CNN recently argued the “decriminalizing sex work” would serve as a key to “rebuilding the economy,” proposing that an alleged Biden-Haris administration should convene a national sex worker task force.
The opinion piece landed the author, immigration attorney Sabrina Talukder, a spot on CNN’s Sunday program, “This Is Life with Lisa Ling.”
Originally published to CNN on December 6th, the piece – Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, here’s how you can rebuild the economy: Decriminalize sex work – advocates for the “removal of criminal penalties for the buying and selling of sexual acts.”
In short, the Biden-Harris administration “must address the decriminalization of sex work.”
This “critical” move ought to be prioritized by a potential Biden-Harris administration “within the first four years,” prompting Talukder to float a “national task force” featuring “sex workers with diverse experiences”:
The piece also highlights the experience of illegal immigrant sex workers, opening by documenting the plight of “limited options for someone who is openly trans and undocumented”:
I couldn’t fall behind on my rent, so I tried having sex for money,” Dee, an undocumented New Yorker, whispered to me when I met with her earlier this year. “My landlord knows I don’t have papers.” As her rent payment loomed, she decided to try sex work on the advice of her trans friends, who noted — accurately — that options are limited for someone who is openly trans and undocumented. […] Dee ended up seeing some customers in her home and did manage to pay her rent. But when a neighbor called the police, Dee was arrested and charged with prostitution — a potentially deportable offense.