Bills to Decriminalize Prostitution in NY: Danger for Victims, Protection for Pimps

Bills to Decriminalize Prostitution in NY: Danger for Victims, Protection for Pimps

In their list of goals, Decrim NY mentions those who purchase sex only in passing, preferring to focus on the benefits that full decriminalization would have on sex workers, but it’s the johns and pimps that truly to stand to gain from the proposed bills. Allowing men to purchase sex without legal consequence increases the demand for prostitution, which makes selling women’s bodies more lucrative for traffickers and results in more women being trafficked to meet the demand.

A Preliminary Hat in the Ring of Laws To Help End Sex Trafficking

A Preliminary Hat in the Ring of Laws To Help End Sex Trafficking

Last week, Catalyst’s blogger, Maggie, posted about a new law in Hawaii that would remove a requirement for a person to prove he/she is a sex trafficking victim in order to have a prostitution conviction expunged. Hawaii is the first state to enforce this law, and we are hoping this is the first of many steps for other states like Illinois to follow.

Hawaii Prostitution Law a First in Fight for Trafficking Victims

Hawaii Prostitution Law a First in Fight for Trafficking Victims

Last week, Hawaii became the first state in the nation to remove a requirement that a person prove they were a sex trafficking victim to have a prostitution conviction expunged. In addition to removing what Gov. David Ige termed an “unrealistic” requirement of proof, the legislation he signed reduces the precondition time-limit, allowing individuals that avoid additional convictions to motion to vacate their conviction after three years rather than six.