Defend Sex Worker Rights! Urgent Action Needed!

We stand in solidarity with SWOP-Bay Area!




The California legislature is now considering a bill SB 1110 that establishes a LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) program. This program authorizes police to refer sex workers to a treatment program on a first arrest or go to jail.

While those who put forward SB 1110 may be well-meaning, the legislation was written without input from sex workers.  It goes against the demands of the sex worker movement internationally which is for decriminalization, because it treats sex work not as a job but as a disease and sex workers not as workers but as offenders in need of treatment and rehabilitation.  Amnesty International, Open Society Foundation and other key organizations support decriminalization.

Similar programs to those proposed in SB 1110 have been extremely problematic. For example, in Seattle (which is used as an example of good practice for SB 1110) hundreds of people were swept…

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