It's no secret that a criminal conviction can follow one through life and make life more difficult. But some of the hardest convictions to get beyond are those with some sort of sex involved. Like prostitution. Even if you were forced into it.
Turns out, Nevada lawmakers recognize this fact. So they've introduced a law that would allow sex workers to have prostitution convictions expunged from their record.
It's called AB6, and it focuses mainly on men and women who were victimized by sex traffickers. Assemblyman John Hambrick, D-Las Vegas, told the Assembly’s Committee of the Judiciary this law would require victims to petition the court, but that's it.
“There would not be a plea bargain or false testimony to turn in someone or snitch on someone,” Hambrick said.
Julie Janovsky, senior policy specialist for Polaris Project, an advocacy group involved with ending human trafficking, said former sex workers are terrified of background checks. “How do they defend (that) they were convicted for prostitution?” she asked the committee.
And we're with them. No one should be denied the right to recover from trauma.