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Convicted Sex Workers Must Register as Sex Offenders in Louisiana

Convicted Sex Workers Must Register as Sex Offenders in LA

Adding to the long list of weird American sex laws, Louisiana — along with eight other states — has a crime-against-nature law. It's an unused, archaic law in most places, but New Orleans has been reinterpreting the 200-year-old law for its own purposes. The city now defines "unnatural copulation" as anal or oral sex and uses it to brand convicted sex workers with the title "sex offender."

Of the 861 registered sex offenders in New Orleans, 483 were convicted of crimes against nature, and 78 percent of those are black and almost all are women. What's that mean for them? There's a stamp printed on their driver's licenses, labeling them as sex offenders. They can't get food stamps or public assistance, much less jobs, and if there's a hurricane they need to go to special shelters reserved for sex offenders. They can't even dress up for Mardi Gras!

And guess what happens when a person can't get a job or public assistance, New Orleans? Probably something illegal like prostitution!

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