A constitutional right to engage in prostitution?

Appeals court allows challenge to California's ban on sex trade to go forward: “Why should it be illegal to sell something that it’s legal to give away?”

Advocates of legalized prostitution took their challenge to California’s 145-year-old ban on commercial sex before a federal appeals court Thursday and appeared to get a hint that they’ll have another chance to show why the law should be cast aside. The case was brought by three former prostitutes, a would-be client and the Erotic Service Providers Legal, Educational and … [Read more...]

Catholic sisters work to stop sex traffickers at Super Bowl

Informational meeting on October 3 at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco

The following comes from a September 22 Catholic San Francisco article by Christina Gray: Bay Area Catholic sisters from more than a dozen religious communities hope to tackle the influx of sex traffickers expected at next year’s Super Bowl by educating the hospitality workers serving its Santa Clara venue, the director of the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s Office of … [Read more...]

Slavery surpasses drug trade in San Diego

Children of the Immaculate Heart hosting a human trafficking forum on May 11

The following is from an article by Grace Williams of Children of the Immaculate Heart: Jesus used the words “captive” and “oppressed” to begin his earthly ministry, declaring that the Spirit was upon him to give liberty to those who are oppressed. There are many forms of captivity in our world today – spiritual captivity to sin, political oppression by unjust powers, and … [Read more...]

Sex website seizure angers prostitutes

Teenage runaways were a problem

The following comes from a July 29 story on Reuters. The head of San Francisco’s Erotic Service Providers Union has been a sex worker for 24 years — and "I hope to be doing it for another 24," says Maxine Doogan. But she dreams of a future when she won’t be treated like a criminal and could earn a little respect in the city that launched the fight for sex worker rights 41 … [Read more...]