Partners in Crime: The Criminalization of Communities and Communication Via Prostitution Law
August 17 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
By definition, criminalization is “The action of turning someone into a criminal by making their activities illegal”. In this presentation, we’ll examine how individuals in the sex trade are driven to dangerous isolation by laws that criminalize not only their work, but their connections with other humans. We’ll consider what roles sex workers serve in their families and communities, and how these basic networks are impacted by the criminalization of prostitution. This presentation will include brief overviews of other historic trends in US history where laws are used to target specific communities or demographics. This presentation is recommended for critical thinkers wishing to deepen their understanding of sex work prohibition and the ways in which laws are used to divide and censor specific communities.