The Anchorage Assembly approved Tuesday night a measure that gives immunity to sex workers who tell police when more serious crimes have occurred. When the ordinance was first introduced it drew support from advocates, as well as several women who had previously engaged in prostitution.
Police are allowed to have sexual contact as part of sting operations because that’s part of investigating prostitution,” says sex worker advocate Maxine Doogan. House Bill 112 would change that.
The state’s omnibus crime bill eliminates sex workers’ barriers to reporting crimes.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the Justice Department declined to prosecute former VECO owner Bill Allen due to the weakness of admissible evidence.
A sex worker group is raising money to send one of their own to Juneau.