Will D.C. Decriminalize Prostitution?

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The John A. Wilson Building. Photo by Andrew Wiseman.
The John A. Wilson District Building. Photo by Andrew Wiseman.

Just as Washington, D.C., is adjusting to marijuana legalization, Councilmember David Grosso is pushing for the decriminalization of prostitution in the district.

Grosso’s advocacy is timely. Days ago, Amnesty International announced their own support for “the full decriminalization of all aspects of consensual sex work.” Grosso cited Amnesty International’s position in a press release, reports the Washington City Paper.

Grosso hasn’t actually written any legislation yet, so it isn’t clear exactly what decriminalization would look like if he had his way. But he argued strongly in favor of a major policy reversal regarding prostitution. “For decades we have repeated the same practice over and over,” he said, “trying to arrest our way to an end of sex work, but it has never worked.”



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