Anunciado el lunes, la demanda judicial specifically names the state’s attorney general and Gov. Steve Sisolak, junto con varios condados y entidades privadas.
El Centro Nacional de Explotación Sexual (NCOSE), which is bringing the suit on behalf of alleged survivors, is asking a district court to declare unconstitutional state and local laws legalizing prostitution. That includes escort services and county ordinances that license legal brothels.
“Nevada’s legal prostitution system has inherently contributed to the sex trafficking of these plaintiffs for both the benefit of sex buyers who flock to Nevada and for the profit of Nevada and its tourism industry,” said Christen Price, senior legal counsel at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.
“The plaintiffs were subjected to violence, threats, and other forms of control by sex trade profiteers, which is precisely what the Thirteenth Amendment forbids. Por último, these Nevada defendants must be held accountable for enabling this abuse.”
Gobernador. Sisolak’s office declined to comment. The attorney general’s office did not respond to Fox News’ petición de comentario. The state had four new federal sex trafficking prosecutions in 2020, according to NCOSE. En 2020, NOSOTROS. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich Anunciado que mas que $ 65 million in federal Justice Department grants were available to fight human trafficking in the state.
An NCOSE victory could create potential problems for other state laws on prostitution, although the lawsuit presents the situation in Nevada as particularly egregious.
Part of NCOSE’s argument rests on the idea that legalized prostitution tends to correlate with an increase in sex trafficking. Studies from the London School of Economics (2013) y Harvard University (2014) also found that countries with legal prostitution tended to see higher levels of human trafficking. NCOSE’s suit alleges that Nevada brothels knowingly employed trafficking victims and engaged in coercive activities such as preventing prostitutes from leaving the premises.
Plaintiffs “fulano de tal” and Angela Williams are also utilizing federal anti-trafficking laws in an attempt to sue on behalf of individuals currently being trafficked. State and county authorities, ellos discuten, benefited from the jurisdictions’ “reputations as legal havens for sex.”
NCOSE’s lawsuit comes amid a broader push to deregulate or decriminalize prostitution within the United States. La semana pasada, California lawmakers approved a bill that would decriminalize loitering for the purposes of prostitution. Texas, mientras tanto, recently passed legislation making solicitation of prostitution a felony.
Nevada, sin embargo, is the only state where prostitution is legal. Prostitution is technically illegal in Las Vegas, although NCOSE alleges “this is more pretense than reality” as the city allows “legalized escorts and escort bureaus.” The University of Nevada in Las Vegas previously reported that the state was tied for ninth in sex trafficking in the U.S. con 199 cases in 2017.
Rhode Island also decriminalized prostitution between 1980 y 2009, providing a case study for researchers seeking to determine the effects of decriminalization. NCOSE pointed to a Wake Forest Law Review article arguing that decriminalization prompted an increase in prostitution and hindered law enforcement.
Decriminalization advocates generally argue that it empowers women to make a living in a way they see fit. The Open Society Foundations, led by billionaire George Soros, argues that decriminalization promotes safe working conditions, reduces the risk of spreading sexually transmitted diseases, and helps prevent abuses.
“When sex work is decriminalized, sex workers can press for safer working conditions and use the justice system to seek redress for discrimination and abuse,” el grupo dice. “Sex workers are more likely to live without stigma, social exclusion, or fear of violence.”