Prostitution is one of the most controversial crimes in the United States. Some believe it’s a victimless crime that shouldn’t be prosecuted. Others believe that prostitutes are victimized by both the “clients” they service and, often, the individuals who forced them into working as a prostitute. And yet others believe that the prostitutes themselves are criminals who add to the moral decay of society. Still, across the country, prostitution cases are being dropped by more “progressive” prosecutors. Here’s one extreme example.
“Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that he is moving to vacate open bench warrants related to prostitution and loitering for the purposes of prostitution – charges his Office no longer prosecutes...” according to the District Attorney’s press release.
“District Attorney Gonzalez said, ‘I decided to take this action for several reasons: first and most obviously, it doesn’t make sense for someone to have an outstanding warrant for something we no longer prosecute. But beyond that, these warrants have powerful negative consequences for the individual, and they undermine public safety. Because someone with an open warrant is subject to arrest at any time, those engaged in the selling of sex are more likely to be driven underground and be less likely to report abuse or other crimes, which makes both them and others less safe. An outstanding warrant could show up years after it was issued in a background check for an apartment rental or a job application, hamstringing someone’s ability to move on from their past to a more stable and less dangerous way of life.
“‘Vacating these warrants and dismissing these cases is consistent with my view that those who engage in these activities need to be offered assistance, not criminally prosecuted…‘” [emphasis added]
For more, see the District Attorney’s press release.
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