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Federal Court Ponders Constitutionality of Prostitution Ban

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

A federal court heard arguments yesterday challenging California’s criminalization of prostitution, in a case that could have implications for sex work laws across the nation.

Brought by the Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education, and Research Project (ESPLERP), the constitutional challenge claims that California’s prostitution laws violate residents’ right to privacy, free speech, and free association.

“Our hope is to see this bad law struck down,” said ESPLERP President Maxine Doogan, “so that consenting adults who choose to be involved in prostitution are simply treated as private citizens again, and are afforded all the privacy and constitutional rights thereof.”

During oral arguments before Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges Thursday, ESPLERP attorney Louis Sirkin stressed that the case “is not about sex trafficking, it’s not about the abuse of women, and it’s not about the abuse of minors. It is about consenting adults that voluntary want to work in the

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