My response to Farley on Freakonomics- Should prostitution be Decriminalized?

I wrote and submitted this last night, but no new comments have appeared since yesterday afternoon, so it may yet go up. If not, however, I am posting it here. I also resubmitted it today without the jabs at Ms. Farley, in case that was the issue.

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Beyond Offensive

The following video found on break.com is extremely offensive and constitutes a hate crime against sex workers.  “Dead Hooker Removal Service.”   It’s in the category “Funny Videos.”  Apparently this is also a website that actually has a Pay Pal account for the “dead hooker removal” !  Jesus.

Please complain to Break.com and ask them to remove this video on the basis that it constitutes a hate crime and is morally offensive, and include the link to the video.

I notice if you do a search for “hooker,” more negative videos comes up under the thin guise of “comedy.”

Proposition K on RH Reality Check

SF’s Proposition K: Changing the Landscape for Sex Workers

Sienna Baskin and Melissa Ditmore on October 28, 2008 – 8:00am
Next week, San Francisco voters will vote on Proposition K, which would prohibit the use of public funds to enforce laws criminalizing prostitution, and mandate that police investigate crimes against sex workers. The passage of Proposition K would change the landscape for sex workers in San Francisco in critical ways. First, by removing police officers’ power to arrest sex workers, it would reduce sex workers’ vulnerability to all of the abuses of that power sex workers currently experience: police profiling and harassment, sexual harassment and assault, rape, and extortion of sexual favors under threat of arrest by police officers, and entrapment.

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