Last Friday, Monica Jones was found guilty of prostitution-related charges despite efforts from her and the ACLU after being arrested in May of 2013 in a police sting operation in Phoenix, Arizona. The black transgender student and well-known sex work activist had not actually engaged in prostitution—she accepted a ride to a bar in her neighborhood from two men who revealed themselves to be undercover cops, but that didn’t matter.
See, under Phoenix law, people can be arrested for “repeatedly stopping and engaging a passerby in conversation” if a police officer suspects them of prostitution. Because people don’t normally carry giant signs that say “Sex Worker Currently Operating,” it all comes down to profiling. Unsurprisingly, trans women of color take the hardest hit, facing risk of arrest for simply chatting someone up repeatedly or even asking if someone is a police officer.
Jones, who pled not guilty and challenged the constitutionality of the “manifesting prostitution” law is now looking at time in a men’s jail, which is recklessly unsafe especially given the reputation of Arizona’s prison system.
"Sorry, too friendly, we made that be against the law so we could arrest whoever we wanted for no reason at all. Don’t worry! Like our ‘papers please’ initiative of racial profiling, it is just a law written as broadly & badly as possible so it can be used as a tool of oppression to silence dissent."
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