PROPOSITION K: AN IMPORTANT STEP FOR WORKERS RIGHTS

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PROPOSITION K: AN IMPORTANT STEP FOR WORKERS RIGHTS

Proposition K, a ballot measure that would have  increased worker and public safety by decriminalizing prostitution, came up short  on election day but exceeded a similar effort four years ago in Berkeley by 5 percentage points.
While the Erotic Service Provider Union, main proponents of the proposition, are disappointed by the result they recognize that that Proposition K is an important first step towards ensuring that basic and fundamental human and worker rights are extended to all members of society.

³This is a phenomenal effort for a class of workers who have been criminalized for 95 years! While it is disappointing not to gain equal protection for all, we prevailed on educating the press and the public that we are a work force has to be taken seriously and must have the right to seek safer working conditions instead of being criminalized² said Measure K proponent Maxine Doogan.

Proposition K proponents recognize that fundamental change requires a long term strategy and dedication. The late San Francisco Board of Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person elected public official in California, ran four times before being elected. Sex worker rights and our advocates will continue the effort to win basic human rights for this class of workers who have been moving targets for arbitrary law enforcement and predators alike.

Rachael West of the US Prostitutes Collective took an optimistic note. ³The number of voters in support of Proposition K represents a sea of change. An exciting movement in San Francisco has come together led by current and former sex workers of all colors, genders, sexual orientations and walks of life. The tremendous national and international interest in Proposition K has put sex workers¹ rights and safety at the forefront like never before.
While defeat Proposition K leaves sex workers unsafe and criminalized, we now have a 42% springboard from which to win next time and are much more aware of the issues.² said Rachel West.

Maxine Doogan is also looking forward. ³Voters were confused about how to respond to the sex workers¹ calls for decriminalization and equal protection under the law in light of the disingenuous anti-trafficking rhetoric of Proposition K opponents. The League of Young Voters denounced these Œscare tactics¹ and the sex worker rights movement will continue to educate the public.² Doogan said.

“At the heart of the movement is the right to bodily freedom and choice.² said feminist and Proposition K supporter Denise Jameson. ³This includes sexual activity, birth control, pregnancy, and sex work.”

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  1. […] in Canada the girls are banned from actually talking to any potential clients).  San Francisco’s Proposition K of 2008 (a measure that would have effectively decriminalized prostitution in the city) failed by only 8%, […]

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