Nicole D. Hayes on Christians Led With Truth and Love While Opposing Washington’s Plans to Decriminalize Prostitution

Nicole D. Hayes, MPA, is area director for Washington D.C. Christian Medical & Dental Associations.

We prayed. Some of us made phone calls. Sent emails. Wrote a letter.

We all can do something with what we have.

Last month, the Christian Medical & Dental Associations of Washington, D.C., stood with other concerned citizens residing in and outside of our nation’s capital. We and CMDA’s Commission on Human Trafficking, responded against a bill proposed by the D.C. City Council that would decriminalize prostitution.

The bill, cited as The Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019, sought to improve community safety and health by removing criminal penalties for individuals 18 years of age and older who engaged in sex work voluntarily, without force or coercion.

The CMDA Washington, D.C. ministry contacted D.C. City Councilmembers with pragmatic and biblical responses in our concerns on why the bill should not be passed—largely that its passage would make D.C. a magnet for sex traffickers to prey upon and exploit the vulnerable, and would result in undue public health issues, violence, trauma, and other harms and the degradation of mostly women and children.

We learned on November 8th, that the bill did not have sufficient votes to be moved forward this year. We are pleased with this outcome.

Per my colleague and Chair of the CMDA Commission on Human Trafficking, Jeffrey J. Barrows, DO, MA, “The Washington D.C. City Council demonstrated wisdom by not moving forward with The Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019, thereby preventing the exposure of innumerable women and girls to the inevitable increased sexual exploitation that would have resulted if this legislation had passed into law.”

Read our news release here.

Personally, I was more shocked and disheartened that our public servants who serve as community stewards would promote such “wisdom” without truly preserving the most vulnerable from harm. Sadly, we’ve seen the damage resulting from the folly of man’s “wisdom.” As referenced in James 3:15, “Such ‘wisdom’ does not come down from heaven, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic (New International Version).”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Nicole D. Hayes

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