Unfair laws that criminalize sex work strip people of other employment options upon conviction, bar people from housing and lead to unsafe jail conditions for trans women in the sex trade. In 2017, with the support of No Justice No Pride and other members of The Sex Worker Advocates Coalition (“SWAC”); Councilmember Grosso introduced the 'Reducing Criminalization to Promote Public Safety and Health Amendment Act' to the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety. The Bill, if passed would decriminalize sex work while creating other measures to keep our communities safe. In order to make our city safer for everyone - and marginalized communities in particular, join us in urging DC Councilmember Allen to hold a hearing on the Reducing Criminalization to Improve Community Safety and Health Amendment Act.
As DC's city coucil refuses to hold a hearing on pending legislation that would decriminalize sex work, Council Members Evans and McDuffie are doubling down by trying to expand a problematic law that criminalizes marginalized communities, including sex workers.
DC's "Nuisance Abatement" law has been used remove folks from their homes over biased complaints about "increased pedestrian traffic," and "bothersome solicitations."
Tell Evans and McDuffie to stop criminalizing our communities, and start working towards legislation that would actually support those who live on the margins.
During our involvement with SWAC, and the larger campaign to Decriminalize Sex Work; we've heard a number of things about sex work that are based on misinformation and we are setting the record straight.
The District, like most cities and states, has long had criminal penalties for consensual sexual exchange. Although widely used, such an approach has never worked – instead it only serves to harm those most vulnerable while fostering violence and exploitation. It is time for DC to take a different approach. Trans Women engage in sex work at a rate ten times that of cisgender women and 37% of DC's trans sex workers are homeless. Street-based sex workers who are engaged in survival sex work often bear the brunt of criminalization.
Check out some more myths and facts in these two amazing resources put together with the help of our community partners Collective Action For Safe Spaces below: