NEW YORK -- A New York judge tossed out thousands of prostitution-related cases dating to the s on Wednesday at the request 0ut personals the Manhattan district attorney, who announced he would no longer prosecute many offenses related to sex work.
The mass dismissal of charges is the latest big step in a movement to decriminalize prostitution — or at least aim prosecutions at people involved in human exploitation, rather than at the mostly poor women who have historically made up the bulk of people arrested. Many of the dismissed cases involved the former crime of loitering for the purpose of engaging in prostitution. Vance's office said it had identified about 6, cases in escort clubs records where there were convictions or open warrants with top charges of misdemeanor george personals or und massage.
In February, New York repealed a law that allowed police to arrest people who appeared to be using a public space for prostitution. Eight people — including five transgender woman of color — filed a lawsuit challenging the old law as discriminatory, saying auckland cbd escort had led to arbitrary arrests of transgender people in particular.
Vance's office would still prosecute more serious crimes related to prostitution, including those involving coercion or human trafficking. Escort culiacan decision was applauded by activists, defense lawyers and lawmakers who have lobbied for changes in the law.
Some other prosecutors in the region have taken similar steps. The top prosecutors in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx have all dismissed hundreds of prostitution cases in recent months.
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