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Bonus Episode: Christen Price

In this bonus edition of The Balanced Voice we discuss an upcoming Nevada lawsuit with Legal Council for The National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Christen Price. In this case human trafficking victim, Bekah Charleston sues the state of Nevada. Bekah was trafficked through the legal brothel system in Nevada and has now brought a lawsuit against Nevada that argues that the legalization of brothels and prostitution puts the state in violation of the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The 13th amendment states:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Nevada is the only state with legalized prostitution and brothel systems and currently has 63% higher rates of an illegal sex trade than any other state in the nation and less than 10% of the prostitution happening in Nevada is legal. The argument of this case is that “Nevada’s prostitution scheme, including the way it is promoted and advertised, conflicts with tough federal laws that ban sex trafficking and taking women across state lines for purposes of prostituting them as well as the Thirteenth Amendment’s ban on any form of involuntary servitude upon which the federal anti-trafficking law is grounded.”-NCOSE via

More about Christen Price:

“In her role at NCOSE, Christen works to influence courts and legislatures toward protecting human dignity and equality on behalf of sexual exploitation survivors, through legislative advocacy, litigation, and providing support to other attorneys, particularly with respect to sex trafficking, prostitution, child sexual abuse, and pornography. Prior to joining NCOSE in 2020, her human rights focus was on conscience protections as Legal Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom for over four years, where she specialized in First Amendment law.”-National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

Read Christen’s full bio here.

Follow the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to see more of Christen's work in action:

Twitter: @ncose

Instagram: @endexploitation

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