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Hawaii law on prostitution convictions is 1st in nation

I think this is a very good move, and it opens the door of information for what prostitution really is about.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/hawaii-law-on-prostitution-convictions-is-1st-in-nation/ar-AADMzEX?ocid=ientp

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Hawaii Gov. David Ige, surrounded by members of the bipartisan Hawaii Women's Legislative Caucus and U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, at left wearing a lei, signs legislation in Honolulu, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, making Hawaii the first state in the U.S. to remove a requirement that a person be a victim of sex trafficking to have a prostitution conviction erased. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii on Tuesday became the first state in the U.S. to remove a requirement that a person be a victim of sex trafficking to have a prostitution conviction erased.

Legislation signed into law by Gov. David Ige tosses prostitution convictions for those who avoid additional convictions for three years, even if they can't prove they have been victims of sex trafficking.

Victim advocates say most trafficking victims aren't able to reveal or prove they're victims because they fear their pimp or sex buyer will retaliate. They may depend on their pimp or trafficker for their livelihood. Ige called the proof of victimization requirement "unrealistic."

The legislation passed unanimously in the state House and Senate, which are both dominated by Democrats.

Nationwide, the average age someone enters the sex trade is about 13, advocates say. It's similar in Hawaii, but advocates say trafficking is a bigger problem in the islands because of the large tourism industry and military population.

Tammy Bitanga was 15 when she was trafficked into the sex trade in Waikiki after running away from her foster home.

She met an older boyfriend who had her selling sex in Waikiki, then sent her to Alaska where she worked in gentlemen's clubs and escort services. She left when she got a ride to the airport and a relative bought her a plane ticket back home. She now works for a nonprofit that helps girls recover from being trafficked.

Bitanga was never arrested and doesn't have a criminal record. But she supports the legislation for others, as a conviction on your record makes it that much harder to leave prostitution behind, she said.

"You have this thing stuck on you. And then it's like, 'OK, well, the only job I'm going to get is to go back to that life. Because I'm already there,'" she said.

Previously, the law allowed sex trafficking convictions expunged after six years, but only with proof of victimization...

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Reply #1 posted 07/03/19 9:11am

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This is good news, but TBH I don't know why prostitution is still illegal. Like George Carlin said, "Selling's legal; fucking's legal; why is selling fucking illegal??" lol

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Sounds good, Many Prostitutes (Including where it is legal) are victims. Not necessarily of sex trafficking but they are victims. I would say anyone arrested should be able to ask for help and get it and have that used (assuming that they go thought some process) to help them expunge the charges.

And the reason I want it to be kept illegal is for that very reason. It is NOT about empowerment it is about the degradation of woman and objects: PERIOD.


I have known women that were forced into it and it was only when they got arrested they finally asked for help and got it.

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OnlyNDaUsa said:

Sounds good, Many Prostitutes (Including where it is legal) are victims. Not necessarily of sex trafficking but they are victims. I would say anyone arrested should be able to ask for help and get it and have that used (assuming that they go thought some process) to help them expunge the charges.

And the reason I want it to be kept illegal is for that very reason. It is NOT about empowerment it is about the degradation of woman and objects: PERIOD.


I have known women that were forced into it and it was only when they got arrested they finally asked for help and got it.

Only thing about that is degradation doesn't have to happen via prostitution. It happens with dating/sex, marriage/sex.

Sex via love or Sex for the sake of sex... both are real and doesn't have to be about degradation of the person.

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