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Citizens Concerned About DC Proposal to Decriminalize 'Sex Work'

Citizens Concerned About DC Proposal to Decriminalize 'Sex Work'
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Friday, 18 October 2019 12:52 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Don’t get it twisted. “Sex work” involves “sex trafficking.”

Thanks to D.C. Councilman David Grosso on the local level, and Kamala Harris and others in Congress, who are responding to this crisis with tricky talk and “confused compassion” about how to help victims of sex abuse and other violent and oppressive acts, there is a growing stir about the concept of how to protect “sex workers.”

In misguided efforts to help the victims, Grosso is really protecting the predators. “This is about protecting the human rights of our residents," said Grosso, a progressive council member who also led the push to decriminalize marijuana in the District. "Arresting our way through this has never worked."

He’s wrong in his thinking. Enabling the “sex worker” victims only puts more money in their bosses' pockets. We need to rescue the sex workers, not throw them deeper into the abyss.

"'A mecca for prostitution'? A new bill proposes decriminalizing sex work in D.C." reports The Washington Post at the center of discussions and hearings that would amend existing city laws to eliminate criminal penalties for selling or buying sex in the District. If passed, the bill would make the District the only U.S. jurisdiction to legalize prostitution, outside of some areas of Nevada where legal brothels exist.

Recently, while I was praying about victims of abortion, which includes babies and their mothers, I began praying for victims of child abuse and sexual molestation as well. All too often, these victims end up in trades called “sex work.” There is also increasing evidence of links to sex trafficking perpetrators and abortion mills where forced and coerced abortions are rising.

Other less pleasant monikers for these situations where people are called “sex workers,” are prostitution and whore mongering among other shady terms. It’s the same as calling baby murders abortion. Changing the name of evil deeds doesn’t cure the evil.

What people don’t realize is that all too many children are “turned out” by sexual predators at an early age, and are often forced to survive for many years in the lucrative sex trade industry.

A recent example of this issue is that of an Uber driver who called the police after realizing that his passengers included two female pimps and a teenage girl who was being trafficked. Hopefully, more honest media coverage will helpfully include some education for the public on what to look out for in sex trafficking situations.

Thankfully, many groups are now fighting this evil, raising awareness, and engaging the complex factors that contribute to this scourge. Even the controversial TV show "Empire" dared to recently address the issue of inconvenient abortions with one of the characters publicly coming out as “prolife.”

Sex trafficking is an offense to the sanctity of human life.

All human beings are made in the image of God and are thus equally valuable. From conception to natural death, women and men, girls and boys, rich and poor, every ethnicity, regardless of education level; life matters. It’s a sin and a shame to force another human being into slavery and call it “sex work.”

Yet, that is exactly what happens every day in the sex trafficking industry. The lawmakers know it.

The swamp is being drained. Washington is at the core of the sex trafficking crisis. Let’s pray for America, and victims of forced abortions and sex trafficking.

Dr. Alveda C. King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. She is director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Her family home in Birmingham, Ala., was bombed, as was her father's church office in Louisville, Ky. Alveda herself was jailed during the open housing movement. Read more reports from Dr. Alveda C. King — Click Here Now.

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