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 WarrenJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall 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.

“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 GabbardBiden slams Puerto Rico governor over 'shameful' comments, backs protesters Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall MORE (D-Hawaii), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE, Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonStanley McChrystal endorses Moulton for president 2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally 2020 Democratic candidates rip Trump remarks at campaign rally MORE (D-Mass.) and former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel (D) have also supported decriminalizing sex work, according to Buzzfeed News.