Do the laws we pass against prostitution really help vulnerable populations
engaged in sex work? Our guest says these laws do not, and they
particularly don’t protect the most vulnerable in society.
The narrative we have all been taught to believe is that prostitution is
wrong and people shouldn’t willingly engage in it. But this moral stance
isn’t based in the reality of our times. Today, women (and men) sell sex
because they are trafficked, or because they need to survive, or because
they consent to be sex workers. We would agree that at least two of the
three reasons someone is involved in prostitution makes them vulnerable.
Put yourself in their shoes. If the last 25 encounters you had with police
resulted in your arrest, at the 26th encounter, how wiling are you to share
that you had been raped, robbed, or trafficked by someone? Would you still
believe police are there to protect you? What happens when you experience a
violent crime, but fear the police? What are the psychological effects and
the real life consequences? What happens when the rapists, felony abusers,
and traffickers aren’t taken off the streets because victims are too afraid
to make a report? Expert Kristen Diangelo provides listeners with the
eye-opening realties of sex workers and the law that will take effect in
California ito protect them in January 2020.
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