The decriminalization of sex work is a pet near-legal-obsession of mine. Because I think it’s absolutely unconscionable that the government restricts women’s (and others’) ability to condition consent to sexual activity on payment, I’m offering pro bono representation to women (and others) charged with prostitution in Polk County, Iowa.
sentencing for aggravated misdemeanors)
I’ve spent two years as a prostitute in a legal brothel (and a few years as a stripper) and I loved my job. I’m more familiar with the realities of sex work than the lay person is. I support your choices and your bodily autonomy and I promise not to make you “feel like a criminal.” I not only “get it,” but I’m agitated that you’re being charged and I want to look for any possible legal way to get evidence suppressed in your case or otherwise get your case dismissed. Prostitution shouldn’t be considered a crime and I don’t want you to be convicted of it or punished for placing conditions on your exercise of sexuality that “the Man” doesn’t like.
I took a contract with the State Public Defender’s office to offer services to indigent clients, but when I called them to ask about offering prostitution representation pro bono, I was told that they’re unable to coordinate representation by case type like this. Therefore, I’m putting up a post myself. If you’ve been charged with prostitution in Polk County, Iowa, and you’re stressing about coming up with a way to pay an attorney, get in touch.
This is just for pretrial representation — most cases don’t go to trial and we’ll have to talk about a plan for what we’ll do financially (and otherwise) if your case does go to trial. I’m not prepared to say I *won’t* take any trials on a pro bono basis, but at the same time, I do have a limited amount of time available to me and I can’t commit to a whole lot of trials. I can only handle so many cases at a time and the representation has to comport with Iowa attorney ethics rules, so please get in touch to find out whether I’m able to handle your case.
Please pass this post along so that anyone it’s relevant to will be able to find it easily. Our website is new and doesn’t tend to show up in Google or other searches easily, so unless someone charged with prostitution is told that this is available to them, they’re unlikely to stumble across the information.
I support you, and if I can help you, I will.
PS — if you’ve been charged or arrested or if you expect to be charged or arrested for an alleged offense, there are things you can do before you even call an attorney.