Shannon Williams 
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Re: “Redefining Sex Work

You actually can do sex work forever - or for as long as you want to. I'm in my late 40's, I've been doing sex work for 17 years, and my business just keeps getting better and better. I know many women in the industry who are in their 40's and 50's who have had the same experience, and I've met several women in their 60's who are still working because they love the profession. Not at all an important point, but I couldn't help but address that comment! :)

Sex worker organizations have come out against Prop 35 because it is not actually going to help young people who are being sexually exploited. And because what it WILL do is put more poor women, men, and transgender people in prison. Sex worker organizations are not the only organizations that have come to this conclusion after reading the text of Prop 35. The California Coalition of Women Prisoners is also convinced that this proposition will result in more poor women, women of color, and transgender women being put in prison, and on the already watered down sex offender roles. If you would like to understand why, check out Another HUGE problem with Prop 35 is that it mandates that anyone convicted of lewd conduct since 1944 register as a sex offender. Lewd conduct is what the police like to charge women and men working on the street with when entrapping them for solicitation seems like too much of a hassle. So thousands of people who are not traffickers and were never accused of being traffickers are going to have to register as sex offenders. And here's another kicker - throughout the 50's, 60's and 70's, when it was practically illegal to be queer, the police had a tendency to charge gay men with lewd conduct. So now thousands of gay men will be required to register as sex offenders - because they're gay. Yes, there are people being exploited, sexually and otherwise, and they should be getting help. But Prop 35 is not the way to do it. Maybe the police should start enforcing the laws we already have against rape, statutory rape, assault, and kidnapping. Again, if you want a more detailed analysis of the text of Prop 35, go to

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Posted by Shannon Williams on 10/21/2012 at 4:16 AM

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