New York introduces bill to decriminalize sex work.

By |2019-06-11T05:49:29-08:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |8 Comments

If you want to protect women in the sex trade this is the first step. 

Courtesy of The Hill:

New York lawmakers introduced a state-wide bill to decriminalize sex work on Monday — the first proposed legislation of its kind in the country.

The Stop Violence in the Sex Trade Acts is a package of bills that seeks to amend state statues in order to decriminalize sex work between consenting adults while upholding existing anti-trafficking laws.

“Sex work is work and should not be criminalized by the state,” said state Sen. Julia Salazar (D), a lead sponsor of the bill, in a Decrim NY press release.

The bill is backed by Decrim NY, a coalition of more than 30 organizations across LGBTQ, racial justice and immigrant rights. Decrim NY launched in February and lobbied in Albany in May for the decriminalization of sex work.

Salazar added that the state’s current policies empower traffickers, “keeping sex work in the shadows.”

This is another of those subjects on which I have conflicting points of view. 

On the one hand, women selling access to their bodies in order to put food on the table seems incredibly degrading. 

Yet on the other hand, if we want women to have total autonomy and we trust them to make decisions about controlling their own bodies, then who are we to tell them what they can and cannot do with them. 

And this new law would likely help protect them from sex traffickers, pimps, and assholes who think that just because they paid a woman they can then hurt them without facing consequences for their actions. 

And no I have not forgotten that not all sex workers are women, and they would also benefit from a law that allowed them to report a crime to the police without fear of arrest and possibly unionize in order to gain access to higher wages, health care, and a safer environment in which to work. 

Ultimately I take the same position on this topic as I do abortion. 

It is simply not my place to tell anybody what they can and cannot do with their own bodies. 

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8 Comments

  1. Anonymous June 11, 2019 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Make it legal and tax the “customers”, then the “workers” would also be able to get health care because it is a legitimate business

    • Anonymous June 11, 2019 at 11:22 am - Reply

      It works quite well in the legal brothels in Nevada!

  2. anonymous June 11, 2019 at 8:51 am - Reply

    https://www.npr.org/2019/06/11/731380634/former-teen-vogue-editor-shares-her-memoir-and-her-manifesto

    @ElaineWelteroth
    FAM! MY BOOK #MORETHANENOUGH DROPS TODAY so you know I had to drop it down low to celebrate!
    Here is a little #blackgirlmagic to captures the spirit of this book. May it inspire all of you to dance your way to…
    @age9’…
    ‘baby steps’…

    • anonymous June 11, 2019 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      https://www.pbs.org/wnet/amanpour-and-company/video/elaine-welteroth-discusses-her-memoir-more-enough-f9n3fi/

      “THERE WAS ONE INSTANCE THAT I EXPERIENCED YOU KNOW AT A SLUMBER PARTY AROUND 8th GRADE WHERE THE N-WORD WAS USED AND THEIR NOTHING LIKE THAT MOMENT WHERE THE TRUST IS BROKEN BETWEEN AND WHERE YOU RECOGNIZE YOUR BLACKNESS AND HOW IT SEPARATES YOU FROM THESE PEOPLE THAT YOU FELT SO INTIMATELY CONNECTED TO AND STILL DO, TO BE CLEAR.

      WE WORKED THROUGH IT AND THE SYSTEM TO THIS DAY IS ONE OF MY BEST FRIEND.

      BUT THESE ARE THE MOMENTS THAT HELPED ME RECOGNIZE THAT BLACKNESS IS NOT ABOUT THE WAY YOU TALK OR THE WAY YOU WALK OR WHO YOU DATE.

      THIS IS A COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE OF EXCLUSION THAT CANNOT BE UNDERSTOOD BY SOME DEEPLY IN THE SAME WAY BY SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER HAD TO FACE THAT SAME TYPE OF DISCRIMINATION.” “SHE LOVES IT.

      SHE GOES GREAT.

      LET’S SET UP THE OTHER MEETING.

      WE WILL ACT LIKE THIS MEETING NEVER HAPPENED.

      THIS IS A PRE MEETING.

      WHAT’S A PRE MEETING?

      I HAVE NEVER BEEN IN A PRE MEETING?

      GIRL, THIS IS WHAT WHITE MEN HAVE BEEN DOING ON GOLF COURSES FOR GENERATIONS.

      THIS IS HOW WE GOT IT.

      I GOT YOUR BACK.

      I WILL SUPPORT YOU IN THE MEETING.

      WE WILL DO THIS.

      THEN WE HAVE THE MEETING WHERE THE TWO TEAMS ARE COMING TOGETHER.

      IT WAS A SMALL MEETING.

      THE MAJORITY ARE BLACK WOMEN LEADERS.

      IT WAS THE FIRST TIME IN MY CAREER.

      I HAD SEEN THEALCHEY SWITCH.

      I SAW THE WHITE WOMEN IN THE ROOM SORT OF GRAPPLING WITH BEING THE ONLY ONES IN THE ROOM AND SORT OF CO-SWITCHING OR REVERSE CO-SWITCHING.

      IT WAS FASCINATING TO ME.

      IT WAS ILLUMINATING TO ME.

      Elaine Welteroth her ‘VIEW’

  3. Anonymous June 11, 2019 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Then every evangelical will freak out and ramp up their war against women.

    • Anon June 11, 2019 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      I can hear it now.

      PROOF that women are whores!

      I TOLD you they all want it!

      NO! NO doesn’t mean no!

      … and on and on.

      Why the hell do people constantly gift ass holes with ammo?

  4. dvlaries June 11, 2019 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Excellent idea! 🙂

    Okay, I wanna top a male hustler who looks like Bradley Cooper or Ryan Gosling.

    How much…?

  5. Anon June 11, 2019 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Or, I don’t know, maybe we could just make education more accessible and affordable so people don’t have to resort to selling themselves in order to eat.

    Isn’t it bad enough what our “new normal” has become these last several years? Can people not just fucking reason anymore?

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