New York Lawmakers Introduce First Statewide Bill To Decriminalize Sex Work

Lawmakers in New York introduced a first-of-its-kind bill to decriminalize sex work throughout the state on Monday.

The Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act is a legislative package that “decriminalizes and decarcerates” the sex trade in New York, according to a press release from organizers at the Decrim NY coalition. If passed, it would be the first measure in the country to legalize prostitution statewide.

“Sex work is work and should not be criminalized by the state,” state Sen. Julia Salazar (D) said at a Monday press conference.

“Our current policies only empower traffickers and others who benefit from keeping sex work in the shadows,” Salazar added. “New York state needs to listen to sex workers and make these common-sense reforms to keep sex workers safe and empower sex workers in their workplaces.” […]

via New York Lawmakers Introduce First Statewide Bill To Decriminalize Sex Work — Nappy News

3 thoughts on “New York Lawmakers Introduce First Statewide Bill To Decriminalize Sex Work

  1. “Sex work is work and should not be criminalized by the state,”

    Well, it’s not work I’d want to be doing. But anyway, what about Nevada? Aren’t there already areas in Nevada whereas prostitution is legal seeing as how there are whorehouses there? In fact, the guy(Dennis Hof) that owned some of those whorehouses ran for public office but dropped dead before the election and yet still managed to win. I guess he is representing his constituents from the grave? Hey! I’m not knocking it since all politicians may as well ‘govern’ from the grave since they basically act dead by getting not a damn thing done, year after year after year.

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  2. Good point about Nevada, Shelby. It’s also legal in several European countries – and here in New Zealand. We have 2 brothels here in New Plymouth (that’s how they’re listed in the Yellow Pages). Benefits are very low here and with the scarcity of living wage jobs for females, sometimes it’s the only way women can make sure their kids get breakfast and lunch and have shoes to wear to school (there’s still far too many who go shoeless).

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    • Dr. Bramhall, I have had nothing in the fridge and even less in the freezer and still, turning to prostitution never entered my mind. My body is just too precious to me to risk getting multiple STDs by having multiple sex partners when we know that condoms are not absolutely foolproof. Who is going to take care of those children when the prostitute mother is dead from AIDS? There is no excuse for prostituting oneself. That is a cop-out if ever I’ve heard one.

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