Does Legal Prostitution Help or Hurt Women? San Francisco’s Prop. K

San Francisco’s Proposition K would decriminalize prostitution in the city by removing local law enforcement’s power to prosecute sex workers.

Many sex workers believe that decriminalization will help them to get police help with assault cases, allow them to talk openly to health care providers, and reduce social stigma.

Other advocates fear that decriminalization will lead to a rise in sex trafficking, encourage pimps and johns, and tie the hands of police.

We’re asking you – what do you think the results of Prop. K’s passage will be, good or bad?

Does decriminalization of sex work help women, or hurt them?

You can contribute to this conversation over at the CA NOW blog.

9 Responses

  1. I don’t particularly want to set up an account over there, but someone may wish to share this link: http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/5017069/sydney-sex-workers-enjoy-best-health/

    I’ll try and dig up some more indepth articles on the study tomorrow, that was a quick google before I got dragged away from the computer🙂

  2. It will definitely help, and I don’t think it will encourage pimps and johns because it gives more power to the prostitute herself, allowing her to protect herself.

  3. not being arrested can only be a good thing.

  4. I tried to post this link yesterday, but it doesn’t seem to have shown up:

    http://news.theage.com.au/national/sydney-sex-workers-enjoy-best-health-20080915-4gyh.html

  5. Disappearing comments?

  6. I am currently traveling in the Balkans, where there is a lot of human trafficking. It is a real problem. When talking to members of NGO’s who deal with sex workers, as well as human trafficking conditions, they all believe, that first of all, sex work and human trafficking are two very different things. And secondly, they believe that decriminalization would help battle human trafficking because it will move sex work away from the margins, and make it harder for traffickers to use sex work as a form of power over people.

    I am writing about this issue, on my blog. http://www.wendyvinaigrette.wordpress.com

    I am hoping to do more in-depth interviews with people on this very issue.

  7. Thanks wendyv,
    this is a great quote:
    Elena Drezga, of JAZAS, an NGO in Belgrade working with sex workers, says, “Criminalization of sex work makes sex work invisible. That is a good background for human trafficking to grow. If sex work is decriminalized than it is not so easy to manipulate the people who consider themselves on the margin of the society.”

    What the money like over there?

  8. Hi Maxine,

    I am trying to set up interviews with all sorts of people who have say on the matter. Once I get a few more, I will post it here on Bound not Gagged, as well as on my blog. It is definitely clear that we as sex worker activists need to have an extremely strong analysis on human trafficking in order to be able to inform voters on the difference between trafficking and sex work, as well as to be able to combat it.

    The money that JAZAS gets, as well as HOPS, the group in Macedonia comes from something called the Global Fund.

  9. check out this link.
    Sound familiar?

    http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/575158385.html

    Prop 8 Helps Protect Against Human Trafficking

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