Quick hit: By conflating sex work with trafficking, CA’s newly passed Prop 35 does more harm than good

“Under Prop 35, anyone involved in the sex trade could potentially be viewed as being involved in trafficking, and could face all of the criminal penalties associated with this redefinition of who is involved in “trafficking,” which include fines of between $500,000 and $1 million and prison sentences ranging from five years to life. This is in addition to having to register as a sex offender, and surrender to lifelong internet monitoring: that is, turning over all of one’s “internet identifiers,” which includes “any electronic mail address, user name, screen name, or similar identifier used for the purpose of Internet forum discussions, Internet chat room discussion, instant messaging, social networking, or similar Internet communication….

Advocates say Prop 35’s conflation of the sex trade with trafficking will not only endanger people in the sex trade, but it will also fail survivors of trafficking.

Check out Melissa Gira Grant on why this dangerous Proposition is targeting the wrong people for the wrong reasons.

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Lori Adelman is Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/cruisethevistas/ cruisethevistas

    I trust women who have worked in the sex industry to tell me what it is like there. Doesn’t sound too different from trafficking to me:

    “I have been asked to write about my experiences of torture, and this post is a start to exploring that.

    I believe the whole structure of prostitution is founded on torturing the prostituted class – and when it is not sadistic, that is almost unimportant.

    The structure of all forms of prostitution is designed to make the prostituted have no access to the language of no, it is a designed to give the prostituted no real access to safety, it is designed that the prostituted are stripped of their humanity and made into sex goods.

    That is why we must see and know that it the system of prostitution that allows and makes invisible the everyday torturing of the prostituted.

    There is a fundamental that makes it clear how it is torture, and how effective the prostitution profiteers and punters make it invisible.

    Most so-called sex in prostitution is rape or abuse, but by re-branding as consensual by the exchange of goods or money – then the rapes/sexual violence disappeared.”