2. Sex work is a real job, especially for many Black trans women

There’s currently a burgeoning movement around the country to decriminalize sex work and for good reason. The movement would play a major part in the safety of trans women just like Candy.

According to a 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey Report, 19 percent of trans folks and 47 percent of Black trans women have engaged in sex work. The reasons for such high numbers include employment and housing discrimination, poverty, rejection from family and more.

Sex work between consenting adults is made more riskier when it’s criminalized. Instances of rape, violence or mistreatment can rarely be reported by trans sex workers because of fear of arrest or punishment.

Just imagine all the safety networks that can be put in place if sex work was decriminalized. Maybe people like Candy would still be alive.

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