Action Alert…. US PROStitutes Collective….Action Alert End Criminalization of Women for Trying to Make Ends Meet.In August 2008, Ms G, a 21-year-old Black mother of two appeared at Alameda County Superior Court on three prostitution charges, including violation of a “Stay Out of Areas of Prostitution Order”.Ms G was working as a prostitute having been denied […]
US PROStitutes Collective
Our sister organisation the US PROStitutes Collective (US PROS) is a multiracial network of women who work or have worked in different areas of the sex industry. Founded in 1982, US PROS campaigns for the decriminalization of prostitution and for justice, protection and resources so that no one is forced into prostitution through poverty or violence.
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Our efforts are paying off! As you know, US PROStitutes Collective and Sex Workers Outreach Project have been circulating letters, including a model letter to Senators, opposing a change in the law which would remove the need to prove “force, fraud or coercion” in trafficking charges (House Bill 3887, the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection […]
US PROStitutes CollectiveP.O. Box 14512San FranciscoCA 94114Tel/fax (415) 626-4114July 7, 2006Dear conference organizers,There are many grassroots sex workers who like us were kept out of the Revisioning Prostitution Policy: Creating Space for Sex Workers Rights and Challenging Criminalization conference July 10th to 12th in Las Vegas because of your high registration fees. We wanted to […]
IT IS THE POSITION OF THE SAN FRANCISCO YOUTH COMMISSION to support Resolution #001564 passed in September 2000, and to recognize of its sponsors, Supervisors Ammiano and former Supervisor Bierman. We join the Supervisors, along with the community, in urging the San Francisco Police Department and Office of the District Attorney to prioritize the rigorous […]
The Criminalization of Survival: Poverty, Violence and ProstitutionStreet Sheet, (San Francisco) June 2005, p7You need look no further than the case of serial rapist Jack Bokin to know why the SF Board of Supervisors (BOS) resolution 1564, Mitigating Violence Against Prostitutes should be immediately implemented. Bokin had attacked and violently raped at least three women […]
Evidence shows that criminalization makes sex workers more vulnerable to violence. Prostitute women facing rape, sexual assault and murder are afraid to report for fear of arrest – especially if they have outstanding warrants – or deportation.In one case, a woman who wanted to press charges against a violent rapist was not allowed to do […]
JACK BOKIN IS BEHIND bars, sentenced to 231 years to life in prison for his murderous attacks on prostitute women. We still need to know why so many women had to be hurt before this known predator was brought to justice. We are pressing for an inquiry into the actions of the police and district […]
City and County of San Francisco Master ReportNumber: 001564File Type: Resolution Status: PassedEnacted: 810-00Effective:Version: 1 Reference: In Control: MayorFile Name: Mitigating violence against prostitutes Introduced: 8/28/00Requester:Cost: Date Passed: 9/29/00Comment: No fiscal impactTitle: Resolution urging the Police Department, the Office of the District Attorney, and associated law enforcement agencies to rigorously prosecute laws against coercion, extortion, […]
By Peter HartlaubPolice, prosecutors say uphill battle to prevent victimizationActivists defending prostitutes took their concerns about violence to City Hall, hoping for changes that will make sex workers safer on the streets.Addressing members of the Finance and Labor Committee on Wednesday, more than a dozen supporters suggested less money should be spent fighting prostitution with more money […]
Stop Violence Against ProstitutesImplement SF Task Force Recommendations on ProstitutionI support the City of SF Task Force on Prostitution recommendations and the “Mitigating Violence against Prostitutes” resolution passed in 2000 by the Board of Supervisors, aimed at implementing such recommendations, by calling on the city of San Francisco to actively enforce laws against rape and […]