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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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tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
This honestly makes me so angry I can't really even talk about it.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
This is wrong on so many levels.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
This is so wrong!
staple-salad staple-salad 7 years
This had better be thrown out immediately. That's just wrong. And another reason for women to NOT report abusive pimps or having been forced into the sex trade! As far as I see it, there are only two reasons a woman would go into prostitution: 1. She wants to. 2. She's forced. So either, a woman who WILLINGLY entered a trade like this and who isn't harming anyone (assuming she uses condoms and gets tested, which could be controlled if prostitution was legalized) is labeled a sex offender for not, you know, raping children, but for consensually having sex with a willing partner. OR A woman who is forced into being a sex slave, not only can't go to the police because it will completely destroy her future, basically gets to get raped every day and beaten up and live in fear for her life OR be forced to live in the slums, never get to spend time around children, and be unable to find a job? WHAT THE FRIGGITY F***K!? BAN THIS NOW!!!
sham28 sham28 7 years
Oh my God, I don't even know where to begin.
bellavita214 bellavita214 7 years
This is complete bullshit, deterimental to both women and society, and solves nothing.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
This sex offender thing is getting out of control. A 18 year old boy can become a sex offender for sleeping with his 17 year old girlfriend. In my state there's even talk of making sex offenders put pink plates on their car. Now prostitutes? Microchip the dangerous ones and let the rest go already.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
weffie weffie 7 years
So oral and anal get you thrown into the same class of criminal as child rapists? Thank God I live in Canada! If I were in Louisiana, I'd either be in jail or really, really bored :P
imLissy imLissy 7 years
that's messed up
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
I agree with the whole crimes-against-nature thing....would that hopefully include people like Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian? No? Oh, right...well...then leave the hookers alone.
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