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From Margin to Center: Sex Work Decriminalization is just A racial justice Issue

By Jasmine Sankofa, AIUSA Sexual and Reproductive Rights Advocate

Intercourse tasks are criminalized through the United States, typically as misdemeanor offenses. Like the means the Unites States treats and criminalizes medication use, the policing of intercourse work exacerbates stigma, compromises use of resources, warrants physical violence, and it is steeped in racial disparities. Females of color, particularly Ebony cisgender and transgender ladies, girls, and femmes, are specially susceptible. Because intercourse work and intercourse trafficking are conflated, interventions are dedicated to abolishing the intercourse industry rather than eliminating structural problems that drive exploitation.

From profiling to remove queries, from discarded condoms1 to forcible and extorted sex—law enforcement is a regular perpetrator of physical violence against intercourse employees. Since the Daniel Holtzclaw situation in Oklahoma unveiled, having a history of sex work and drug usage increases vulnerability to police intimate physical violence. Black ladies, that are over policed, impoverished, and are now living in racially segregated communities, are marked as prime goals. Regrettably, just exactly what the thirteen survivors in Oklahoma experienced is not an anomaly.

Although intimate attack is grossly underreported, intimate physical violence may be the 2nd most reported as a type of authorities misconduct, after utilization of force. The DC Trans Coalition unearthed that 23% of Black transgender individuals were physically or intimately assaulted by authorities since they had been observed to be involved and transgender in the intercourse trade. Another report, significant Work, discovered that almost 40% of Ebony and Ebony Multiracial transgender people that have experience exchanging intercourse had been put through pervasive harassment, violence, and arrest. More…