Posts Tagged ‘criminalize’

NYATN Members Comments on Trafficking in Persons Report

In The Global Times‘s piece, “Despite good marks, human trafficking remains a problem in US,” NYATN steering committee member Crystal DeBoise, Sex Workers Project co-director, is quoted about how criminalizing sex work impacts trafficked persons.  The article says in part:

“Crystal DeBoise, co-director of the Sex Workers Project, said criminalizing sex work, which is punishable by incarceration in the US, spurs it to go underground, and argued that the more secret the location, the less access health workers and others will be able to help potential trafficking victims.”  Read more….

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) also issued a press release in response to the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report.  NYATN steering committee member Ivy Suriyopas, AALDEF staff attorney, stated, “Continued Presence and temporary visas are among our best tools in assisting trafficking survivors, and the consistently low numbers show that we are not making full use of them in our fight against trafficking.”  Read more….


Sienna Baskin in the News

Decriminalize Sex Workers” Letters to the Editor, The New York Times, 2.24.08

““The Wrong Target,” by Bob Herbert (column, Feb. 19), is right to direct attention to the Safe Harbor Act and the effort to decriminalize minors who do sex work. Any child induced into prostitution is a victim of trafficking and needs services, not punishment.”

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