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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Prostitutes Set to Protest Today

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge Coming to Polk and Sutter at noon...
  • Coming to Polk and Sutter at noon...
Angry prostitutes who won't stand for the city's proposed sit/lie laws are holding a "stand-in" today. The San Francisco-based US PROStitutes Collective -- which has a Facebook page -- have organized the noontime Polk and Sutter "stand-in"

At issue is a proposed San Francisco ordinance which would give police greater leeway in moving or arresting people loitering on the sidewalk between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Per the organizers:

Recent police crackdowns have also been widely opposed. They push sex

workers more underground into isolated and dangerous areas, and make it

harder to report violence for fear of arrest. And they

disproportionately target people of color. Black women are seven times

more likely to be arrested. With the pretext of saving victims of

trafficking, immigrant women, are routinely rounded up and deported.

40% of men arrested are men of color.

Not surprisingly, the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness is also sponsoring today's event. 

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