Oakland City Council Takes Stand Against Sex Workers 

In the name of stopping child trafficking, Oakland has endorsed an initiative that further criminalizes adult prostitution — even though San Francisco rejected the same program over fears it would endanger sex workers.

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Nealon, from Demand Abolition, emphasized that the group does not advocate for the arrest of sex workers or minors and instead wants CEASE partners to aggressively prosecute buyers while funding programs and services for child victims and workers. Bates and Nealon both also argued that the adult sex work industry is already underground and dangerous. "Unless we eradicate it," Nealon said, "it's never going to be safe."

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