PA Political Spotlight: Pearl King

Former Senior Deputy Attorney General Pearl Kim is considering a run to replace retiring Congressman Pat Meehan in the 7th Congressional district on the Republican ticket. “I am interested in effectuating change in Washington, and I was able to that on the Pennsylvania level and hope to do the same thing on the federal level,” Kim said. As a prosecutor, Kim sees an important role in the #MeToo movement in society. Written by Paul Engelkemier, Managing Editor Politics PA

Sexual Health Care for Youth in State Custody

The Center for HIV Law and Policy,  Equality Federation, and Heat: Health Education Alternatives for Teens, invite you to join us for a day organizing to develop an advocacy strategy for policy change on comprehensive sexual health care for LGBTQ youth in state custody.

ESPU-PHILLY Endorses the Consensus Statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in Criminal Law Reform

ESPU-PHILLY Endorses the Consensus Statement on HIV "Treatment as Prevention" in Criminal Law Reform. This is because the two biggest problems with almost all HIV criminal laws and prosecutions are that 1) they focus on HIV disclosure rather than on whether the PLHIV had an intent to do harm; and 2) HIV laws’ felony punishment and severe sentences treat any risk of HIV infection as the equivalent of murder or manslaughter. An April 2017 Pub Med article confirms: - diagnosis rates and laws criminalizing HIV exposure in the United States found no association between HIV or AIDS diagnosis rates and criminal exposure laws across states over time, suggesting that these laws have had no detectable HIV prevention effect.

SWOP Behind Bars Talks To PHILLY CAM About Prostitution, Re/Entry & Lack Of  Expungement 

Did you know prostitution convictions cannot be expunged in Pennsylvania? At a time when most all other non-violent crimes are being erased from public record, prostitutes are forced into LEAD, Rescue Diversion, must accept a permanent sex crime conviction on their record. SBB connects with PHILLY CAM!

Democracy for America Endorses Krasner 

Democracy for America chair Jim Dean told PW that the organization’s local affiliated group Philly for Change has “a strong track record of electing progressive candidates who are committed to battling income inequality and structural racism.” We’ll be mobilizing that grassroots support to elect Larry Krasner as Philadelphia’s next District Attorney.” Mums still the word on rumors that billionaire George Soros and his political war chest will come to Krasner’s aid in time for the May 16 primary.

Do Some Women Prostitute Because of Weak Wage? YES! OH YES!

Today is Equal Pay Day, the day that marks how far into this year full-time working women must head into work – in addition to last year – in order to earn what their male counterparts earned last year. Here are the real and sad statistics surrounding the persistent wage gap that plagues working women across the nation. Pa Representative Mike O'Brian writing on U.S. gender based wage discrepancies.

OOR RTK Sunshine On An $8.00 Criminal Sex Act Involving On-Duty Pa Police Chief

Pa police chief faces misdemeanor charges for patronizing prostitutes, tampering with and fabricating evidence, obstruction of administration of the law or other governmental functions and official oppression. The prostitution count for the female sex worker is punishable by up to a year in prison; the other charges each carry up to two years in prison. WTF?! Seriously?

Pennsylvania Defined As  Draconian On Prostitution 

According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), at least 914 individuals, mainly women, were imprisoned state-wide for repeat prostitution charges from 2010 through 2015. The astronomical financial cost to imprison women with prostitution convictions presents a compelling reason to abolish recidivist provisions for prostitution.

Philly Combats Sexual Slavery in City

Philly Combats Sexual Slavery in City with 1.3 million dollar task force grant. Intensifying efforts to combat human trafficking, authorities Wednesday announced a new task force - funded by a $1.3 million federal grant - to sharpen the focus on "a wretched crime" that makes sex slaves of vulnerable adults and children. "It's a global … Continue reading Philly Combats Sexual Slavery in City

SKIN TAX: Pa Dancer Door Fee To Pay For Domestic Violence & Rape Shelters?

Harrisburg to consider a ‘user fee’ for strip clubs and adult entertainment in PA The bill, from a suburban Philly Republican and a Berks County Democrat, is modeled on Texas law. Cassie Owens, Reporter/Curator BILLY PENN  January 17, 2017 at 9:00 am A pair of Harrisburg lawmakers have a plan to levy a $5 entrance … Continue reading SKIN TAX: Pa Dancer Door Fee To Pay For Domestic Violence & Rape Shelters?

18/2257: Exposed As Unconstitutional In Philadelphia Court

U.S. Judge: Key Portions of 2257 Are Unconstitutional     A federal judge today, siding with the Free Speech Coalition and other plaintiffs, declared unconstitutional key portions of 18 U.S.C. §§2257 and 2257A, the federal performer record-keeping statutes for adult entertainment producers. U.S. Judge: Key Portions of 2257 Are Unconstitutional By Rhett Pardon Jan 6, … Continue reading 18/2257: Exposed As Unconstitutional In Philadelphia Court

2016 Sex Work Year in Review 2016

A Pa prostitute details stepping back into the industry amidst unexpectedly intense and changing legal and legislative crossfire. Her Year in Review explores the issues of being a victim/Survivor/WORKER.