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Legalization, the police, decriminalization, the feds.

I support legalization or decriminalization.  

There was a story recently about a local man who was robbed of his marijuana and a shit load of guns.  Because it’s legal and decriminalized here (not federally, just state legal for medical used – and decriminalized in small amounts for personal use) he was able to tell the police and the press that he had these guns stolen.  It struck me how much sense it makes.  It’s important to be able to tell people that someone has acquired a ton of weapons and they are traceable because the person who owned them can report it without fear for being arrested because he also grows weed.  To me that seems like a no brainer.  There are many other reason I think marijuana shouldn’t be illegal but that’s not the point of this post.  The point of this post is to make a metaphor out of this real world event.  

So imagine, if you will, that you are a sex worker.  Someone robs you and rapes you.  Now you are pretty sure that this person is going to do this again to someone else and you wish to let other people know that this person is a threat to others.  But of course you can’t.  You can’t tell the police, you can’t tell your friends except in person, and you really can’t get the word out to the greater community because what you do is ILLEGAL!!!  What you do to earn your living, makes it more of a threat to report any sort of crime, than it does to not report that crime and hope that bad things don’t happen.  Again.  I’m going to ignore currently, the issues I have with the police as a whole, as a system, and let’s just pretend that the point here is that you don’t want them to have any reason to arrest you and they also have the power to send out mass alerts.  So you are unable to alert others of this risk, because of the fact that you would go to prison, and in some states in the United States, you could go to prison for trafficking.  That’s for another article but that in itself is an absurd thing that exists in some state laws.  

Whatever your feelings on sex workers (you should love us though, just so you know) doesn’t it make more sense to give them the chance to report crimes that could effect other people, and in fact could save lives?  Instead of the current system which means that the police and the laws are, in fact, creating danger and causing the death and injury of many.  

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4 comments on “Legalization, the police, decriminalization, the feds.

  1. barriorojoblog
    February 2, 2014

    So, are u telling that if anyone hates prostitutes the best thing he/she could do is to outlaw prostitution to put those girls at a higher risk of suffering violence and abuses?

    Hmmm… I think that I’m understanding many things…

    • respectsexwork
      February 8, 2014

      I suppose. But that would be a pretty awful reason to do anything.

  2. David
    February 3, 2014

    Please tell me the rationale (if any) behind sex work being illegal in the first place?

    • respectsexwork
      February 9, 2014

      It has to do with power struggles, religious interpretation, but usually and most often it has to do with sexism.

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