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Bill to legalize prostitution reintroduced in the state legislature

ByASSOCIATED PRESSJUN 2, 2020 New York State would legalize the buying and selling of sex under a proposal reintroduced in the state Legislature that would lift criminal penalties for sex work.

The bill was announced Monday, but is not expected to get a vote before the Democrat-led Senate and Assembly plan to adjourn for the year next week.

Supporters say criminal penalties for prostitution have not worked, and that legalization would improve sex worker safety while reducing trafficking and exploitation.