NO: Federal lawsuit challenges sex offender registration for prostitutes

Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 12:03 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 1:20 PM
By Laura Maggi, The Times-Picayune

People who must register as sex offenders because they were convicted of engaging in oral or anal sex for money filed a lawsuit against state officials last night, arguing the requirement is unconstitutional and discriminatory.

Only in Louisiana can people convicted of selling their bodies be required to register as a sex offender, according to the lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights. The plaintiffs include several women from New Orleans and the surrounding areas, as well as transgender women and a man.

The registration requirement only affects people prosecuted under the state’s crime against nature by soliciation law, which is used when a person is accused of engaging in oral or anal sex in exchange for money. People accused of prostitution, which includes any sex act, are not required to register. Continue reading

Craigslist clash over adult ads raises key issues

James Temple, Chronicle Staff Writer

Sunday, August 29, 2010
CEO Jim Buckmaster, above, faces criticism from politicia… CEO Jim Buckmaster faces criticism from politicians such …

Attorneys general in 18 states demanded that Craigslist remove its adult services section last week, the latest clash in a long-running conflict over online sexual ads that is likely to lead to a court battle, congressional debate or both, legal experts say.

“Eventually we’re going to see something,” said Jason Schultz, assistant professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law. “There has been political pressure building to try to pass new laws or to sue Craigslist criminally.” Continue reading

Canada: The new Prohibition

The new Prohibition

Steve Bosch/Postmedia News

The federal government announced new measures to combat organized crime like prostitution, illegal gambling and drug trafficking on Aug. 4, 2010.
Terence Corcoran, National Post · Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010

The Harper government, fresh from botching its alleged pander to the libertarian wing of the Conservative party with its voluntary census plan, appears to be having no problem steamrolling over the libertarian wing’s sensitivities on crime. In back-to-back performances this week, two Cabinet ministers invoked harsh tough-on-crime motives that show the Tories’ concern about individual rights to be a fleeting interest compared with their enthusiasm for escalating the bonkers American war on drugs, gambling and sex. Continue reading

Chicago: Cook County Sheriff Loses Craigslist “Erotic Services” Ads Case

October 21st, 2009
Legal Analysis by Matt Zimmerman

Yesterday, a federal court tossed a lawsuit against craigslist over erotic advertisements. In March, Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart alleged that craigslist was liable for the illegal ads posted by its users in its “erotic services” (now “adult services”) category. As craigslist argued in their motion for judgment on the pleadings, and as EFF and others pointed out at the time, Dart’s complaint had virtually no chance of success because Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act plainly immunized Internet intermediaries like craigslist from civil liability for material posted by third parties. Continue reading

Adult Entertainment Industry Aims To End Sex Records Law

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009

The $13 billion adult entertainment industry, photographers, artists and others plan to sue the U.S. government today challenging what they argue are unconstitutional and overly broad revisions to federal record-keeping law that were implemented just before the Bush administration left office.

The final age-verification rules stem from changes Congress made to federal child safety law in 2006 and took effect this year.

Under the law, which is intended to fight child pornography, creators of images and videos — both in print and on the Internet — are required to keep detailed records of content showing individuals engaged in sexual conduct and simulated sex acts. The obligation applies to “every single sexual image produced by anyone, no matter how innocuous,” said Michael Murray, an attorney for the Free Speech Coalition, which will file the case in a Philadelphia district court. Continue reading

Would closing down sites like Punter Net really make the sex industry safer?

Posted by Jerome Taylor
Wednesday, 30 September 2009 at 03:24 pm

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman called on California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today to close down a website where people who visit prostitutes in the UK can rate their experiences.

Other than the slightly crass nature of the headline grabbing soundbytes that she used (“Surely it can’t be too difficult for The Terminator to terminate PunterNet” was just one), there’s something else that bothers me about her demands.

At first glance her call for Arnie to shut down PunterNet (which I understand is hosted in the US but written by UK punters) appears a worthy cause. Continue reading

An open letter to Harriet Harman (Punternet’s response)

Dear Mrs. Harman,

I have a few points to make regarding your recent remarks regarding my website and your fantastic demand that the Governor of California close it down.

Firstly, PunterNet is not violating any laws. If it were, then surely the many websites catering to the US prostitution scene (where sex for pay is almost completely illegal) would already have been closed down.

In the USA, there is a concept called “freedom of speech” which is considered the most important personal right guaranteed by the Constitution. It exists specifically to prevent the sort of abuse of power that you are attempting. The Governor (indeed, even the President) has no authority with which to shut down a perfectly lawful enterprise such as PunterNet. Continue reading