The following op-ed by ACLU-WV Policy Director Eli Baumwell appears in today's edition of the Charleston Gazatte-Mail.


West Virginia Sen. Mike Maroney, R-Marshall, has been in the news this week because he was implicated as a buyer, or “john,” in a prostitution arrest for the second time in just under a year.

What a shame.

What a shame our police and government waste time and resources on the activities of consenting adults. What a shame we accept as normal the egregious invasions of privacy that allowed these arrests to happen. What a shame we continue to enforce laws like these that hurt poor and marginalized communities the most. What a shame this is distracting from issues that really matter.

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The new ACLU study on legalizing sex work can be found here: