Fourteenth Street in Washington, DC, used to be a hub for local sex workers.

Fourteenth Street in Washington, DC, used to be a hub for local sex workers.

A new D.C. bill would eliminate criminal penalties for local prostitution. By reducing the barriers for sex workers to report threats and screen clients, advocates say the bill will ultimately protect vulnerable Washingtonians from exploitation. But some who have survived that very exploitation argue that the proposal could make it harder to hold sex traffickers accountable for forced prostitution. Kojo discusses the issues with Washingtonians who have personal experience with the industry.


  • Tina Frundt Founder and Executive Director, Courtney's House; @courtneyshouse
  • Laya Monarez LGBTQ Activist and Artist, Former Sex Worker, Sex Workers' Action Coalition supporter

Why Language Matters In The Conversation About Sex Trafficking

Kids Can't Be "Prostitutes": How Language Shapes The Way We Address Child Sex Trafficking - The Kojo Nnamdi Show

When it comes to young people who are sexually exploited, language matters. On today's Kojo Nnamdi Show, Tina Frundt, Founder and Executive Director of Courtney's House, and Erin Cullen, D.C. Deputy Attorney General, Family Services Division, discussed their work to end child sex trafficking, and they mentioned a number of terms regularly misused by media ...

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