Have another reason to not like Arizona despite some of the cool people who call it home.
Been keeping an eye on the ongoing case of ASU student Monica Jones, who was accosted on the street while walking in her Phoenix neighborhood during a sting operation and charged with ‘manifestation of intent to prostitute’ the very night after she spoke at a May 2013 rally denouncing Project ROSE. .
Project ROSE is a program created with 15 partner organizations including the Phoenix Police Department with the goal of avoiding filing charges against adults engaged in prostitution, providing an opportunity for medical and social services and assistance in helping them exit the life of prostitution if they choose.
In practice, the program and its profiled prostitution sweeps target trans, SGL and low income women far too often and has a 30% success rate, the same rate as a woman who goes before a judge and hasn’t gone through the unjust Catholic Charities supported program.Jones believes she was unfairly targeted for arrest because of her outspoken criticism of Project ROSE. A Change.org petitionwas created urging the Phoenix city prosecutor to drop the charges against her..
And they trying to throw her into a goddamn mens prison. FUCK the judge FUCK the poilice, FUCK the catholic charities, FUCK Project ROSE and ALLLLLL its partners. She is appealing. Keep her in your thoughts.
Why Fuck Project Rose? It seems to be a good program.
Also, what is ‘manifestation of intent to prostitute’? “Well, she was wearing prostitutish clothes and walking down the street so…”
Because Project Rose is a Catholic organization—being funded by tax dollars because that’s constitutional and all—that’s been arresting sex workers with the intent of saving their souls. And Jones wasn’t actually arrested for manifestation of intent to prostitute. That may have been what she was charged with but she was arrested for speaking out against Project Rose. Which is not ok.
At least in my city, manifestation of intent to prostitute means someone isn’t actively looking for johns (that would be intent to prostitute, to get charged for prostitution you have to have accepted payment for sex or agreed on it), but the police think they MIGHT be looking for johns. It’s really fucked up. A lot of black women here get arrested for manifestation of intent to prostitute simply for being on the streets with condoms on their person. And yeah, it’s usually women of color because these laws are racist and sexist as hell.
If this works differently in Pheonix, someone please tell me, but with Arizona’s penchant for racial profiling it seems like it’d be similar.