Latest Sit-Lie Protestors Stand for Prostitutes

Crackdowns, controversial proposed law rile sex workers

By Jackson West
|  Thursday, May 20, 2010  |  Updated 2:45 PM PDT
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Latest Sit-Lie Protestors Stand for Prostitutes

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Local sex worker advocates don't want streetlife criminalized, on Polk or anywhere else.

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Homeless advocates, civil libertarians, immigration reformers -- none of them like the new sit-lie law proposed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

And now you can add sex workers to that list.

The US PROStitutes Collective, a San Francisco organization that advocates for the rights of sex workers, held a "stand-in" at Polk and Sutter, where streetwalkers have long piled their trade in the world's oldest profession.

Recent crackdowns on prostitution in the Tenderloin by the San Francisco Police Department was also cited as reason for the action.

"With the pretext of saving victims of trafficking, immigrant women, are routinely rounded up and deported," stated the organization.

With Immigration and Customs Enforcement planning to collect fingerprints for anyone even accused of a crime, it's not an idle concern.

Photo by Flickr user moppet65535.

Jackson West thinks San Francisco should embrace its long history through the present, including vagabonds and prostitutes.

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