Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cops Fight Bill Banning Them From Raping Sex Workers

[TRIGGER WARNING: WHOREPHOBIA, RAPE, SEXUAL ABUSE, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, POLICE BRUTALITY]

So a group in Alaska is trying to pass a bill banning police from having sexual contact with sex workers and it stalled because Alaskan cops, who initially said they would not stand against the bill, are now fighting it because they say they need to be able to have sexual contact with sex trafficking victims in order to “rescue” them.

It all comes down to touching, he said: Prostitutes have used a technique known as “cop checking” to immediately identify officers and shut down an investigation. 
“(In an undercover investigation) they ask one simple question: ‘Touch my breast.’ OK, I’m out of the car. Done. And the case is over,” said Case, offering a hypothetical example of what he thinks might happen if the law passed. “If we make that act (of touching) a misdemeanor we have absolutely no way of getting involved in that type of arrest.”

Wow so sex workers have figured out a way to protect themselves from being arrested by cops who have proven themselves to be intensely whorephobic and abusive. How dare they. [/sarcasm]

This comes after stories began breaking about cops having sex with full service sex workers before arresting them, even if it had nothing to do with their so-called "investigations." Police have a long and horrific history of taking advantage of, abusing, and outright raping sex workers, promising to not arrest them in exchange for sexual favors and then arresting them anyway. And said sex workers have basically zero protection or any way to seek justice for this appalling and criminal behavior.

The organization in Alaska that’s trying to pass this bill is trying to raise $10,000 so that they can try to get it through again and better protect full service sex workers from cops. If you can spare a few dollars, this is a great cause for an oppressed group of people who are so often overlooked.

CUSP, the Community United for Safety and Protection, has a website explaining their fight to protect sex workers and decriminalize all sex work. The group was made and is run by and for sex workers so you know your money is going directly to the people who actually need help. The page explains why decriminalization is necessary and contains several (very disturbing) accounts of police abuse.

This blog listens to and supports all sex workers and whatever they need. It's important to realize that many sex workers do not want to be "rescued," and many others who would want to do something else cannot survive without sex work due to the horrors of late stage capitalism, so we should be ending that rather than making life more difficult for sex workers in a misguided and whorephobic attempt to "rescue" them. This is what I have learned by listening to sex workers.

Spreading the word on this bill and the ridiculousness of police saying they need to sexually abuse sex workers in order to "rescue" them is also helpful. I didn't know about this particular bill until yesterday and national outrage could pressure these cops to back down and the legislators to pass it.

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