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  1. Audacia Ray
    Audacia Ray March 3, 2009 at 11:39 am |

    It’s not an event per se, but Indian sex workers have something to celebrate today: Last week, the Cabinet failed to approve an amendment to India’s Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Bill that would have further stigmatized sex workers by criminalizing the purchase of sexual services.

    Meena Seshu, the director of the India-based org SANGRAM blogs about it here: http://blog.iwhc.org/2009/03/indian-sex-workers-fight-penalization/

  2. joe_D
    joe_D March 3, 2009 at 12:04 pm |

    ending stigmatization and discrimination against sex workers,

    I’m all for every else on that list, including decriminalizing prostitution. But until it’s decriminalized and legal, prostitutes are criminals. Do you really believe that the government should only enforce the laws you agree with?

  3. joe_D
    joe_D March 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm |

    Sorry, I mean to excerpt “ending the raids/stings against prostitutes”.

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  5. RD
    RD March 3, 2009 at 12:39 pm |

    If anyone is coming to the nyc potluck, bring food if you can!

  6. Lynn
    Lynn March 3, 2009 at 12:54 pm |

    Thank You Cara/ Feministe!

  7. Jill
    Jill March 3, 2009 at 1:03 pm | *

    Also, Joe, you know there are a TON of laws on the books that aren’t enforced, right? In the town where I grew up, it was technically illegal to whistle on the street after 10pm. I’m guessing that was never enforced. Many, many places have silly ordinances on the books just like that. Sodomy laws are actually another good example — a Supreme Court case overturned them, but even before that they weren’t enforced very strictly (especially not among straight people). Police have a lot of leeway in determining who they do and don’t crack down on.

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  9. joe_D
    joe_D March 3, 2009 at 2:00 pm |

    Jill and Cara,
    Fair point. I didn’t think that through fully.

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