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Decriminalize Sex Work – Ariela Moscowitz

Decriminalize Sex Work – Ariela Moscowitz

Exploring Decriminalization and its Impact on Sex Work and Sex Trafficking with DSW's communications director.

Sex work is a complex and multifaceted topic that is often surrounded by stigma and misconceptions. For many people, the idea of selling sex is morally reprehensible, and they believe that it should be illegal. However, there is a growing movement that argues that current laws often do more harm than good. Our guest, Ariela Moscowitz, is a passionate advocate for the rights of those involved in consensual adult sex work. Her work for the organization Decriminalizing Sex Work (DSW) functions to create a better future for sex workers and end sex trafficking.

This episode will provide an eye-opening exploration of the importance of decriminalizing sex work and its potential to improve the lives of countless individuals. We will have an open and honest discussion about the industry and the impact of current laws on sex workers and sex trafficking victims. Join us as we tackle this important topic. Together, we can work to make a safer, healthier, and better society for all.

“Decriminalizing sex work does not lead to a proliferation of folks engaging in sex work or trafficking in any way. On the contrary, decriminalization promotes health and safety, and we need to be realistic about that.”

Ariela Moscowitz is communications director at Decriminalize Sex Work (DSW), national organization pursuing a state-by-state strategy to end the prohibition of consensual adult prostitution in the United States. DSW works with local organizations, advocates, and lobbyists to build community support and convince legislators to decriminalize consensual adult sex work in an effort to end human trafficking, improve public health, and promote community safety. Ariela has a long history of working with marginalized groups and “a particular interest in working to promote access to justice for those who might otherwise be denied it.” She has worked at domestic violence shelters in Burlington, VT, and Miami, FL, in various capacities, and lived in Philadelphia, PA, for several years where she worked with unhoused women and children. She joined DSW from Americans for Immigrant Justice, a non-profit law firm based in Miami, dedicated to protecting the human and legal rights of immigrants. Ariela currently resides in Miami with her son.

Show notes:

  • About the organization Decriminalize Sex Work

  • What is sex trafficking?

  • How decriminalization will help end sex trafficking

  • The problem with “supply and demand”

  • The entrapment and “end demand” models for laws

  • Progress against the war on sex

  • An acceptable form of discrimination in this country

  • Decriminalization to improve folks' lives

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