Sex Workers Are Human Resources

JAN 10 • Thank you so much for your fair and balanced coverage of the 15th Annual IDTEVASW. Since 2012 SWOP and SAFE have strived to stand up and speak out in Philly on issues specific to stigma and gratuitous violence against sex workers. Folks are always amazed at how hard and painful this event is to do, yet in the end how truly blessed we are to be able to come together to do it. Many households in most areas of Greater Philadelphia, if not all of PA, are touched somehow by this issue. Talking about sex work and prostitution is hard. Living in shame and silence is harder. D/17 is not fun, though it is full of love. Truly. We are here because we have been there, and we care. Our voice is their voice. Thank you for covering the memorial. Words cannot even express the gratitude I feel right now. Philly is proving we got LOVE!

If Escorting Was Decriminalized This Would Not Be News

If Escorting Was Decriminalized This Would Not Be News: Pennsylvania mayor charged with soliciting prostitute The Associated Press State police have arrested the mayor of Bloomsburg, Columbia County, on charges of soliciting and patronizing a prostitute. Police said 36-year-old Eric Bower paid for sex several times, most recently in early April. They said Bower and a confidential informant agreed to meet at a Hampton Inn, where he showed up Friday with $200 and condoms.

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

UUPLAN: Victims of Human Trafficking are not Criminals

UUPLAN's Anti-Mass Incarceration Team has agreed to support SB 554 - Safe Harbor in Human Trafficking.  This bill would send minors who are victims of sex trafficking to treatment rather than prosecuting them. The bill was introduced by Senator Greenleaf and has passed the Senate (50-0). It has been referred to House Judiciary Committee which has not yet scheduled a hearing.