Activists, lawmakers mount fresh push to decriminalize sex work in New York

Activists and state lawmakers traveled to Albany on May 15 to inject new momentum into a legislative campaign to comprehensively decriminalize sex work in New York State.

DecrimNY, which launched in 2019 to decriminalize, decarcerate and destigmatize sex work in New York, joined elected officials and other organizations — including Make the Road New York and the Caribbean Equality Project — at a well-attended rally at the New York State Capitol building. The advocates called on the state to pass the Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act, which would remove criminal penalties for sex workers, consumers, and those who provide the space for sex work.