Gov. Cuomo: Don't Further Punish Desperate Sex Workers Forced to the Street
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Gov. Cuomo: Don't Further Punish Desperate Sex Workers Forced to the Street

    1. Petition by

      Urban Justice Center

In the modern era, most sex workers who work on the street are engaged in sex work out of desperate need. They face widespread physical and sexual violence, especially from the police. For these women, men, and children, the criminal justice system is merely a “revolving door” that hinders rather than helps their chances of stopping sex work. More convictions only make it harder for sex workers to transition out of sex work into the mainstream economy, because they are rejected from jobs, denied work authorization, can even be evicted from their homes for these convictions.

But a bill now on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk would increase the penalty for vulnerable street-based sex workers.

The bill increases prostitution to a Class A Misdemeanor when it occurs on or adjacent to school grounds. The legislation was inspired by worries about sex work occurring too close to a school in West Farms, yet many community members in that very neighborhood have expressed concerns that such punitive measures will not address the root causes of the problem – addiction, exploitation and poverty – but will in fact, result in a cycle of recidivism that could have been prevented by a less punitive approach.

West Farms is a community that has seen the worst of the economic crisis, including cuts to social programs, increasing rates of incarceration, entrenched poverty, failing schools, and homelessness. Raising prostitution one offense level will not protect children nor the victims of poverty.

Tell Gov. Cuomo to veto this bill and look for real solutions to the economic problems facing our communities.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Barbara Tomlinson SEATTLE, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      Sweden has made progress against street prostitution by GOING AFTER THE MEN WHO BUY SEX, the "Johns", NOT the sex workers. This BRINGS RESULTS, because the men are exposed and shamed in front of their co-workers, families, etc. -- and it is THE ONLY APPROACH THAT EVER WILL WORK against street prostitution.

      I believe that prostitution needs to be legalized and regulated, sex workers can be unionized, both male and female sex workers need Health Care, Social Security, etc. It should be illegal of course, in cases of children being used or anyone being forced or trafficked.

      Of course it should not take place around schools; but the sex workers are less dangerous to the children than THE MEN WHO BUY SEX, who might try to buy it from the children, or force or intimidate them!

      So, GO AFTER THE MEN, THE SEX PURCHASERS, for heaven's sake!!!!! Pretty easy to set up a Police Surveillance and catch them -- if you WANT to! {Is it such a "coincidence", that MOST cops and politicians are still MALES? and don't want to "hurt their own"?????}

    • St juan Bautista BETHLEHEM, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      From the point of view of the goverment and society, who is society or the goverment to dictate what humans do, goverment is compossed of men and women, men who like sex and pay for it, and women who like sex and money, is called oppresion. From the point of view of the sex worker, the human is a legal resident of this world, never ask to be born never ask to be brough into this shit hole, where are the human rights of the human, to be whoever it want's to be, or to do whatever it want's to do with the body? your body is yours why is someone or something ruling what you can do and what you cannot do? let's go to court [the suprime court] and demad the human rights. from the devil point of view he is loving all this crap!!! laughing his ass off. and from God's point of view. 1 do not judge if you don't want to be judged. 2 do not do into others if you don't want to be done into you. 3 with the same mesure you mesured others, you will be mesured. and 4 all those who are free of sin let them cast the first stone. this 4 strikes and the world only allow humans 3 strikes and you are out. looks like humans are going over the limit this time, p.s. i will tell the whole world the reason for sex workers being outlawed, is because control procreation, fucking without babies is not good for the devil he needs slaves and sex for money is not good for his interest, same with abortion get it anyone? peace and love

    • Dana McDevitt CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm a native New Yorker and I remember how sad this situation is. Punishing people who are desperate is inhumane. Please veto this bill.

    • Jenell Holden SCOTTDALE, GA
      • over 3 years ago

      punish those that encourage women to degrade them self by being customers or employers !

    • Joshua Talton BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      "Give me your tired, your poor,

      Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,

      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,

      Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed,

      I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

      But I guess the Statue of Liberty's inscription is missing sex workers?


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