Warren says she's open to decriminalizing sex work

Warren says she's open to decriminalizing sex work
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2020 hopeful Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Biden leads 2020 Democratic field by 15 points, followed by Sanders and Warren Warren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission MORE (D-Mass.) said she is open to decriminalizing sex work, according to a statement shared with Dave Weigel of the The Washington Post.

“I’m open to decriminalization. Sex workers, like all workers, deserve autonomy but they are particularly vulnerable to physical and financial abuse and hardship,” Warren said in the statement.

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“We need to make sure that we don’t undermine legal protections for the most vulnerable, including the millions of individuals who are victims of human trafficking each year."  

Warren has previously voted to ban websites used by sex workers to screen clients. She has also introduced legislation that would put pressure on banks to close the accounts of a person suspected of engaging in human trafficking, HuffPost reported. 

Warren joins other 2020 candidates in announcing her support for decriminalization, like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D). Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardPolitician targeted by Puerto Rican governor responds: 'This is an attack on all women' Puerto Ricans block major highway in protest of governor New CBS poll shows Biden with 7-point lead in New Hampshire MORE (D-Hawaii), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBooker takes swipe at Biden criminal justice reform plan Democrats, advocacy groups urge Pompeo to abolish new 'unalienable rights' commission Biden announces plan to counteract mass incarceration MORE, Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonHouse lawmakers introduce bill to help those struggling with student debt Stanley McChrystal endorses Moulton for president 2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally MORE (D-Mass.) and former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel (D) have also supported decriminalizing sex work, according to Buzzfeed News.