NYC Budgets Over .1 Million to Support Sex Workers, But What Does ‘Support’ Mean?
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NYC Budgets Over $4.1 Million to Support Sex Workers, But What Does ‘Support’ Mean?

Amidst the controversy surrounding the decision to cut $1 billion in funding from the NYPD, one thing went virtually unnoticed when the City Council passed a budget last month: Some $4.1 million was dedicated to “support people involved in the sex trade,” according to a line buried in the press release.

New York City has been a hotbed of debate about the policing of sex work. While a growing number of progressive politicians have embraced the movement to completely decriminalize it, City Council speaker Corey Johnson has broken from the trend, arguing that clients of sex workers should be prosecuted. A closer look at how exactly the $4.1 million will be allocated reveals that it will go to organizations that are at odds with each other about how sex work should be…

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