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Decriminalizing Prostitution | Criminal Law

Decriminalizing Prostitution | Criminal Law | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Prostitution is illegal in 49 of the 50 states, Nevada being the sole exception. But, some people believe that paid sex is so entrenched in our society that the focus should not be prosecuting it, but rather keeping it clean and safe. Others argue that it’s impossible to strip prostitution of exploitation, harassment, and violence, and that outright prohibition is the only tenable approach.

Is Prostitution Any of the Government’s Business?

In 2003, the Supreme Court acknowledged an adult's right to engage in private, consensual sex, by ruling that adults have a constitutional right to engage in private, homosexual conduct if they so choose. (Lawrence v. Texas, 539 U.S. 558 (2003).)  Although the Supreme Court was careful to state that its ruling didn’t apply to prostitution, some argue that this ruling should be extended—that private, consensual sexual conduct should be allowed even where money changes hands.

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Peter MacKay's proposed new law could drive sex workers back underground

Peter MacKay's proposed new law could drive sex workers back underground | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Justice Minister Peter MacKay thinks that sex work is inherently dehumanizing.


Those who do such work, the Minister says, are victims to be helped, not criminals.


Nonetheless, in the new, proposed sex work legislation the Minister tabled in the House on Wednesday he would render illegal at least some of what those "victims" do.


For instance, the proposed legislation makes it against the law to advertize sexual services.


Such a prohibition, sex workers and their advocates say, would make it much more difficult for prostitutes to ply their trade in safe, indoors places.

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Vancouver group ready to challenge new prostitution law in court

Vancouver group ready to challenge new prostitution law in court | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Pivot Legal Society says it will seek to constitutionally challenge the federal government’s new legislation on Canada’s sex trade. Justice Minister Peter MacKay tabled the “Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act” in the House of Commons on Wednesday afternoon.…
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Budget Crisis County Prosecutes Million Dollar Male Escort Case

Budget Crisis County Prosecutes Million Dollar Male Escort Case | Sex Work | Scoop.it
This story describes the factors surrounding the trial of Starchild, charged with prostitution as a result of entrapment in the course of a sting operation conducted by the Fremont Police Department on December 5th, 2005. Focusing on the trial expenses in the midst of the country budget crunch which reduces the court operating times to 3 hours in the afternoon, plus an historic challenge on the basis of Lawrence v. Texas, this article explores the follies of this prosecution.
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Sweeping new law to make buying, selling sex in public illegal

Sweeping new law to make buying, selling sex in public illegal | Sex Work | Scoop.it

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The new legislation – what Justice Minister Peter MacKay calls a ‘Canadian model’ – is the Conservative government’s answer to a Supreme Court decision that last year struck down some of the country’s major prostitution laws
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Will the Entire Porn Industry Be Forced to Move to Nevada?

Will the Entire Porn Industry Be Forced to Move to Nevada? | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Another wave of porn regulation is here: On May 27, Assembly Bill 1576, a statewide expansion of Measure B, passed the California Assembly.


...AB1576 takes Measure B a step further and imposes an additional mandate on STI testing than the ones currently used by porn performers, and requires that all producers disclose those records with the Department of Industrial Relations, a clear violation of privacy.


Assemblyman Isadore Hall (D-Los Angeles) introduced the bill, and Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, sponsored it. The bill is scheduled to move to the California State Senate sometime after June 15.


We should be cheering, right? HIV = bad. Condoms = good. Condoms + people who fuck for a living = less HIV for all!


Except that many people in the sex industry feel that this issue is more about body autonomy than about public health.

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How Sex Work Became Invisible in America

How Sex Work Became Invisible in America | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Law enforcement plays the determining role in where and when sex workers make a living in the United States.
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Nevada’s Brothels: Legalization Serves The Man

Nevada’s Brothels: Legalization Serves The Man | Sex Work | Scoop.it
One of the many questions OkCupid users can answer to determine compatibility with potential mates is “Should prostitution be legal?” The answer options are: Yes, absolutely Yes, only if it were regulated I don’t think so ABSOLUTELY NOT (emphasis theirs) In my four years of using the site, I’ve noticed that those who choose answer…
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Escort license ordinances moving quickly in south metro

Escort license ordinances moving quickly in south metro | Sex Work | Scoop.it

WESTON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Proposals to license escort services in the Wausau area are making rapid progress. 


On Friday, we reported that Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel would like to see an escort license ordinance as an additional tool to stop prostitution, and that work is underway on the draft language. Hardel’s wish to have such an ordinance throughout the metro area may happen quickly.

Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks says such an ordinance could be enacted in their jurisdiction as early as next Monday.  “We’ve already got it passed for the City of Schofield. It has passed the Public Safety Committee at the Village of Weston, and for the April 7th meeting, it should be on the agenda. Hopefully, they will take it up and it will be passed at that point.”


If Weston and Schofield’s ordinance passes, and Wausau passes a similar ordinance later, Sparks believes they won’t need identically-worded ordinances.  “The intent is to have a similar ordinance, but either way, the purpose of the ordinance is the same for all of the communities, and that’s to give us another tool for enforcement and hopefully, a tool that serves as a deterrent and keeps people from setting up shop for prostitution services in the Wausau metro area.”


Sparks says having the tools to stop more prostitution will also help stop some of the other dangerous and criminal activity often tied to prostitution.  “It’s a growing problem, and it’s not just the sex-related crimes of prostitution, but a lot of these cases involve drugs, drug trafficking. A lot of times, drugs are exchanged for sex acts and so it affects more than just prostitution.”


So far, there have been two recent undercover sting operations to catch prostitutes and their clients, with ten arrests in the Wausau area since January.


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So many thoughts here...


Fundamentally, can you license something that is currently illegal? Isn't that entrapment or something?


Are we blaming "the drug problem" on sex work / sex workers now? Specifically what drugs?


And a whopping 10 arrests; sounds like there is a HUGE problem. Not.


Since this is abut drugs, how many drug arrests? What drugs?


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Nordic sex-trade strategy gaining steam

Nordic sex-trade strategy gaining steam | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Momentum is building for a new prostitution law modelled on Sweden's rules, heralded by Conservative... - Local - Winnipeg Free Press.
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"It contributes to the stigma and it pushes sex work underground and fuels exactly the kind of things the Conservative government wants to stop," said Ferris.

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Exotic Dancers Sue Strip Club for Labor Law Violation

Exotic Dancers Sue Strip Club for Labor Law Violation | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Exotic dancers at PT's Showclub in St. Louis are suing the strip club for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by misclassifying them as independent contractors, rather than employees. To date, only one strip club in the U.S. has successfully unionized—the Lusty Lady, pictured here.

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Traffic Jam: Sex Workers Take Sides in the Sex Trafficking Debate

Traffic Jam: Sex Workers Take Sides in the Sex Trafficking Debate | Sex Work | Scoop.it

"Teens sold for sex aren't prostitutes, they're rape victims." That's what the billboard just a few blocks from my house reads. I live in West Oakland near San Pablo Avenue, where the reality of minors in the sex industry is on my doorstep. The Bay Area, especially Alameda County, was recently named one of the nation's top sites for child sex trafficking.

I'm an independent sex worker. I love my job, partially because no one forces me to do it. I make my own hours and I choose my own clients. I didn't enter the business because someone coerced me, or because I was desperate for money. I'm also not a child.


I'm lucky. But many in the Bay Area are not.


Sex trafficking is an atrocity that violates fundamental human rights. Sex work, however, is just my job. The two are as different as night and day. But whether a person is forced into the sex industry or they enter it by choice, I believe that they deserve the same right to justice when they experience violence. However, sex workers are often left out of the anti-trafficking conversation.

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ICASO | Sign on to condemn the treatment of Alejandra Gil and her son Omar Sayun Gil under Mexico’s new anti-trafficking law

ICASO | Sign on to condemn the treatment of Alejandra Gil and her son Omar Sayun Gil under Mexico’s new anti-trafficking law | Sex Work | Scoop.it

We condemn the treatment of Alejandra Gil and her son Omar Sayun Gil under Mexico’s new anti-trafficking law, which conflates sex work and trafficking, and their treatment since their arrest.


We understand that Alejandra Gil and her son Omar Sayun Gil have been charged with the serious offence of human trafficking, and that they remain in custody. Alejandra Gil is the founder of APROASE, an organization that offers sliding scale health services to street-based sex workers in Mexico City. Her son, Omar, supports her in some these efforts. Alejandra Gil was working to develop a rights-based anti-trafficking tool for use with sex workers, which is important in Mexico, where a new anti-trafficking law has been passed. In other countries where anti-trafficking laws have been passed, we have seen the adverse effects of overly broad focus on sex work lead to arrests and detentions of sex workers and people who work with them.


We the undersigned are concerned at the conflation of sex work with human trafficking, and with the lack of due process afforded the Gils.

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Project ROSE Is Arresting Sex Workers in Arizona to Save Their Souls

Project ROSE Is Arresting Sex Workers in Arizona to Save Their Souls | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A moralistic program in Phoenix arrests sex workers in massive raids and brings them to a church, where they are held extrajudicially and offered alternative sentences without lawyers, judges, or due
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Sex worker wins harassment case

Sex worker wins harassment case | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A prostitute has won a landmark sexual harassment case against a Wellington brothel owner.
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"Sex workers are as much entitled to protection from sexual harassment as those working in other occupations. The fact that a person is a sex worker is not a licence for sexual harassment - especially by the manager or employer at the brothel."

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Sex Work and the Swedish Model: Modern Prudery or Enlightened Ambition?

Sex Work and the Swedish Model: Modern Prudery or Enlightened Ambition? | Sex Work | Scoop.it
A carefully orchestrated campaign to criminalise the buyer of sexual services is set to be centre staged this year. Emotions, prejudice, feminism, ideology and religion are creating a vortex, and revolving at its centre is the question as to whether selling and purchasing sexual services is right or wrong. Where are the rights of sex workers in this debate, have they been consulted and has their voice been heard?
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If Europe votes for the 'Swedish model' on prostitution, women will be at risk

If Europe votes for the 'Swedish model' on prostitution, women will be at risk | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Diane Taylor: Whether you criminalise buyers or criminalise sellers, the impact on sex workers is the same. It's time for a truce in this debate
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You can be a prostitute... just don’t work as one

You can be a prostitute... just don’t work as one | Sex Work | Scoop.it
If recent police raids are a clue, sex workers should be leery of the Nordic model wrapped in feminist rhetoric that the feds are eying to replace past sex laws
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Twitter's Not Unique As A Marketplace For Prostitution

Twitter's Not Unique As A Marketplace For Prostitution | Sex Work | Scoop.it
"Twitter, the favorite social media powerhouse, has become a tool of escorts and prostitutes, a months-long investigation by The Street reveals."

That's certainly a catchy lede. But does it mean anything?
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Oh no, sex workers on the tweety machine? On the internet? What a shocker. Not. But this article points our sound, and rather obvious things; rather unusual for a mainstream biz publication, no?

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Emerging from the shadows

Emerging from the shadows | Sex Work | Scoop.it

“We are women first, and sex workers only after that. We want you to recognise sex work as work. Instead of viewing us through the lens of social morality, we wish you would see us for what we are. Many of us are single women, supporting our children and old parents. We are informal, unprotected workers. Why should you and the police treat us as criminals?”

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Dongguan sex worker reports stoke debate about legalising prostitution

Dongguan sex worker reports stoke debate about legalising prostitution | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Two days after Chinese national television brought the sex industry in Dongguan into the national spotlight, public opinion has been divided in a debate about the legalisation of the industry.


Wu Jiaxiang, a former official who was jailed for three years for his role in supporting Tiananmen Square students, was one of several prominent intellectuals expressing concerns over the crackdown against prostitution in Guangdong province. “I have long advocated the legalisation of the sex trade, now is the time,” he wrote in a microblog post.

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Sex Law Expert Belinda Brooks-Gordon: Why the Nordic Model of Prostitution Does Not Work

Sex Law Expert Belinda Brooks-Gordon: Why the Nordic Model of Prostitution Does Not Work | Sex Work | Scoop.it

Speaking to IBTimes UK, Brooks-Gordon said: "Any law has to be based on some philosophy or evidence, for example, harm is one – the reason murder or theft is a crime is because they cause demonstrable harm. There is no reason to criminalise prostitution clients when you cannot show demonstrable harm. In fact all the evidence is in the other direction, that it is harmful to criminalise."

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Sex Work and the City: Police Confiscate and Destroy Condoms in an Attempt to Rid Prostitution in NYC

Sex Work and the City: Police Confiscate and Destroy Condoms in an Attempt to Rid Prostitution in NYC | Sex Work | Scoop.it

The New York City sex industry isn't glamorous. It's dark, seedy, lurid, and the sex work that the women and, to a lesser degree, men engage in carries the risk of danger, disease, sexual violence, and abduction. There aren't many tools that the sexually exploited demographic can use, but one tool that is at their disposal is condoms. With 50 percent of streetwalkers being African American and 25 percent being Latino, and the average age of a prostitute in the United States being between the ages of 12-14 years old, it's ethnic teenagers who continue to suffer HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases at a high rate -- particularly when police confiscate their condoms, a form harassment that's orchestrated in order to prevent sex workers from turning tricks.

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While data on sex work is difficult to come by, this is an interesting look at health, race & discrimination in erms of the laws.

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We need smarter prostitution laws | Al Jazeera America

We need smarter prostitution laws | Al Jazeera America | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Making sex work legal and safe requires better enforcement and a deeper understanding of the industry's inequity
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Sex work laws unconstitutional: Supreme Court

Sex work laws unconstitutional: Supreme Court | Sex Work | Scoop.it
Government officials and sex workers are formulating responses to a landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision that found three legal provisions surrounding sex work to be unconstitutional.
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