Target: Washington State Senate Law & Justice Committee Chair, Mike Padden
Goal: Fight human sex trafficking by demanding increased penalties for offenders who purchase sex.
Legislators in Washington State are hoping to curb the demand for sex workers by increasing the penalties offenders will face if they attempt to purchase sex within the state. The oppression and exploitation of people who are forced into sex work against their will is inexcusable, and new measures need to be taken in order to prevent people from buying sex from those who have been forced into sexual slavery.
As of now, the penalty in Washington for purchasing sex from a prostitute is a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine, with the crime labeled as “patronizing a prostitute.” The new bill that is under consideration would increase the penalty to 364 days in jail and a $5000 fine, with the new label of “sexual exploitation.”
By increasing the penalties and re-naming the crime, legislators hope to see a decrease in the number of people soliciting the services of sex workers. In turn, they hope the decrease in demand would trigger a decrease in the number of people being trafficked into the sex trade.
While some sex workers have chosen their work voluntarily, the majority of them are victims who are being forced to sell their bodies against their will, leading to lifelong physical, mental, and emotional complications. It is essential that efforts are taken to stop the inhuman and oppressive sex trafficking trade. Please sign the below petition to fight against sexual slavery by supporting increased penalties for those who are guilty of sexual exploitation.
Dear Chairman Padden,
I am writing to request that you and your committee support the proposed legislation to increase the penalties for offenders who purchase sex within your state. Prostitution is an industry that creates huge demand for the trafficking and exploitation of many girls, boys, and women every year, and it is essential that efforts be taken to curtail the demand for sex workers.
As of now, the penalties for purchasing sex in your state are very minimal, and they are obviously not deterring people from seeking out sex workers, who are very likely being forced to sell their bodies against their will. While there are some sex workers who have chosen their work voluntarily, the majority of them are victims who are forced into sexual slavery, leading to lifelong physical, mental, and emotional complications. The goal of this proposed legislation is to deter people from purchasing sex by establishing harsher penalties for doing so, thus decreasing the overall demand for sex workers.
Human sex trafficking is inhuman, and we need to be doing everything we can to stop this oppressive and exploitative industry. Attempting to decrease demand for sex workers who may be victims of sexual slavery is a good start. Please fight for the victims of sexual slavery by supporting the proposed increase in penalties for those who are guilty of sexual exploitation.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Ira Gelb