HD.2200: An Act to Promote the Health and Safety of People in the Sex Trade

  • Section 1 of the bill demands striking out the language in Section 53 of Chapter 272 of General Laws: “Common night walkers, common street walkers, both male and female.”

  • Section 2 demands the repeal of Section 53 subsections (a) and (b)

  • Section  3 demands the repeal of Section 8 of Chapter 272: “Whoever solicits or receives compensation for soliciting for a prostitute shall be punished by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than 2 and one-half years, or by a fine of not less than $1,000 and not more than $5,000 or by both such imprisonment and fine.”

  • Section 4 demands the repeal of Section 62 of Chapter 272: “If a complaint charges a person with being a common nightwalker, and it is proved at the trial that such person has been twice before convicted of the same offence, such person may be sentenced to the house of correction for not more than two and one half years or if a male, to the Massachusetts reformatory, or if a female, to the reformatory for women.”

  • Section 5 demands to strike the text in Section 100E of Chapter 276 (SEARCH WARRANTS, REWARDS, FUGITIVES FROM JUSTICE, ARREST, EXAMINATION, COMMITMENT AND BAIL. PROBATION OFFICERS AND BOARD OF PROBATION) and replace it. Section 100E: Definitions applicable to Secs. 100E through 100U. The state defines these terms and then punishes accordingly.

In summary: Legalize sex work so that people can perform labor without outdated consequences.