Promise of bill to decriminalize DC sex work ends in arrests

June 4, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — A city councilman of Washington, D.C., has announced plans to propose a bill to decriminalize sex work in the District.

News outlets report the Monday announcement and news conference by Councilman David Grosso was followed by two activists climibing nearby flagpoles to hang a supportive sign. U.S. Park Police officers arrested the women whose sign read “decrim now” in pink letters. Park police didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the arrests or possible charges.

Grosso says he plans to introduce reiteration of a sex work decriminalization bill that was proposed to the Council in 2017 and was opposed by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. Councilman Jack Evans said the 2017 bill would make the city a “mecca for prostitution.” Councilman Robert White is co-sponsoring the new bill.

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