Thursday, April 22, 2021

Manhattan to Stop Prosecuting Prostitution, Will Continue Prosecuting Those Who Pay For Prostitutes

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it would no longer prosecute prostitution and unlicensed massage, putting the weight of one of the most high-profile law enforcement offices in the United States behind the growing movement to change the criminal justice system’s approach to sex work. 
The district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., asked a judge Wednesday morning to dismiss 914 open cases involving prostitution and unlicensed massage, along with 5,080 cases in which the charge was loitering for the purposes of prostitution. 
The office will continue to prosecute other crimes related to prostitution, including patronizing sex workers, promoting prostitution and sex trafficking, and said that its policy would not stop it from bringing other charges that stem from prostitution-related arrests. 
That means, in effect, that the office will continue to prosecute pimps and sex traffickers as well as people who pay for sex, continuing to fight those who exploit or otherwise profit from prostitution without punishing the people who for decades have borne the brunt of law enforcement’s attention.


Most Likely II said...

So, if a John gets stopped for soliciting a hooker, all he needs to do is say, she offered to pay me for sex?????

asking for a friend ;)

Pastorius said...


You'd make a good lawyer.