How $40 can land you in prison and on the sex offender registry

In a thought-provoking piece for Truth-out, Victoria Law details the harsh punishment meted out to those caught in the draconian web of U.S. sex trafficking laws.

The danger of sex trafficking has become a rallying cry for law enforcement, prosecutors and politicians. Furthermore, sex work and sex trafficking are often conflated, aided by inflated (and wrong) statistics and sensationalized stories, and reflected in laws that fail to distinguish sex work from trafficking. When minors are involved, prosecutors and courts come down especially hard. But in the rush to “save” people, little attention is paid to sex workers swept into the dragnet of these laws — and then subject to prison and a lifetime of punishment.

Read the full article at Truth-out.