A recent vote by the California Victims of Crime Compensation Board will allow persons engaging in sex work to seek compensation from the state if they are victimized by crime. This type of request was previously prohibited by the board, and although it seems highly controversial, there are some logical reasons for the decision. It is widely known that many women who act as sex workers are actually victims in the larger criminal scheme of sex trafficking or sex slavery. The move by the board intends to address this issue by allowing women (or men) who have been forced into prostitution to have the same rights as other victims of crime. This decision sets a precedent for those show may engage in criminal activity themselves (which usually bars victim compensation) but do so at no fault of their own. The board issued this decision after a unanimous vote on the matter and has thus effectively overruled California Code of Regulations Rule 649.56 which formerly precluded this type of compensation.
For more information visit http://vcgcb.ca.gov/victims/