ESPLERP filed for a rehearing before the full 9th circuit on January 31, wanting the court to subject the studies it cited to a higher standard of review. Photo courtesy of Maxine Doogan Maxine Doogan, founder of ESPLERP, says that denying sex workers equal protection under the law has led directly to abuse by police and other authorities, and that she and other people in the industry cannot report actual cases of forced trafficking without fearing arrest themselves.
And so that just gives license for anybody to do anything to us that they want at any time, and get away with it. But according to independent scholars in the field, the majority of the publications cited in the opposition brief have not only been debunked, but also discredited in the Canadian Supreme Court during cross-examination.
Burns, who herself was sex trafficked as a child, has lobbied extensively for legislative amendments in Alaska. She helped push through bills at the state and county level to allow immunity for sex workers reporting a crime, and hopes Alaska legislators will place priority on the proposed measure to make it illegal for police to sexually penetrate someone they were investigating. She describes one charging document where a police officer paid for a hand job at a massage parlor. The Alaska Department of Law as well as the Anchorage police continue to oppose the no-sexual-contact bill, and it has stalled for almost a year.
Before the gag rule was overturned, he was asked to sign the pledge in order to conduct an academic literature review for the National Institute of Justice. More recent examples include University of Nevada researcher Barbara Brent, who was part of a task force developing a trafficking education program for first responders in Nevada. In an email to The Crime Report, she wrote: Priceless Alaska , a Christian anti- trafficking organization that works closely with law enforcement, engages a team of volunteer mentors to work with trafficking victims.
By way of preparation, mentors receive a three-day training. Last year, Covenant House worked with Loyola University to produce a multi-city report on forced labor and sex trafficking. The report claims that one in every 5 homeless youth are victims of human trafficking. In Anchorage, that number was even higher: In , following the national trend, Alaska created the Special Crimes Investigation Unit, which is devoted to finding and rescuing juveniles who are being trafficked for commercial sex.
One was a dancer charged with sex trafficking herself, according to records Burns obtained. Another was Amber Batts, the owner of the online escort service Sensual Alaska. Prosecutors were unable to charge her with force, fraud, or coercion, since people were working for the service of their own free will— but they still convicted her on charges of 2nd degree sex trafficking. She was sentenced to five years in prison. Escalante described being shocked to learn that a woman can be charged with sex trafficking in Alaska for a consensual act—even when she is working independently.
In the first case, she said the FBI told her there was not enough evidence. Gascon can view them here. He was killed by other officers after ambushing an Anchorage cop in his patrol car.
His gun has been linked to five homicides in July and August in the Alaska city.