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Prostitution-free zones are areas in which police have probable cause to believe a person committed prostitution. Offenders could be banned from the zone for 12- 18 month period. In 2007, Mayor Tom Potter allowed Portland's Prostitution Free Zone ordinances to sunset after determining that the law was ineffective. In recent months, neighbors of the Montavilla neighborhood have begun organizing to push for its reinstatement.
We spoke with Crystal and Lily. Crystal Tenty of the Portland Women’s Crisis Line and coordinator of the Sex Workers Outreach Coalition. Lily is a member of SWOC and a sex worker.
We also spoke with Rachel West of the US Prostitutes Collective and who was a member of the San Francisco Task Force on Prostitution.