SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that aimed to legalize prostitution in California.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that the relationship between a prostitute and a client is not an intimate association protected by the U.S. Constitution.READ MORE: Torrance Woman Arrested In Mistaken ID Revenge Murder Of NorCal Rapper
A three-judge panel of the court ruled that California had legitimate reasons for criminalizing prostitution, including discouraging human trafficking and violence against women. The judges upheld a lower-court ruling.READ MORE: Mother-Daughter Team Win Decade-Long Battle To Bring Sidewalks To San Bernardino County Community Of Muscoy
The decision came in a lawsuit against several California district attorneys and the state’s attorney general. It was filed in 2015 by a San Francisco-based group that includes former sex workers.
An email to an attorney for the group wasn’t immediately returned.MORE NEWS: UCLA Basketball Star Johnny Juzang Declares For NBA Draft, But Intends To Retain Collegiate Eligibility
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