Sex Worker Know Your Rights: Criminal Law


The sex industry has been in existence throughout known history and prostitution is often referred to as “the world’s oldest profession.” Sex workers vary widely by gender, sexual orientation, race, class, and motivation. Some work indoors, others on the street; some work independently while others have managers, support staff, or work in groups. Anti-sex work laws are not enforced consistently against any sex workers except for the most visible, those working on the street, and those most marginalized and vulnerable, including women of color, transgender women, and immigrant women.1

  1. The San Francisco Task Force on Prostitution: Final Report, The San Francisco Task Force on Prostitution,, Last visited June 13, 2014.