A Republican congresswoman on Friday slammed New York’s Democratic leadership following a newspaper article about street prostitution apparently rampant in the Brooklyn neighborhood.
“New York Democrats claim to be women’s champions,” United States Representative Nicole Malliotakis of Staten Island, the only GOP member of Congress, wrote on Twitter, “and then create degrading policies like this that allow them to be exploited and trafficked, while simultaneously destroying the quality of life in our city. Is this their idea of job creation? “
Malliotakis was referring to a policy change earlier this year in which city cops were asked to no longer arrest people who appeared to be loitering for the purpose of prostitution. The directive followed the repeal of a decades-old New York state law that critics said discriminated against women, minorities and transgender people, the Post reported.
She was also reacting to a Twitter post by New York State Assembly Member Mike Tannousis, a Republican from Brooklyn, who wrote that he opposed the repeal of the state law. of New York on “loitering for the purpose of prostitution”, fearing that the result would be more street prostitution.
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After changes in state law and city police policy, prostitutes and their clients began appearing in New York’s East Brooklyn neighborhood, mostly on Friday and Saturday nights, the newspaper reported. .
For an article published Thursday, the Post included numerous photos of women walking the streets of the neighborhood, approaching cars while wearing little more than lingerie and high heels.
Law enforcement in the region appeared to be almost non-existent, the newspaper reported.
Other New York Republicans calling for a crackdown on street prostitution included Curtis Sliwa, the longtime leader of the anti-crime group Guardian Angels, who recently won the GOP nomination in the New City race. York to replace outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio, a so-called Democrat.
“It has become a near red light district,” Sliwa said of the Brooklyn neighborhood, according to the Post.
“I grew up here,” he continued. “I still know some of the people who reside here, and they shouldn’t have to put up with a red light district running in their backyards.”
Some New York Democrats, including U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have spoken out in favor of sex workers.
“Sex work is work,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter last December after a paramedic was criticized for trying to earn extra money through the online site OnlyFans, where many people publish bold content.
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Malliotakis hit back at Ocasio-Cortez in an April article – after the Manhattan district attorney announced his intention to no longer prosecute prostitution-related offenses.
“How derogatory it is for @AOC to marginalize women and say ‘sex work is work’,” Malliotakis wrote. “She is proud to kill jobs that offer women real economic opportunities, but supports prostitution which erodes the quality of life and encourages more sex trafficking.”
In 2019, Ocasio-Cortez was part of a group of Democrats in Washington supporting the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act, which called for researching whether eliminating sex workers from online sites would force them to adopt riskier ways to earn money. money from sex work.
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Malliotakis, 40, is a former New York state lawmaker who is currently serving her first term in Congress after being elected last November, ousting an outgoing Democrat in New York’s 11th Congressional District.
In other tweets on Saturday, Malliotakis lamented the growing number of illegal crossings at the US-Mexico border; lambasted Black Lives Matter as being hypocritical for opposing the police in the United States but praising the brutal Communist regime in Cuba; and criticized “Cuomo & de Blasio’s New York” after an assault suspect in New York’s Queens neighborhood reportedly had 90 previous arrests.
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