Sex workers are the only population besides undocumented people that are criminalized for their status as a person. In fact many of the institutions that are supposed to protect us, are sent to erase our existence. Sex workers face many barriers in organizing, fighting for their labor rights and are often faced with hostility from members of their own communities.
Some lawmakers who voted in opposition to the resolution said they were opposed to the concepts covered by it since there are more pressing matters relating every day to sexual mores, the effects of which should be the first objective of a similarly declarative action by the committee. "For the last month, the biggest cultural issue that has not been talked about in this committee or the Pennsylvania House is sexual harassment,” said Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Philadelphia). “The focus should really be on something that women feel every day, not just in this country, but in the western world.” Others, noting the language of the resolution, felt that despite its aims in trying to bring awareness to the damaging effects of early-life exposure to pornography, the resolution was so broadly drafted that it might infringe on First Amendment free speech rights.
In 2014, Batts was arrested on several felony counts of sex trafficking, accused of running one of Alaska’s largest known prostitution businesses. She pleaded guilty to one class B felony charge of sex trafficking, in 2015, and was sentenced to serve five and a half years. Batts has been serving her sentence on electronic monitoring since March -- after spending time incarcerated and in a halfway house. Her days start early and revolve around the clock. The morning of her release onto parole, she made her coffee as usual, and a cup of hot cocoa for her teenage daughter.
Amendment to HB 287. Amend the title of the bill by replacing it with the following: AN ACT establishing a committee to study issues related to changing prostitution laws in New Hampshire. Amend the bill by replacing all after the enacting clause with the following: 1 Committee Established. There is established a committee to study … Continue reading NH HB 287 Update
Adult survivors are part of the narrative. Some of us have been having this community conversation for a long time before this article. It’s sad to me that it’s only audible under the media spotlight. - Melanie Dante
WITF Reports: While most people might think of human trafficking as something that happens overseas, a recent decision to try two people on human trafficking charges in Norristown, Montgomery County shows the crime is occurring here in Pennsylvania
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