DEFEND SEX WORKER RIGHTS!
URGE SENATOR HANCOCK TO REMOVE
SEX WORK CLAUSES FROM SB 1110!
Join us in an action outside Senator Hancock’s office, State building, 1515 Clay St, Oakland
Monday August 1, 12 noon
SB 1110 (LEAD: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion), a bill currently in the California legislature establishes a diversion program for “drug and prostitution offenses,” is sponsored by Senator Hancock, D-Oakland.
- It treats sex work not as a job but as a disease and sex workers not as workers but as offenders in need of treatment and rehabilitation.
- It was drafted without input from sex workers.
- SB 1110 increases police powers by giving law enforcement the power to decide if sex workers go to jail or into treatment at a time when police racism, sexism and transphobia, and specifically their abuse of sex workers has been headline news.
- The LEAD referral system requiring assessment intake interviews is an invasion of privacy and essentially a registration scheme for sex workers.
A California wide campaign led by sex workers is urging withdrawal of the clauses related to sex workers.
Senator Hancock is intent on pushing the bill through against the wishes of sex workers who will be most impacted. US PROS and others have written, called, testified at legislative hearings on the bill, & met with the Senator’s aide but she is not budging.
The bill will be heard next in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, likely August 3rd. Let us know if you can come to Sacramento with us to the hearing.
US PROStitutes Collective
Campaign on SB 1110 initiated by: US PROStitutes Collective and joined by BAYSWAN; Black Trans Lives Matter; Coyote, Rhode Island; Desiree Alliance; Empower Foundation, Thailand; English Collective of Prostitutes; Erotic Services Providers Union; Kate Zen, Migrant Sex Workers Project, Canada; Red Light Legal; Red Umbrella Project; SWOP-USA; SWOP Bay Area; SWOP LA; SWOP- Sacramento.
Endorsed by: All of Us or None; Legal Services for Prisoners with Children; Los Angeles No More Jails Coalition; Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders, Women of Color/Global Women’s Strike; Youth Justice Coalition.