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Article posted Mar 03 2014, 12:49 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: Boing Boing Print

Phoenix cops arrest prostitutes, detain them without trial in churches, pressure them to take deals without access to lawyers

Cory Doctorow

Molly Crabapple sez, "I wrote this piece about a program in Phoenix called Project ROSE arrests sex workers in massive raids and brings them to a church, where they are held extra-judicially and offered alternative sentences without lawyers, judges, or due process."
Monica is a graduate of DIGNITY Diversion. Forced into this program by another prostitution arrest, Monica sat in a classroom from 8 AM to 4 PM, without food, while vice cops described girls overdosing on heroin. Jail was held over the heads of attendees until they finished the program, though many were going broke from their loss of sex-work income. Monica described the class as having the religious overtones of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. In keeping with the program's Catholicism, no condoms were provided. Neither was child care.

"I wasn't ashamed about being a sex worker. I kept bringing this up during the diversion program," Monica told me. "Girls would ask me why I didn't feel this way. Well, 'cause I don't. I have the right to my own body."

Catholic Charities requested that Monica leave early, fearing her influence on others.

Monica's trial is in March. The prisons she may be sentenced to are brutal. Arizona is the home of the notorious Tent City, an outdoor complex of bunks and razor wire, where prisoners' shoes melt from the relentless heat.
Project ROSE Is Arresting Sex Workers in Arizona to Save Their Souls





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dougo

Posted: Mar 03 2014, 2:44 PM

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170213 If one or two cops,proscutors,or judges are out of control [or minds] they all are.the pretense under which they act and their current actions prove that the U.S. judiciary is completely broken.this is not a great country because of the judiciary/govt/statest but in spite of it.most citizens are inherently good.most cops are not!
Marc v

Posted: Mar 03 2014, 9:00 PM

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11893 You Yanks are so out of touch. Here's a title from our local paper. 'A prostitute has won a landmark sexual harassment case against a Wellington brothel owner. Stop picking on the poor working girls.


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