Proposition K Could Legalize Prostitution in San Francisco
If Proposition K passes this November, San Francisco could certain sections of Nevada and Rhode Island where prostitution is legal behind closed doors Proponents say that if prostitution is legalized, sex workers will be able to organize for rights and safety. Plus, it will free up $11 million dollars in police power each year.
Opponents argue that the crime of prostitution does not exist in a vaccuum and that deregulation will cause other crimes to increase. First, they argue that making prostitution legal will hinder the fight against sex trafficking which is the practice of forcing people into the sex trade. The proposal would make it difficult to investigate rings. Additionally, police would be prohibited from accepting federal or state funds for sex trafficking investigations that involve racial profiling.