Project RAISE – Jail or Jesus?

Posted by admin on March 9th, 2013

Church members, law enforcement, and social service agencies came together last night at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church to stage a sting, which resulted in the arrest of 13 sex workers. Only four of the thirteen arrested qualified to participate in the three month diversion program that, if completed, would allow their charges to be dismissed.

Project Raise has admirable goals in terms of helping workers have happy, healthy lives but their means – partnering with law enforcement to arrest sex workers — is the worst way to accomplish their stated goals. An arrest, even without a conviction, can stay on the record for decades making employment impossible.