crasch (crasch) wrote,
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New Orleans cops charge prostitutes as sex offenders

New Orleans city police and the district attorney’s office are using a state law written for child molesters to charge hundreds of sex workers like Tabitha as sex offenders. The law, which dates back to 1805, makes it a crime against nature to engage in “unnatural copulation”—a term New Orleans cops and the district attorney’s office have interpreted to mean anal or oral sex. Sex workers convicted of breaking this law are charged with felonies, issued longer jail sentences and forced to register as sex offenders. They must also carry a driver’s license with the label “sex offender” printed on it.

Via Dan Lyke/flutterby. Remember this story when you hear a so-called feminist organization claim that anti-prositution laws "help" women.

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