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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Prostitutes as Victims

Here's a surprising blast of common sense from New York State.
The state of New York will begin treating most alleged prostitutes as victims rather than criminals, and seek to steer them toward medical treatment, job training and other social services to break the cycle of sex trafficking.
It's about time. I hope other states will follow.

Full details here.

8 comments:

  1. Thank you, Max, for this. Enough said.

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  2. Thanks for posting this Max! Another one of those changes that seems radical but is so sensible you wonder why it has taken so long! It reminds me of the new approach to Massachusetts domestic violence cases that has halved the murders in a very short time. http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/07/15/massachusetts_figured_out_a_simple_solution_to_prevent_domestic_homicide.html

    I hope we can continue to take a fresh look at all the cases that could be handled in a different way to save women from slavery and death.


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  3. So, anyone who is involved is Sex Work is a victim?

    I like the premise of it, like treating drug addicts as victims rather than criminals. However, with Sex Workers there is a number of them who do the work by choice. I wonder how they feel being classified as victims when what they would like is the ability to legally work.

    However, no doubt that many in the industry are victims of drugs, pimps..etc. Sex Workers say that legalization would solve many of those problems. I would like to hear from a sex worker on this.

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    1. This is for both Kenny and James,
      Years ago I read a book called Brothel: The women of Mustang Ranch. It was by Alexa Adams. She was doing her doctorate at the time. Her thesis involved health care precautions in Nevada's brothels.

      I would say every woman interviewed or mentioned in the book was a willing worker in this environment. They chose to follow Nevada's strict rules concerning on/off work schedules and mandatory testing. They worked in a clean environment and had control over their clientele. More importantly, they were of legal age. I am all for legalization.

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  4. I agree with Kenny. I do think that there are many victims, addicts and people who feel like they have no choice to prostitute themselves, but the bigger problem in my opinion is that they are being arrested in the first place. Why? Why should a person, woman or man, not be able to offer a service to another person in exchange for compensation? If it were all legal and on the up and up, you could license sex workers who choose (for whatever reason) that line of work, and make certain they are healthy, not spreading disease, etc. When it remains illegal, those that are truly victims are more likely to end up in trouble with the law, thereby by making there circumstances worse.

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  5. Interesting. I agree that many embark on this type of work by choice. Others, not so much. With that in mind, I do think that resources should be available to those who want out. I've also always found it ridiculous that sex can be legally given away for free, but not paid for. Bizarre.

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  6. The resources should be there regardless of compensation or not.

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