Reposted from ESPLERP.org
Kamala Harris is making sex work more dangerous to boost her political career.
On October 6, the CEO of Backpage.com, the world’s second-largest online classifieds site, was arrested in Texas under a California warrant for pimping, conspiracy, pimping of a minor, and attempted pimping of a minor.
This is not about trafficking or the sexual exploitation of children – indeed the charges make no mention of that. Instead it is just the latest attempt to shut down online sex work advertising. First the Government went after the “adult services” section on Craigslist. Then they took down sex-ad forum MyRedbook.com, the gay prostitution site Rentboy.com, and escort review forum The Review Board. And now Backpage. This will not stop sex work. Instead it makes sex work less safe. In effect CA Attorney General Kamala Harris is making the lives of sex workers more dangerous to boost her Senate hopes and political career.
Sex workers have had enough. We will be demonstrating outside the California Supreme Court to make the point that shutting down online sites carrying ads for sexual services makes sex work less safe.
Sex workers in major cities across the USA will also be demonstrating on the same day.
WHAT: Sex workers protest the raid on Backpage outside the California Supreme Court.
WHO: Sex worker organizations including ESPU (Eroric Service Providers Union), SWOP Bay (SF Bay Area chapter of Sex Workers Outreach Project), and the US PROStitutes Collective.
WHEN: 12 noon to 1pm, October 25th, 2016
WHERE: In front of California Supreme Court, 350 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102