Roommates, New York state lawmakers are truly shaking the table with this newly proposed bill! Senators are looking to make New York the first state to fully decriminalize sex work.
According to PIX 11 news, New York Senators Jessica Ramos and Julia Salazar introduced the bill at the New York State Assembly. If passed, the bill would make it legal to sell and buy sex under very specific conditions!
The bill has reportedly received lots of support already. Some supporters even spoke out during the assembly.
“We are trying to change the lives of many New Yorkers that historically have been criminalized for using their bodies to survive,” one supporter said.
Not only does the bill aim to make sex work legal, but Senators want to regulate the places where prostitution takes place to make working conditions safer.
There are some exceptions that come along with the bill, however. Under the bill, many misdemeanor charges related to prostitution have the potential to be dropped. However, some charges, such as prostitution in a school zone, will remain on ones record!
As it stands currently, selling sex is a class B misdemeanor in New York State, punishable by up to three months in jail and a $500 fine. Buying sex is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison or $1,000.
New York Senators are making the argument that criminalizing sex work creates an unsafe culture for women, and contributes to worsening poverty levels.
Are y’all here for the change, Roomies? Let us know in the comments!