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January 30, 2015 at 5:01 PM

Sex-worker activists frustrated they couldn’t testify in Olympia

OLYMPIA — Transgender and sex-worker activists opposing a bill to increase punishments for people soliciting prostitutes are frustrated they weren’t allow to testify last week in a committee hearing. Seattle-based Gender Justice League (GJL) and Sex Workers Outreach Project signed up Jan. 22 to speak against SB 5277, which would elevate the crime of soliciting a…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: gender justice league, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Mike Padden

March 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Lawmakers say human traffickers must register as sex offenders

Washington would become the first state to require human traffickers to register as sex offenders, according to the prime sponsor of a bill that won unanimous approval Wednesday in the state Senate. The bill, which earlier gained passage in the House, now goes to the governor’s desk. House Bill 1791  designates the crime of human trafficking in…

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