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California Will No Longer Arrest Loitering Prostitutes


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California is becoming more and more like the video game Grand Theft Auto every day.

Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom has just signed SB 357 which will basically legalize prostitution.

The new law will now allow prostitutes to loiter outside of homes and businesses without receiving any consequences.

Newsom tried to defend the new law by saying “To be clear, this bill does not legalize prostitution, it simply revokes provisions of the law that have led to disproportionate harassment of women and transgender adults”.

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The Associated Press had more on the new law:

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed a new state law that will stop police from arresting people for loitering for prostitution, an issue that divided sex workers and advocates during a rare nine-month delay since state lawmakers passed the bill last year.

“To be clear, this bill does not legalize prostitution,” Newsom said in a signing message. “It simply revokes provisions of the law that have led to disproportionate harassment of women” and transgender adults, he said, nothing that Black and Latino women are particularly affected.

The bill will bar police in California from arresting anyone for loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution. Sen. Scott Wiener and other supporters said such arrest decisions often rely on an officer’s perception.

While Newsom said he agreed with the intent of the repeal, “we must be cautious about its implementation.” He said his administration will track crime and prosecution trends “for any possible unintended consequences” and, if so, work to correct them.

“For far too long, California law has been used to profile, harass and arrest transgender and gender-nonconforming people simply for existing in public spaces,” Tony Hoang, executive director of the LGTBQ rights group Equality California, said in praising the repeal.



 

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