San Francisco Legislator's Bill Would End Loitering for Prostitution Arrests in CaliforniaPolice in California would no longer be able to arrest anyone for loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution under a bill advanced by state lawmakers on Friday amid debate over whether the move would help or harm sex trafficking victims.
Bay Area Lawmaker Seeks Protections For Sex Workers Who Report CrimesSen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, announced Monday he introduced a statewide bill last week aimed at protecting sex workers from being arrested when they report serious and violent crimes.
New Laws Forced Sex Workers Back On SF Streets, Caused 170% Spike In Human TraffickingPolice stats showed a drop in violent crime for San Francisco last year. But there’s one major category that is bucking the trend: Police recorded a 170 percent jump in reports of human trafficking in 2018.
Nevada Sex Workers Resist Efforts to Close Legal BrothelsA pimp's campaign for the legislature has sparked an anti-brothel effort that sex workers fear could spread to parts of Nevada that allow legal prostitution.
Sex Workers Warn Of Danger After Feds Shut Down BackpageSex workers and sex work advocates across the United States expressed concern Friday after federal authorities seized control of the popular classified website backpage.com and its affiliated websites.
San Francisco Sex Workers Reporting Violent Crimes Won't Face ArrestSan Francisco has adopted first-of-its-kind policy that shields sex workers reporting a violent crime from being arrested for prostitution.
Program To Offer Medical, Social Services To Mission District Sex WorkersOutreach workers will offer medical and social services to sex workers in San Francisco’s Mission District starting next month as part of a new pilot program spearheaded by Supervisor Hillary Ronen.
Sex Workers' Advocate Asks Federal Court in S.F. to Strike Down Law Against ProstitutionA lawyer for a sex workers' advocacy group asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco Thursday to overturn a 145-year-old California law that criminalizes prostitution.
Sex Workers Demand Meeting With Gov. Brown On Legalizing ProstitutionA coalition of sex workers has gathered almost 6,000 signatures on an online petition, demanding a meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown.
Sex Workers Say California Bill Gives Police Too Much PowerSex workers are fighting to do away with parts of a California bill that they say would give law enforcement officers discretion over whether sex workers are arrested or instead referred to social services, and could put sex workers at risk of police exploitation.
'Erotic Service Providers' Sue To Legalize Prostitution, Overturn 1961 BanThe Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project claims the state’s current anti-prostitution law violates the Constitutional rights of sex workers.
Prostitutes Turning Airbnb Rentals In Manhattan Into Temporary BrothelsProstitutes and escort services are using the San Francisco-based Airbnb home-sharing service to turn prime Manhattan apartments into temporary brothels, according to a report.
Condoms No Longer Allowed As Evidence In San Francisco Prostitution CasesAfter pressure from human rights organizations and health officials, a decision was made by the San Francisco's District Attorney to no longer allow condoms as evidence in cases of prostitution.
San Jose Residents To Protest Rise In ProstitutionA San Jose faith group anticipates dozens will participate in a public safety rally Thursday to rally against an increase in prostitution and gang-related crime on South First Street.
San Jose Anti-Abortion Group Video Targets NYC ClinicA San Jose-based anti-abortion group targeting Planned Parenthood released a video Tuesday showing an employee at a New York City clinic giving advice to a man posing as a pimp and seeking health services for underage sex workers.