Some days it really feels like we have lost control of not only the national security apparatus and the financial institutions in this country, but also the judicial system:
New Orleans city police and the district attorney’s office are using a state law written for child molesters to charge hundreds of sex workers like Tabitha as sex offenders. The law, which dates back to 1805, makes it a crime against nature to engage in “unnatural copulation”—a term New Orleans cops and the district attorney’s office have interpreted to mean anal or oral sex. Sex workers convicted of breaking this law are charged with felonies, issued longer jail sentences and forced to register as sex offenders. They must also carry a driver’s license with the label “sex offender” printed on it.
I forwarded this to Radley Balko, so hopefully he will be able to spread the word on this insanity. It really does feel like we are a third world nation some days. Our entire country just seems broken beyond repair, we have all gone so damned crazy.