(Kate D’Adamo | Slixa.com) – The last week has been a testament to the movement towards global decriminalization of sex work. It may have gone by fast, but it’s been truly incredible few days.
In The United States:
Today, the NYC-based coalition DecrimNY will introduce the most comprehensive decriminalization bill in the country’s history into a state legislature. The bill would strike laws which criminalize selling, buying and promoting, among others, from the New York penal code. While the coalition doesn’t anticipate a vote this session, the introduction alone is a milestone moment.
Last Monday, DecrimNow, a coalition of sex workers, allies and advocates based in DC, re-introduced a bill to repeal a number of statutes which criminalize the sex trade in the district. The bill already has four co-sponsors, and the coalition has a growing list of allies and supporters. One thing that makes this bill unique is that because the District of Columbia is not a state, once the bill passes the city council, it will have to go through Congress – which means this is a fight which will not only take local advocates, but sex workers and co-conspirators from every state to fully realize.
Bill would decriminalize sex work in DC
Should prostitution be decriminalized? DC Councilmember David Grosso thinks so and has introduced a bill that would decriminalize sex work in the District. Grosso says sex workers would be better…
In Nevada, a bill which would have banned brothels in the state officially failed.
This Tuesday, California is holding a hearing on a bill which would offer immunity from prostitution charges for those who have been victimized or witness to victimization in the course of trading sex. If you’re in CA – find your rep, call, and ask for their support!