Prostitutes in New Orleans are being categorized as “sex offenders.” What the fucking fuck?
I understand police wanting to cut down on prostitution; in a system where it’s not legal, it’s generally unsafe, and you want to disincentivize unsafe behaviour. (Of course, legalizing it would be simpler and safer all around, but God would get angry at you if you do that, apparently, so that’s off the table.) But there’s simply no way to characterize this method of action as anything other than incredibly cruel: jumping up the charge for prostitution from misdemeanour to felony alone has any number of horrible legal ramifications for those charged, and that’s before you get into the (often expensive) complications of being a registered sex offender, a classification invented to deal with the dangers posed by pedophiles and rapists rather than poor women who had to suck somebody’s dick so they could pay their rent.
And on top of that, there’s this abomination:
“The way Louisiana’s habitual offender law works, if you challenge your sentence in court and lose, and it’s a third offense, the mandatory minimum is 20 years. The maximum is life,” he explained.
So on top of the horrible abuse of law to make life worse for people who apparently didn’t have it bad enough already, let’s make it essentially impossible for them to challenge their unjust sentence. Way to go, Louisiana.