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Law enforcement authorities have been forced to turn a blind eye to public sex work after district attorneys across New York City stop prosecuting prostitution cases.

1976’s “Walking While Trans” law was repealed in February 2021, effectively barring law enforcement officials from arresting individuals who were witnessed trying to solicit sex in public places.  

Supporters of the measure argued that the “outdated” statute unfairly targeted minorities. “The Senate today corrects an injustice in our penal code that has permitted law enforcement to arrest transgender women—namely those of color, along with immigrants and LGBTQ youth—simply for walking down the street and the clothes they wear,” said bill sponsor state Sen. Brad Hoyman (D-Manhattan).

As a result, city district attorneys began tossing prostitution cases instead of prosecuting them.  In March, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez asked a judge to dismiss 857 open cases that went as far back as 1970, Queens DA Melinda Katz followed suit with 670 cases. A Bronx judge dismissed an astounding 8,000 open cases at the request of DA Darcel Clark.   

Manhattan DA Cy Vance announced that his office would no longer prosecute prostitution and unlicensed massage cases in April, and threw out 5,000 open warrants.  

Sex trafficking experts warn that the prosecution shift is actually damaging to sex workers, as many of them are forced into prostitution by controlling pimps, and neither they nor the johns that are buying their services are being targeted by law enforcement.  

“The pimp doesn’t give a s–t if his victim is arrested or if she’s not. What the pimp cares about is the bottom line, the dollars,” said former NYC special victims prosecutor Lauren Hersh. “So if the police were arresting the johns and targeting the demand for commercial sex, then ultimately what it would do is cause a chilling effect.”

While prostitution numbers have plummeted, so have arrests of sex work patrons with only four reported in Brooklyn this year. Similarly only two sex work promoters were arrested this year.

“They should be looking at the demand side, because the sex-trafficking industry is a demand-driven industry,” said the director of the Sanctuary for Families legal center. “We’re happy that the NYPD is no longer arresting vulnerable women and girls and LGBTQ people, especially transgender women … but we want to see enforcement around demand.

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xamaf66211
xamaf66211
2 months ago

Nice

raylaser
raylaser
2 months ago

New York – the New Sodom and Gomorrah!!

Robert Brady
Robert Brady
2 months ago
Reply to  raylaser

God is taking notice. At some point the shit will hit the fan. NY will be destroyed. Better move away fast. It is coming.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
2 months ago
Reply to  Robert Brady

No! Don’t leave.

Rotondaron
Rotondaron
2 months ago
Reply to  raylaser

Yes….the latest version….ALA: Biden crime cartel! Hunter is salivating?

Joey Baloney
Joey Baloney
2 months ago
Reply to  raylaser

NY is Sodom; California is Gomorrah.

Eneri
Eneri
2 months ago
Reply to  Joey Baloney

Ha ha like that one …..so true! Laughing a lot!

Ben Matthews
Ben Matthews
2 months ago
Reply to  Joey Baloney

🤔 So Is that why God put Commie-fornia, on the St. Andreas fault❓💀☠️😈

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
2 months ago
Reply to  Joey Baloney

I always thought California was sodom

stevo
stevo
2 months ago
Reply to  raylaser

sodom and gonerea!

Sandy
Sandy
2 months ago

I know where I’m not going to visit! Decay of morals and a slim pit of evil.

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
2 months ago
Reply to  Sandy

With aids and many other diseases what are people thinking?

Purple heart
Purple heart
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

What makes you think these people are thinking.

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
2 months ago
Reply to  Purple heart

They are thinking with parts below the brain

ZORRO
ZORRO
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

NOW EVERY YOUNG BOY WILL HAVE A PLACE FOR HIS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PARTY.

GOD HELP THEM AND US

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
2 months ago
Reply to  ZORRO

Senior trips to New York. And they will bring something home, if they make it, that a doctor can’t take off

Scotty
Scotty
2 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

Just wear a mask!

Grace
Grace
2 months ago
Reply to  Sandy

As New York goes so goes Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Reno and Las Vegas. The slime goes where the money is.