The rush to legalize prostitution
By Post Editorial Board 03/19/2021
In his other horrific idea on policing this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio jumped aboard the sex-work-decriminalization bandwagon. Legal prostitution: Just the thing to add more decay to the the city’s neighborhoods.
Sadly, he’s not alone. Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month signed off on a repeal of the law against “loitering for the purpose of prostitution,” which he said discriminated against transgender women and non-white sex workers. So now cops can’t do much about any streetwalkers.
Meanwhile, state lawmakers are pushing various new bills to soften or end penalties for prostitution. And new Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz is seeking to dismiss nearly 700 cases involving prostitution-related offenses.
We’re not opposed to thoughtful reform of these laws, but this bears all the hallmarks of the all-ideology, no-careful-consideration wave of criminal-justice “reform” that’s already reversing New York City’s historic quarter-century of progress.
It seems progressives won’t stop ’til they have the 1970s back.