New York State legislators have introduced a bill that would decriminalize sex work and repeal statutes that prohibit the buying and selling of sex between adults.
Advocacy group DecrimNY.org is the driving force behind the bill, sponsored by state senators Jessica Ramos and Julia Salazar. Five other senators also introduced a companion bill into the state Assembly.
The bill modifies laws around facilities that are used as places of prostitution, according to one report , and would legalize the buying and selling of sex under certain circumstances.
Ramos and Salazar stress their bill protects LGBTQ youth, living on the street, who have been found to trade sex at higher rates than of other youths, and undocumented immigrants, who make up the largest group arrested in massage parlor raids.
Every worker in New York and beyond has an inherent right to a safe workplace environment no matter what work they do. We are here to affirm sex work is work, said Ramos during a news conference.
The Daily Star has stopped featuring topless glamour pictures. In a statement, the newspaper's editor Jonathan Clark explained that it had been testing out a new strategy for its Page 3 format since 2 April.
We've listened to reader feedback and are currently trialing a covered-up version of Page 3.
The publication will continue to have a page dedicated to featuring young women, but they will appear in either lingerie or swimwear as opposed to being topless.
The newspaper's announcement comes four years after The Sun abolished its Page 3 Girl feature, something it had maintained for 40 years.