worth of campaign donations to charity, after two scandals that implicated her top donors in possible sex crimes.
SInema faces Arizona Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the Senate seat this November, in a neck-and-neck race.