Sex Work Decriminalization
BDS supports the decriminalization of sex work by removing all criminal penalties for the sale, purchase, or promotion of sex between consenting adults. Furthermore, law enforcement’s distinction between people who engage in sex work and people who organize and profit from it—or “promote” it—is a false binary, as the same people are arrested for either charge. The criminalization of sex work between consenting adults has pushed people in the sex trade to the margins, engendering exploitation and vulnerability to trafficking. People targeted for arrest for sex work are overwhelmingly transgender and cisgender women, and people arrested both for sex work and for purchase-side charges are almost exclusively Black, Brown, and Asian New Yorkers. Sex work should be entirely decriminalized, and all people who carry the burdens of sex work related records should have their convictions vacated.