DSW's Communications Director Kaytlin Bailey

“Girls Do Porn” Was a Crime Ring, Not a Porn Site, Industry Experts Say

“Girls Do Porn’’ Was a Crime Ring, Not a Porn Site, Industry Experts Say (VICE, October 16, 2019) DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey is quoted: “To pretend that this is what the entire porn industry is like denigrates exactly the people that they claim to be speaking for,” Kaytlin Bailey, communications director for advocacy group Decriminalize Sex…Continue reading “Girls Do Porn” Was a Crime Ring, Not a Porn Site, Industry Experts Say

NY Should Allow Trafficking Survivors To Clear Criminal Records

A good prostitution-related bill that passed the Assembly side of the NY legislature in June is still pending in the state Senate. This legislation — known on the Senate side as S981A — would fully vacate the criminal convictions of human-trafficking victims. In 2010, NY became the first state to enact a law that allows…Continue reading NY Should Allow Trafficking Survivors To Clear Criminal Records

Twenty Years Later, Data Show That the Swedish Model Harms Sex Workers

Twenty years after Sweden passed the Sex Purchase Act of 1999, the country hosted “Sex Work, Human Rights, and Health: Assessing 20 Years of the Swedish Model” in Stockholm. The conference brought together activists, researchers, and policymakers from around the world to discuss the impact of the 1999 law, which criminalized the purchase of sex…Continue reading Twenty Years Later, Data Show That the Swedish Model Harms Sex Workers

DSW in the News

September 19: DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey was invited onto Newsmax TV with John Tobacco and Frank Morano to chat about sex work, Robert Kraft, and why handcuffs almost never help. September 22: Kaytlin Bailey appeared on “Morano in the Morning” to expand on the Robert Kraft case, why it matters for sex workers’ rights, and field calls…Continue reading DSW in the News

Dancers Unite! Historic Legislation on Stripper Labor Rights Passed in Minneapolis

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a historic ordinance that has increased the labor rights of strippers in the city. The law now includes, but is not limited to: banning management from extorting tips from dancers, mandating contracts provided by dancers, requiring sexual harassment training for management, and preventing management and security with a history…Continue reading Dancers Unite! Historic Legislation on Stripper Labor Rights Passed in Minneapolis

DSW Supports the Continued Legal Fight Against FOSTA/SESTA

Next month, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the appeal of Woodhull Freedom Foundation et al v. The United States of America, a case that seeks to challenge the constitutionality of the Fighting Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). FOSTA modified the Communications Decency Act Section 230 to permit civil and criminal suits against…Continue reading DSW Supports the Continued Legal Fight Against FOSTA/SESTA

DSW's Communications Director Kaytlin Bailey

2020 Candidates Consider Decriminalizing Sex Work

Democratic 2020 Candidates Struggle Over Whether To Legalize Sex Work (CBS News, July 11, 2019) DSW’s Kaytlin Bailey is quoted: “You have violence, you have exploitation, and you have blackmail. You have people operating outside the law, because legal protections are not extended to the entire industry.”

California To Pass Bill for the Health and Safety of Sex Workers

On July 1, 2019, the California Assembly passed SB 233 54-13. SB 233 is an act to amend section 1162 of the penal code by prohibiting the arrest of a person for misdemeanor drug- or prostitution-related offenses if that person is reporting a specified crime including assault, domestic violence, extortion, human trafficking, sexual battery or stalking….Continue reading California To Pass Bill for the Health and Safety of Sex Workers

“Gay Panic” Defense Can No Longer Be Used to Excuse Murder, a Win for Trans Sex Workers

Just before the June 30, 2019, kickoff of the World Pride March in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed A2707, a new law that bans the “gay and transgender panic” defense from being used in murder cases prosecuted in New York State. The panic defense has historically been utilized to lessen charges in…Continue reading “Gay Panic” Defense Can No Longer Be Used to Excuse Murder, a Win for Trans Sex Workers

New York Legislator To Introduce “Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act” – June 10, 2019

On June 10, Assemblywoman Julia Salazar, in tandem with local coalition DecrimNY, announced that she would be introducing a series of bills in the NY legislature that would fully decriminalize sex work in New York State. While it usually takes years to enact legislation into law, the mere introduction of the NY legislation fits with…Continue reading New York Legislator To Introduce “Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act” – June 10, 2019

Councilmember David Grosso Re-Introduces Legislation To Decriminalize Sex Work in D.C.

For Immediate Release:  June 3, 2019 Contact: Matthew Nocella, (202) 724-8105 Councilmember David Grosso re-introduces legislation to decriminalize sex work in D.C. Washington, D.C. – With increased support from Council colleagues, Councilmember David Grosso today announced the re-introduction of legislation that would reduce violence and improve public health and safety by removing criminal penalties for consensual…Continue reading Councilmember David Grosso Re-Introduces Legislation To Decriminalize Sex Work in D.C.