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The ‘Stop Violence In The Sex Trades Act’ Could Make New York The First State to Decriminalize Sex Work

Lawmakers consider bill to decriminalize sex work in New York
Lawmakers consider bill to decriminalize sex work in New York
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New York state would legalize the buying and selling of sex under a proposal introduced in the state Legislature Monday that would lift criminal penalties for sex work.

The Stop Violence In the Sex Trades Act isn't expected to get a vote before the Democrat-led Senate and Assembly plan to adjourn for the year next week.

But supporters still hailed the announcement of the bill as a critical step toward repealing criminal penalties for sex workers and their customers.

Speaking at a press conference in Manhattan Monday, former and current sex workers talked about being forced into the industry as minors.

They said many sex workers rely on their jobs to make ends meet.

Larry sits down with advocates for and against the bill to discuss considerations on either side of the complex issue.

With files from the Associated Press.


Audacia Ray, director of community organizing and public advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project and is a former sex worker; she also co-chairs the policy work group, DecrimNY, a coalition of organizations dedicated to decriminalizing sex work in New York that backs the Stop Violence in Sex Trade Acts bill; she tweets @AudaciaRay

Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) New York City, a non-profit advocacy group that works to advance women’s rights ; she tweets @soniaossorio