Hundreds of sex workers and sex work advocates ed up to canvass for Salazar in the lead-up to the primary election, in which she unseated incumbent state Sen. Martin Malave Dilan.
Salazar made the rights, health, and safety of sex workers a priority for her campaign. In Nevada, prostitution is legal in only a handful of counties. A handful of Democratic presidential nominees have come out in support of it, including Bernie SandersElizabeth Warrenand Kamala Harris.
The push to decriminalize sex work has become a priority for the progressive movement in the past year. For sex workers and advocates, this moment is a long time coming.
Advocates have been fighting on the margins for the rights and health of sex workers, slowly pushing the needle toward full decriminalization of sex work. So SWAC formed with a small group of advocates and organizations and spent a few months defining its principles.
It was the first time a politician had introduced the idea anywhere in the country since prostitution was officially legalized in parts of Nevada by the Supreme Court in Along with dozens of advocates, Raven hit the ground running with an intensely coordinated grassroots campaign to make it seem not so radical, to spread the message that sex workers are not criminals and that current laws harm more than help.
Advocates canvassed door-to-door in neighborhoods around DC and organized public education and outreach about the misconceptions of sex work.
This time around the bill had four co-sponsors. But that shifted inwhen New York City created a series of special Human Trafficking Intervention Courts HTICswhich treated everyone arrested for prostitution as if they were human trafficking victims, regardless of whether their status as a sex worker was by voluntary or not.
Jessica Ramos introduced the Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act, which would end the criminalization of sex work between consenting adults. An increased focus on criminal justice reform, thanks to activist movements like Black Lives Matter, has helped sex worker advocates gain visibility.
In May, DecrimNY partnered with Data for Progress, a progressive think tank, to conduct a nationwide poll among voters about decriminalizing sex work and found that Democratic voters supported it by a 3-to-1 margin. Over the past few months, several top Democratic candidates have made lukewarm statements of support for decriminalizing sex work.
But even with this current moment for sex workers rights, advocates are still skeptical of the presidential candidates voicing support. Samantha Michaels. Erika Eichelberger.
Fernanda Echavarri. Pema Levy. Kara Voght.
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