Project ROSE aims to change lives, traumatizes sex workers instead

Oct 15, 2014
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In April, almost a year after social work senior Monica Jones was arrested on suspicion of manifesting prostitution, a gavel banged in a courtroom full of supporters. After the judge announced Jones was guilty, she firmly decided to keep fighting for her case and sex workers’ rights.

“That’s who I am, and I will never stop advocating,” she said. “No matter if I have to do 30 days in jail, I’m still going to advocate for it.”

In May 2013, a day after protesting Project ROSE, a project led by the School of Social Work and Phoenix Police, Jones, a transwoman, was walking in a tight dress from her home to a nearby bar to meet with her friends.

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When she got in a car with a stranger that night, she didn’t know this decision would result in an arrest, a grueling trial and a sentence.

Jones also didn’t know that a year later, her courtroom would be full of many supporters while Project ROSE would receive attention from social rights organizations and national media, be scrutinized, torn to shreds and finally called “flawed.

By that fateful night, Jones had already been actively protesting the project. She said it was obvious to her it traumatizes sex workers and violates their rights and that its logic is wrong.

Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix, Arizona is the church where sex workers are taken after being detained and offered the “arrest-diversion” program. (Photo by Carly Traxler)

Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix, Arizona is the church where sex workers are taken after being detained and offered the “arrest-diversion” program. (Photo by Carly Traxler)

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[…] By that fateful night, Jones had already been actively protesting the project. She said it was obvious to …read more     […]

Jody
5 years ago

They are not doing this just in Phoenix. I knew there was a problem when I heard about this program forming. I contacted these people and offered to help. They refused. That tells me this is not about helping those who want out to get out but something else. Then I find out they using our name without our consent? I’ve sent out “cease and desist” letters – but they are ignoring the law. Just as they are ignoring the law across the board. I have “followed the money” and this all follows back to the right wing Christians. I’m… Read more »

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