West Virginia Sen. Mike Maroney, R-Marshall, has been within the information this week as a result of he was implicated as a purchaser, or “john,” in a prostitution arrest for the second time in slightly below a 12 months.
What a disgrace our police and authorities waste time and sources on the actions of consenting adults. What a disgrace we settle for as regular the egregious invasions of privateness that allowed these arrests to occur. What a disgrace we proceed to implement legal guidelines like these that damage poor and marginalized communities probably the most. What a disgrace that is distracting from points that actually matter.
We’re within the midst of a worldwide pandemic that has claimed greater than 200,000 American lives, an financial recession and a relentless stream of assaults on civil liberties. There is no such thing as a scarcity of points that deserve our consideration way over a state senator’s alleged sexual exploits. However since intercourse work is making headlines in West Virginia, that is the right time to level out the various causes it must be decriminalized.
The American Civil Liberties Union simply revealed an in depth report on intercourse work, and the information is obvious: Decriminalization is in everybody’s finest curiosity. Among the many findings, criminalization of intercourse work, together with criminalization of purchasers solely (the Nordic mannequin), considerably will increase the danger of violence and abuse for intercourse staff. Decriminalization considerably improves their psychological and bodily well being and monetary stability.
Now, greater than ever, now we have no enterprise focusing our sources on the non-public actions of consenting adults. However now could be the fitting time to appropriate an issue that has ruined numerous lives. A pandemic is the fitting time to alter insurance policies to enhance public well being. A recession is the fitting time to go legal guidelines that allow monetary stability and empowerment. A interval of renewed concentrate on policing is the fitting time to cease imposing these antiquated legal guidelines.
Let’s use this shameful incident as a catalyst for optimistic change, and decriminalize intercourse work.