Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Wednesday she is open to the idea of decriminalizing sex work in the country. She told the Washington Post she acknowledges that sex workers endure hardships and abuse, and she wants to make sure those affected by human sex trafficking are particularly protected.

“I’m open to decriminalization. Sex workers, like all workers, deserve autonomy but they are particularly vulnerable to physical and financial abuse and hardship,” Warren said. “We need to make sure that we don’t undermine legal protections for the most vulnerable, including the millions of individuals who are victims of human trafficking each year.”

Just two years ago, Warren sponsored a bill that would “end banking for human traffickers” to hopefully halt their actions.

Warren, who represents Massachusetts, is among some 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls, and she now joins a handful of them in the decriminalization of prostitution and other sex work.

Sen. Kamala Harris from California earlier this year said she supported a bill that would decriminalize prostitution and other sex employment, per a report from The Hill.

“I think that we have to understand, though, that it is not as simple as that,” Harris said in February. “There’s an ecosystem around that, that involves crimes that harm people. And for those issues, I do not believe that anybody who hurts another human being or profits off of their exploitation should be … free of criminal prosecution.

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Elizabeth Warren joins those who want to decriminalize Sex Work by Scott McDonald

June 20th, 2019