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 WarrenWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Warren avoids attacks while building momentum Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt 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 GabbardAnalysis: 2020 digital spending vastly outpaces TV ads Sanders searches for answers amid Warren steamroller Kavanaugh book author on impeachment calls: 'That's not our determination to make' MORE (D-Hawaii), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerIowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE, Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Mass.) and former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel (D) have also supported decriminalizing sex work, according to Buzzfeed News.