Four members of the Erotic Service Providers Union are asking to meet with Gov. Jerry Brown to deliver a petition with 24,000 signatures in support of decriminalizing sex work.
The governor signed more than half a dozen bills this past legislative session including measures to decriminalize prostitution for minors and increase court protections for children and young adults swept into the sex trade. But sex workers said efforts to combat human trafficking do not help and can hurt everyday workers making a living in the business.
"Our population live in California, and we deserve to be represented, and we want our voices heard," said Maxine Doogan, founder of the union. "We know that there are lots of pieces of legislation that are proposed and passed on our behalf every year calling us victims or criminals, and in fact, we are legitimate workers."