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

Today we trade fear for sanctuary

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner Inauguration: Today we start the long road towards empowering and protecting some of our most vulnerable witnesses and survivors: immigrants that lack legal status so that they like other vulnerable groups - young people, elderly people, sex workers - can participate in the criminal justice system that is there to protect them. Today we trade fear for sanctuary. 

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?

Revealing Texas Trafficking Rhetoric 

How Texas’ crusade against sex trafficking has left victims behind: Re/Post of Article by: Morgan Smith Neena Satija Edgar Walters Texas Tribune: When Mia was 16, she walked out of a Houston children’s emergency shelter. She had to go, she told the staff. Her pimp was waiting. It was 2013, the day before Thanksgiving. She … Continue reading Revealing Texas Trafficking Rhetoric 

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.

NH Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Are sex workers actively participating in decisions affecting our lives?  Not in Pennsylvania. Thank you, New Hampshire: HB287! HOUSE BILL 287 AN ACT establishing a committee to study decriminalizing sex work. SPONSORS: Rep. E. Edwards, Hills. 11; Rep. Bouldin, Hills. 12; Rep. McGuire,Merr. 29; Rep. Murray, Rock. 24 COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety Thank you, … Continue reading NH Criminal Justice and Public Safety

AK SB 21: Pa Contributes Support

Senator McGuire - As a former victim of U.S. domestic minor sex  trafficking, I appeal to your  compassion. Sex trafficking victims and sex workers need equal access to the law without discrimination, and without fear of harassment or arrest. SB 21 would allow anyone in Alaska’s sex trade, whether by choice, circumstance, or coercion, to … Continue reading AK SB 21: Pa Contributes Support

Hawaii Five Oh HB 1902

Police can touch my what? Sexual interaction with women under investigation for sex trafficking and prostitution? HAWAII: You shouldn’t write any legislation that would allow law enforcement to sexually assault or abuse vulnerable populations in any way and that’s what HB 1902 proposes to do in section 12(5). Legislation like this prevents sex trafficking victims and prostitutes from access to equal protection under the law and the due process protections of the justice system.

Tabled, tho Telling: NH HB 1614

Originally posted on Union Lip Service  Update on: NH HB 1614 TABLED tho TELLING: Vote shy by just seven (7) votes! Industry advocates from left to right, Bella, Elizabeth Edwards, Rachel West + Caitlin Edwards: Good work, ladies. We salute your efforts on behalf of safer work conditions, and human rights for sex workers!Watch Rep … Continue reading Tabled, tho Telling: NH HB 1614

N.H. HB 287 Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee

HB 287 - AS INTRODUCED 2017 SESSION 17-0736 04/01 HOUSE  BILL 287 AN ACT establishing a committee to study decriminalizing sex work. SPONSORS: Rep. E. Edwards, Hills. 11; Rep. Bouldin, Hills. 12; Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29; Rep. Murray, Rock. 24 COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety ---------------------------------------------------------------- ANALYSIS This bill establishes a committee to study the decriminalization of sex work. … Continue reading N.H. HB 287 Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee

Amnesty International Policy in Brief

Suggested policy sets out states’ obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of sex workers. It also details the actions by states that Amnesty International believes will best address the barriers that sex workers routinely face in realizing their rights. This policy is grounded in the principles of harm reduction, gender equality, recognition of the personal agency of sex workers, and general international human rights principles.

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.