Two alleged survivors of sex trafficking sue the state of Nevada claiming that it violated the 13th Amendment by facilitating and profiting from the illegal sex trade in the state.
Announced Monday, trial in particular appoints the attorney general of the State and Governor Steve Sisolak, as well as several countiesand private entities.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), which is bringing a lawsuit on behalf of the suspected survivors, is asking a district court to declare national and local laws legalizing prostitution unconstitutional. This includes escort services and county ordinances that allow legal brothels.
"Nevada's legal prostitution system has inherently aided in the sex trafficking of these complainants for both profit of sex buyers who flock to Nevada and for the benefit of Nevada and its tourism industry, "said Christen Price, senior legal counsel at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.
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"The plaintiffs were subjected to violence, threats and other forms of control by profiteers in the sex trade, which is precisely what the Thirteenth Amendment prohibits. Ultimately, these Nevada defendants must be held accountable for allowing this abuse. "
Governor Sisolak's office declined to comment. Attorney General's office failed to comment. Responded to Fox News request. The state filed four new federal sex trafficking prosecutions in 2020, according to NCOSE. In 2020, US Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich announced that more than $ 65 million in grants from the Federal Ministry of Justice were available to combat human trafficking in the state.
An NCOSE victory could create potential problems for other state prostitution laws, although the trial presents the situation in Nevada as particutterly blatant.
Part of NCOSE 's argument rests on the idea that legalized prostitution tends to be correlated with an increase in sex trafficking. s from the London School of Economics (2013 ) and Harvard University (2014) also found that countries where prostitution is legal tend to see higher levels of human trafficking. The NCOSE lawsuit alleges that Nevada brothels knowingly employed trafficked persons and engaged in coercive activities such as preventing prostitutes from leaving the premises.
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Complainants "Jane Doe " and Angela Williams also use federal anti-trafficking laws to try to prosecute on behalf of those currently trafficked . jurisdictions ' "reputations of legal havens for sex.
NCOSE lawsuit comes as part of a larger campaign to deregulate or decriminalize prostitution in the United States . California lawmakers last week approved a bill that would decriminalize vagrancy for the purposes of prostitution. Texas, meanwhile, recently passed a law making solicitation of prostitution a crime.
Nevada, however, is the only state where prostitution is legal. Prostitution is technically illegal in Las Vegas, although NCOSE alleges "this is more false than reality" because the city allows "legalized escorts and escort offices." The University of Nevada in Las Vegaspreviously reported that the state was linked for ninth in sex trafficking in the United States with 199 cases in 2017.
Rhode Island also decriminalized prostitution between 1980 and 2009, providing a case study for researchers seeking to determine the effects of decriminalization. NCOSE reported a review of the Wake Forest Act article claiming that decriminalization led to an increase in prostitution and hampered law enforcement.
The defenders of decriminalization generally argue that it allows women to earn a living as they see fit. The Open Society Foundations , led by milliardaire George Soros, argues that decriminalization promotes safe working conditions, reduces the risk of the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and helps prevent abuse.
"When sex work is decriminalized, professionals (s) of sex can push for safer working and working conditions for the justice system to seek redress in cases of discrimination and abuse, "the group said. "Sex workers are more likely to live free from stigma, social exclusion or fear of violence.