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Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


American Studies

Reader 1

Julia Liss

Reader 2

Mark Golub

Reader 3

Todd Honma

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This thesis analyzes New York City's legal responses to sex work from 1994-2020, by tracing the rhetoric and consequences of quality-of-life policing, the Human Trafficking Intervention Courts, and the newly formed coalition Decrim NY, which seeks to decriminalize sex work in New York City. The paper argues for a turn away from the rigid dichotomy between victimization and criminalization, and for a rhetorical and political turn towards the prison abolitionist possibilities of decriminalization.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.