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SWOP Bay Supports ESPLERP in Calling for Decriminalization!

The California advocacy group Erotic Service Provider Legal, Educational and Research Project has filed a federal lawsuit arguing that California’s anti-prostitution law is unconstitutional.

According to their brief, California’s prostitution laws:

  • deprive individuals of the fundamental right to engage in consensual, private sexual activity
  • deny individuals the right to choose for themselves how to earn a living and who to enter a contract with
  • limit how and with whom and individual can associate in private
    discourage safe sex because the possession of condoms is used as evidence by prosecutors

Read more and find out how to support this historic effort! www.DecriminalizeSexwork.com

We are happy to present a donation of $362 to ESPLERP.

Members of SWOP Bay hosted an informational booth at the Castro Street Fair 2015.

We are happy to announce that a large group of workers, former workers, allies and friends volunteered and shared. We gave away cool little buttons and told people about sex workers’ rights and the current lawsuit to decriminalize sex work.

We asked for donations for the lawsuit and we raised a total of $362.

Why SWOP Bay members support the lawsuit:

The decriminalization of sex work is long overdue. The removal of 647(b) from the California Penal Code would be a step forward in addressing serious violations of sex workers’ civil, legal, human and economic rights.

The Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLERP) is a grassroots organization advancing sexual privacy rights through legal advocacy. It brought suit in March on behalf of several women and a man in U.S. District Court on the grounds that California’s anti-prostitution statute, Section 647(b) of the state Penal Code, violates fundamental Constitutional rights. Individuals can support that lawsuit at www.LitigateToEmancipate.com

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