While Senator Barack Obama rejects prostitution and trafficking as an abuse of human rights,  San Francisco voters are being urged to make our city a sanctuary for pimps and traffickers.
What we have to do is to create better, more effective tools for prosecuting those who are engaging in human trafficking and we have to do that within our country. Sadly, there are thousands who are trapped in various forms of enslavement, here in our country - oftentimes young women who are caught up in prostitution. So we've got to give prosecutors the tools to crack down on these human trafficking networks. Internationally, we've got to speak out and we've got to forge alliances with other countries to share intelligence, to roll up the financing networks that are involved in them. It is a debasement of our common humanity, whenever we see something like that taking place.
~ Senator Barack Obama

I exploited my body and gave myself to any man who wanted a piece. It was a vicious lifestyle. What these men don't know -- or maybe what they DO know -- is that prostitutes or streetwalkers or "happy hookers" are women with a deep sense of pain. Most have been abused in unimaginable ways.
~ Brenda Myers-Powell

Proposition K conceals the inhumane nature of prostitution and cripples the efforts of law enforcement, human rights groups and social service agencies to assist those who seek escape from sex-traffickers.
~ Kamala Harris, SF District Attorney

..there is nothing broad-minded about looking the other way when 14-year-old girls and boys sell themselves on the street and massage parlors are staffed by women who are being held against their will. These are not consenting adults.
~ Debra Saunders
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Prostitution is not a victimless crime, and those in it do not enjoy prostitution.  Here are some articles that describe what is wrong with decriminalization for those in it, and which summarize some of the racist and sexist violence aimed at those who are most vulnerable among us.
Opponents of Prop K contend that decriminalizing Prostitution in San Francisco will not increase human trafficking. However, many experts who work with women in and out of prostitution from the District Attorney’s office, to social services, to educators/researchers, to survivors, say that this particular model of “decriminalizing” will be like “rolling out the red carpet for pimps and traffickers.”
Proponents of Prop K say that since the California legislation to end human trafficking was passed, their have been no convictions for human trafficking. There have been convictions. And many of these cases have gone to federal prosecutors because of the work done by local San Francisco advocates and enforcement.
Organizations in San Francisco will be deeply impacted should Prop K pass. Please support your local organizations that are committed to ending violence in our communities by voting NO On Prop K.