Stop Prosecuting Prostitutes For Reporting Violent Crimes
Wendelijn Vollbehr is a sociology graduate of the VU University of Amsterdam. For her masterthesis she conducted qualitative research on sex worker-led organizations in collaboration with the Red Umbrella Fund. Her research interests are human rights, especially minority rights, marginalization and empowerment.
The Anchorage Police Department is fighting a pair of state bills that would criminalize cops who have “sexual contact” with people under investigation. The reason for the opposition, according to Deputy Chief Sean Case, is that there are “very, very limited” situations in which cops need to cross that boundary — specifically, when it comes to undercover investigations of sex workers. Article by Tracy Clark Flory for Vocative; supporting statistics from ISWFACE LA.
Action Alert: Currently it is only illegal for police to sexually penetrate those who are in their custody. Sexual interaction during investigations, even with potential victims, is legal. If you think the Alaska legislature should still hear HB 112 email Representative Kreiss-Tompkins.
Police should not be having sexual contact with prostitutes during investigations, nor should they be able to lie about being affiliated with law enforcement.
The Community United for Safety and Protection commends Alaska Representative Matt Claman for sponsoring House Bill 112, expanding Alaska’s current sexual assault statute to prohibit police officers from sexually penetrating or having sexual contact with those they are investigating. Currently, it is only illegal for police to sexually penetrate those who are in their custody.
We strive to share our sex work knowledge and experiences, however we do not need our views omitted or exploited in the mainstream.