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Locations of Likely Human Trafficking Cases in the U.S. via Polaris

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Fully decriminalizing the sex trade in Washington, D.C. would increase the risk of sex trafficking
Brad Myles, CEO of Polaris

Proponents of legislation headed for hearing before the D.C. Council in mid-October would have you believe that the question of how to handle the sex trade in our city is a binary one: Either you decriminalize sex work, or you don’t. Period.

That’s no accident. Even the name of the bill – the “Community Safety and Health Amendment Act” – is designed to send this misleading message. The reality is far more complicated. This bill does not solely decriminalize sex work in an attempt to help keep people in prostitution safer. It also repeals crimes related to pimping, brothel-keeping, and sex buying, on the grounds that people in prostitution should not have their livelihoods interfered with in any way. In doing so, it increases the risk of sex trafficking for vulnerable people in the District.

Here’s the more complicated, honest version. The sex trade in DC is heterogeneous – a market ecosystem involving many different actors and impacting tens of thousands of lives. Some people are in the sex trade out of intentional choice. They exist, but it is a minority of the trade. Some of the most marginalized and vulnerable members of our society are exploited in the sex trade, or get involved out of desperation and lack of other options. Read More

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From a press release:

“Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO) will zoom into Washington D.C. on Wednesday, stopping outside the United States Capitol with its XP-1 test pod as part of its national road show to introduce the promise of hyperloop technology to people across the United States, and give them the chance to see it up close.

Members of the United States House and Senate will be in attendance and will speak on the future of hyperloop technology in the United States at 8:00am ET.

LOCATION: Below the West Front of the United States Capitol Building Maryland Ave, SW

BACKGROUND: Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

This weekend is the 3rd annual Best in Shaw Dog Show, which we have participated in each of the last two years. It has been a fun, community event and raises money for a good cause.

That is why it was disappointing to see the organizers recently announced that this year’s event will feature former Trump administration official Omarosa Manigault Newman as a “celebrity judge.” Read More

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Photo by Bless this Jess

Jess reports around 8:30am:

“Climate change protesters heading up 12th from Penn Ave, made turn on G st toward the White House.”

From AlertDC:

“MPD reports the Demonstrators are northbound on 12th Street at E Street NW. MPD is on scene with the rolling road closures. Continue to follow police direction.”

Update from AlertDC at 8:55am:

“MPD reports the demonstrators are stationary at 13th and K Streets NW. Rolling road closures are continuing. Please follow police direction.”

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“The Bowser Administration is currently monitoring first amendment activities planned by local climate change organizations for Monday, September 23, 2019. The groups have planned first-amendment protected events on Monday to potentially include the intentional disruption of traffic on high-volume roadways around the District. Although we are unaware of specific locations that will be impacted, there is the potential for traffic delays and disruptions throughout the District. Read More

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