Doe v. Jindal: WWAV Members Bring Lawsuit against Louisiana’s SCAN Statute

Women With a Visions’ (WWAV) NO Justice New Orleans Project has brought its fight against the Louisiana Solicitation of a Crime Against Nature (SCAN) statute to the steps of the Louisiana federal courthouse with the lawsuit Doe v. Jindal. The plaintiffs are represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights, a Loyola law clinic, and Andrea Ritchie, Esq.

In a complaint filed February the 14th in the Eastern District of Louisiana, 9 plaintiffs, including a grandmother, a mother of four, three transgender women, and a man, allege the statute to be unconstitutional on equal protection grounds and because the statute amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.

SCAN criminalizes the solicitation of oral or anal sex for money, despite the existence of a prostitution law that covers the same conduct. While penalties for first convictions are the same for both laws, SCAN  requires second and subsequent offenders to register as sex offenders from 15 years to life. 75 percent of people convicted of a crime against nature in Orleans Parish are women, and 79 percent are black. 38 percent of those on the Orleans Parish registry are registered for a SCAN conviction. SCAN is the only registerable crime that does not involve force or the victimization of children. For more information, see WWAV’s policy brief.

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  1. […] at the federal level in the Eastern District of Louisiana.  The plaintiffs, who according to Harlot’s Parlor include “a grandmother, a mother of four, three transgender women, and a man,” are […]

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