Prop 35 Panel Discussion
October 14th, 2:00pm
Center for Sex and Culture: 1349 Mission St., San Francisco
A panel discussion voter information and press event, which unpacks the rhetoric behind the California state anti-“trafficking” ballot initiative.
Sex worker activists and advocates warn that California’s Prop. 35, the CASE Act (Californians Against Sexual Exploitation), while claiming to primarily target human trafficking, actually expands the definition of trafficking well beyond that currently recognized by global experts; expands prison sentences and sex offender registration, including in some cases for the people it claims it will protect; further criminalizes sex workers’ associates, including their partners; erodes affected persons’ online privacy; and seeks to channel fines to police agencies, sex work abolition agencies, and nonprofits associated with Homeland Security. Funded by an Internet entrepreneur and riding a wave of anti-trafficking activism, the CASE Act is likely to spawn comparable attempts at law reform in other states.
The Center for Sex & Culture convenes a panel to discuss this proposed law from a sex worker rights point of view. Featuring No on 35 voices: Maxine Doogan of the Erotic Service Providers Union, Rachel West of US Prostitutes Collective, Carol Leigh of BaySWAN (Bay Area Sex Workers’ Action Network), and Carol Queen, PhD of the Center for Sex & Culture. For more about Prop 35: http://www.againstthecaseact.com/ and www.noonprop35.info and http://esplerp.org/