Join the DC Sex Worker Advocates Coalition for a town hall discussion on DC's approach to addressing the sex trade.
Engaging in sex work is currently a criminal offense in the District of Columbia. However, we know directly impacted individuals and research that criminalization is ineffective and deeply harmful, leaving folks in the sex trade vulnerable to violence and discrimination with limited avenues for redress.
People engage in the sex trade for a variety of reasons, which include: better compensation than other work; greater flexibility; low barriers to entry; necessity; and/or difficulty obtaining traditional employment due to discrimination, insufficient training, or prior criminal convictions. People engaged in the sex trade need safe working conditions, access to healthcare, stable housing, and the ability to report incidents of violence against them.
Criminalization neither helps sex workers, nor their surrounding communities. Instead, reinvesting by connecting sex workers to essential services and eliminating counterproductive involvement in the criminal justice system is the most effective way to meet sex workers’ needs and to ensure that they are not at risk of exploitation or violence.
We hope you will join us on Tuesday, July 18 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm for a discussion about this important issue.
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Washington, DC 20005
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