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D.C. Could Become Only U.S. City to Decriminalize Prostitution

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason

Alvaro Fuente/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/NewscomWill Washington, D.C. buck national trends and actually take a stand for sex-worker rights and safety? It will if politician David Grosso gets his way. The at-large councilmember has just introduced a bill to decriminalize prostitution in the District.

“I do not think the criminalization of sex workers has worked for the District of Columbia,” Grosso told DCist. “Arresting our way out of the problem is not the solution. The approach should be a harm reduction and human rights approach.”

The “Reducing Criminalization to Promote Public Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2017” would amend D.C.’s criminal code to make both the selling and the buying of sex legal. It’s co-sponsored by At-large Councilmember Robert White.

Unlike moves by Canada and many Western European countries, the D.C. plan would not attempt to regulate sex work by setting up red-light districts, providing for brothel permits, or similar schemes. In

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