December 17, 2019:
Representatives Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee announce in the House, and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ron Wyden introduce in the Senate, the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act to examine the effects of SESTA.
The bill calls for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish empirical data on the risks sex workers face on a day-to-day basis as a result of SESTA.
Since its passage, there is no evidence that SESTA has reduced trafficking, while there is significant evidence that it causes increased violence and economic desperation. Additionally, the law has impeded law enforcement investigations into trafficking by obscuring these operations.
Khanna’s bill seeks to bring these disastrous consequences to light. In order to endorse this important step forward, please take the time to reach out to your state representative by visiting DSW’s Take Action page.