After the SF Examiner reported on Mayor Newsom's nutty statement on
keeping prostitution illegal I wrote an LTE to the SF Examiner.
It has not been published to date but they did post another LTE which
was anti-sex worker from another person.
Mayor Newsom's pronouncement ["Mayor: Keep prostitution Illegal" 12-
13-07 ] ignores the reality of sex laws attempting to impose
morality. Consensual sex between adults was a criminal activity in
the eyes of the Sacramento legislators who were guilty of political
arrogance when they criminalized prostitution.
Statewide 14,000 arrests are made for prostitution. Allowing for
transport, booking and paperwork processing this represents 72,000
hours and $3 million of mis-spent police time. Including courts
costs, prison and probation time about $50 million is squandered on
prostitution prosecution while dubiously protecting our morals.
No one forces adults to engage in so-called vices. When adults
willingly indulge in a vice, no one is personally harmed. No
financial harm is created by indulgence in a vice; such behavior only
represents a free market exchange of payment for a service.
Individuals are not harmed by sex workers.
Repeal criminal laws governing paid consensual sex between adults.
Chair - Initiatives Committee
Libertarian Party of San Francisco
Jake McGoldrick gets it on this one, while the mayor is out
(see previously posted article "Newsom: Prostitution should stay
illegal"). Please call McGoldrick's office to thank him and
to tell him he needs to get a clue:
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick (be sure to mention if you live in
McGoldrick's District 1, the Richmond) - (415) 554-7410
Mayor Gavin Newsom - (415) 554-6141
Love & Liberty,
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> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
> CONTACT: Dr Avaren Ispen 1-877-776-2004 ext 2
> December 14, 2007
> WHO: Supervisor Jake McGoldrick and
> SEX WORKERS OUTREACH PROJECT
> WHAT: Press Conference
> WHERE: City Hall steps Polk side, SAN FRANCISCO
> WHEN: 11:30 MONDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2007
> On Monday, December 17th, 2007, Sex Workers Outreach Project USA
> will host
> the 5th Annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex
> Workers in Civic
> Center Plaza at 6pm. The public is welcome. Names of those who
> have been
> victims of violence will be read, their stories told and they
> be remembered with
> a candle-light vigil.
> Every December 17th for the past 5 years, Sex Workers Outreach
> Project USA
> (SWOP-USA) has held a vigil in Bay Area cities to call
> to the violence
> perpetrated against certain women, all sex workers, most of who
> remembered for their criminal status.
> âViolence is the result of an underground economy and the
> market that has
> emerged over so many years of criminalization,â said Robyn Few,
> founder of
> SWOP-USA. âOur criminal status often renders us silent. How
> we seek
> redress? How can we go to the police? Until we are able to
> our status, we will always be viewed as willing participants in
> our own rape and murder.â
> âWhen violence is perpetrated against one woman, be she a sex
> worker or not, it is
> an act of violence against all women,â said Supervisor Jake
> McGoldrick, who will
> co-host this yearâs event with SWOP-USA. âIt is time to
> the laws against
> prostitution so that we can protect these workers.â
> âThe new form of 21st century slavery is not prostitution but
> rather penal slavery,â
> states Dr Avaren Ispen, Lecturer at UC Berkeley in Social
> criminalization of certain populations makes them easier to
> as an informal
> economy and when they get out of line their labor can be coerced
> legally in
> the jail.
> Real abolition of slavery means ending the complicity of the
> with structural
> violence against sex workers.â
> On December 17th around the world sex worker rights advocates
> allies will
> take to the streets calling attention to violence against all
> women, but especially
> those who have no voice and who are often further criminalized
> the media when
> their stories are told.
> On December 14th in Oakland, SWOP representatives will meet on
> Blvd and in Berkeley on San Pablo Ave and offer legal advice,
> and services to
> sex workers. On December 17th in Chicago, SWOP members will
> to the
> police station, Arizona members will do a memorial procession to
> Tiradito Shrine
> in Tucson. In Vermont, SWOP will meet at the Unitarian Church.
> Las Vegas,
> sex workers will stroll down Fremont St. with candles and signs.
> New York they
> will meet at the Judson Memorial Church. In Michigan they will
> to the Capitol
> building in Lansing and in Los Angeles members will go to the
> Womenâs Alive
> Access Center. For a complete list of events happening around