Wiener Announces Statewide Bill To Protect Sex Workers From Arrest

February 11, 2019 16:12 pm · 31 comments

Sen. Scott Wiener introduced a statewide bill last week aimed at protecting sex workers from being arrested when they report serious and violent crimes.

According to Wiener, Senate Bill 233 ensures sex workers who witnessed or are victims of crimes like sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking, robbery, assault, kidnapping, threats, blackmail, extortion or burglary won’t be criminalized.

Additionally, the bill would prohibit the possession of condoms from being used as probable cause to arrest someone for sex work.

“This legislation is about protecting victims and increasing public safety. Too many sex workers are victimized, and the last thing we need is for sex workers to be further victimized by being arrested when they report a crime. If sex workers risk arrest for reporting a crime, they simply won’t come forward, and violent criminals will go free,” Wiener said in a statement.

“We also need to make it easy and safe for workers to access condoms. Using condoms as evidence of sex work creates a huge incentive for sex workers not to carry or use them. Criminalizing possession of condoms undermines our efforts to reduce HIV prevention,” he said.

According to Wiener’s office, a study conducted by the University of California at San Francisco and the San Francisco-based organization St. James Infirmary, 60 percent of sex workers experience some form of violence
while working. Among those, 32 percent reported being physically attacked and 29 percent reported being sexually assaulted on the job.

“Predators view sex workers as easy targets because the illegality of their work makes the police a natural threat; abusers know most sex workers will never go to the police, and they take advantage of that,” St.
James Infirmary deputy director Pike Long said in a statement.

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has already adopted the practice and committed to not use condoms as evidence when prosecuting sex workers. The San Francisco Police Department has also set guidelines to
prohibit the arrest of sex workers who report crimes, according to Wiener’s office.

A hearing will be set for SB 233 in the coming months, Wiener’s office said.

Dawg February 11, 2019 at 4:41 PM

The state should do one better and legalize prostitution, the girls will pay state and federal income tax and we will have happy hookers.

Bob February 11, 2019 at 10:16 PM

Works great in NV

WC February 11, 2019 at 4:47 PM

When’s he putting forth a bill to rename California to The Mustang Ranch?

Tsa February 11, 2019 at 4:47 PM

I suggest that the sex workers find a new occupation that minimizes the risk of violence. This Wiener guy has mush for brains…

what the?? February 12, 2019 at 11:26 AM

Since we’re just wishing for things that will never happen as some sort of actual solution why stop there?
I suggest no one commits crimes.
I suggest we all get along.
I suggest we all treat each other with respect.
See I just solved all the worlds problems just like you solved this issue.

just sayin February 11, 2019 at 4:58 PM

So he is proposing a bill to help protect people that are engaged in criminal activity…

ok February 11, 2019 at 5:05 PM

Makes sense and long overdue. Agree with Dawg, the state can monetize this.

Chicken Little February 11, 2019 at 5:06 PM

This is the same justification used for the creation of sanctuary cities. Where does it end?

Rollo Tomasi February 11, 2019 at 5:09 PM

I sure hope this asshat is working on a similar bill to protect drug dealers from arrest.

CS February 11, 2019 at 5:58 PM

Comparing sex workers to drug dealers makes no sense. No need to resort to childish name-calling either, it just gives your point less value.

Rollo Tomasi February 12, 2019 at 7:21 AM

It’s a very apt comparison. What other class of criminals should be protected from arrest? Oh yeah, that’s right – illegal aliens.

Jim R February 12, 2019 at 8:46 PM

Rollo…better add President too.

Bedazzled February 11, 2019 at 5:31 PM

Prostitution is illegal, they should be arrested when they file a complaint then charges can be filed in the assaulter.

ManBearPig February 11, 2019 at 5:31 PM

The Party of “Morals” is bringing Sodom and Gomorrah to us. How nice of them.

Hooray for IV drug use!
Hooray for murdering babies!
Hooray for prostitues!
Hooray for half naked children dancing at gay clubs with adults throwing money at them!

Next up will be their push to decriminalize pedophilla.

Always Right February 11, 2019 at 6:57 PM

Exactly.

The “progressive” demoncrats want to legalize prostitution next. Followed with lowering age of consent so NAMBLA pervs can claim your children and grandchildren.

Mcgee February 11, 2019 at 7:44 PM

What’s it like living in fear everyday?

Nunya February 12, 2019 at 3:28 AM

what’s it like living in denial?

Aaron February 11, 2019 at 5:46 PM

Well I’m happy that children and teens who feel forced or coerced into prostitution by abusers can come forward now. Not sure how I feel about other implications of this law.

Anon February 11, 2019 at 5:53 PM

Ah yes, the Canada model. No punishment at all for sex workers, but shame, punish and arrest the Johns.

Anonymous February 11, 2019 at 6:35 PM

Newspeak:

Was. Now
Illegal immigrant. Undocumented worker
Prostitute Sex Worker

Wonder if a Weiner has ever lived near a stroll where the “sex workers” are out yelling and fighting and soliciting everyone that walks by , including kids.

Talk to the folks in low income areas who put up with street hookers and see how sympathetic they are to “Sex workers”

Sick of it February 11, 2019 at 7:56 PM

This clown needs to go away or even pushed out He is the ne that wrote the law that made it perfectly fine to have sex with some one if you are infected with HIV and do not let them know with no criminal charges being brought now. This guy is way out of line with what is needed to protect the major population of the state He has to go away before he does to much damage

T-Rex February 11, 2019 at 8:26 PM

Aw, that’s cute! He’s trying to protect his clients.

RANDOM TASK February 11, 2019 at 9:04 PM

Small fact voters approve everything this tool puts forward
Lemmings are loose and voting for anything their party puts forth
The end game is chaos and then control over you after taking away everyones freedoms
Long live dem control you wanted it

Dr. Jellyfinger February 11, 2019 at 9:42 PM

They should call this the “Serious, Violent, Wiener Sex Bill”

Swillis February 12, 2019 at 4:15 AM

Ah the Demonrats! Always busy degrading morality in the masses while millions live homeless, without food or medical care so they can enrich their illegal immigrant voter base, among MANY other REAL problems. Next will be legalizing the rape of children and our real problems will just fester and degrade further. BUT, thank God they protect the criminal! It’s not like they ever follow up on any rape kits or anything! NO that would be a good, helpful thing and that is opposite the demonrats agenda.

Sign from Above February 12, 2019 at 7:17 AM

More earth shattering legislation put forth by Weiner! Really?? Can this guy come up with anything worthwhile? What a waste! He has yet to produce anything of value! Come on Scott………Think “common good”! I know it’s a stretch for you.

Jimyjam February 12, 2019 at 8:12 AM

A Senator named Wiener.
Of course he did.

David Blackstock February 12, 2019 at 8:27 AM

Anyone else think it is weird that a Wiener a announced Statewide Bill To Protect Sex Workers?

4th generation CCC February 12, 2019 at 8:42 AM

Poverty is the hugest contributor to crime. It is a shame that people still have to resort to prostitution to pay their bills. Charging women with prostitution just because they have condems on their position is just so wrong. How are we going to prevent the spread of disease if these women or men are not using protection? You may not even be aware that your spouse is having sex with another person.
Great work Senator!

Rollo Tomasi February 12, 2019 at 6:19 PM

“Poverty is the hugest contributor to crime”

Is that empirical or anecdotal?

Dan February 13, 2019 at 7:33 AM

Hey all you busy bodies, stay out of the business of consenting adults. It’s called liberty.

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