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Thu Apr 22, 2021, 10:34 AM

Manhattan to Stop Prosecuting Prostitution, Part of Nationwide Shift

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Source: New York Times

The Manhattan district attorney’s office announced Wednesday that it would no longer prosecute prostitution and unlicensed massage, putting the weight of one of the most high-profile law enforcement offices in the United States behind the growing movement to change the criminal justice system’s approach to sex work.

The district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., asked a judge on Wednesday morning to dismiss 914 open cases involving prostitution and unlicensed massage, along with 5,080 cases in which the charge was loitering for the purposes of prostitution.

The law that made the latter charge a crime, which had become known as the “walking while trans” law, was repealed by New York State in February.

The announcement represents a substantive shift in the Manhattan district attorney’s approach to prostitution. Many of the cases Mr. Vance moved to dismiss dated to the 1970s and 1980s, when New York waged a war against prostitution in an effort to clean up its image as a center of iniquity and vice.


Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/21/nyregion/manhattan-to-stop-prosecuting-prostitution.html



I suppose legalizing it with safety regulations and taxation is out of the question?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 10:39 AM

1. How does that impact their efforts to go after sex traffickers?

This is not an uncomplicated issue even while intentions may be "good"...

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 10:50 AM

4. Well almost all the people arrested for prostitution are sex workers

And mostly they are not underage. Certainly freeing up law enforcement to focus on people abusing underage sex workers or coercing adults into sex work would be a benefit, right?

So what exactly are your concerns about allowing adult sex workers to not be under constant police harassment?

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 10:54 AM

5. Sex trafficking is not the same as sex work nor prostitution. Do you really not know the difference?

Really?

Think underage or forced exploitation of (often immigrants) across state or international lines and often incorporating enforced sexual slavery. Does this sound the same to you? Not to mention there are Federal laws involved.

Really? Do you equate sex trafficking as no different from all forms of prostitution? Do you really believe all sex work is both consensual and a conscious, willing CHOICE? Vance is going after the latter in terms of reform. The question is, how does he continue to address that which is not?

Yeah, I'm a bit shocked at your response.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 11:01 AM

6. I explicitly noted the difference.

So again, almost all the sex workers arrested are adults, they are not the people coercing adults or the people abusing underage sex workers.

So what is the problem with not arresting adult sex workers?

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 11:03 AM

7. You absolutely conflated the issues. You are BADLY uninformed--especially for a DUer.

Good gawd.

Decriminalizing uncoerced sex work is VERY MUCH a different issue that is very much needed. The problem is how to do so while remaining vigilant against sexual exploitation, especially of minors and immigrants, and sexual trafficking. BOTH are major issues for NYC as well as other major US cities.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 11:07 AM

8. ok fine have it your way

keep the police corruption in place, keep adult sex workers ensnared in the prison industrial system, keep them dependent on pimps for their safety, and justify that horseshit 'because trafficking'.

Have a nice day.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 10:40 AM

2. It makes no sense

to arrest someone who is in the sex industry by choice or someone who is doing it because they are a victim of trafficing/physical abuse/substance abuse, etc.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Apr 22, 2021, 10:47 AM

3. In fact nationally the effort has been to re-criminalize sex work

that had shifted to the relative safety and security of internet based transactions.

Cloaked in 'save the children' rhetoric, sex workers were pushed offline and back onto the streets.

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Thu Apr 22, 2021, 11:10 AM

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