D.C. City Council is currently debating legislation that decriminalizes pimping, brothel-keeping, and sex buying in our city. Doing so will give sex traffickers a stronger hand to operate with impunity and put even more vulnerable people at risk of being tricked, coerced, or forced into the sex trade. We can’t let this happen.
There are better ways to protect the rights of vulnerable people in our city, including transgender people and communities of color that have often been the target of discriminatory criminalization policies and practices. Specifically, we strongly support decriminalizing people in prostitution - the actual direct sellers. Criminalizing these people only makes it more difficult for them to exit the sex trade if they so choose, whether or not they are victims of trafficking. We believe people should have that choice.
Please take a moment to send a message to your Councilmember by filling out the form on the right.
Thank you for taking the time to educate our elected officials about this legislation and about how sex trafficking works. Your voice matters and we cannot do any of this work without you.