San Francisco Decriminalization of Prostitution, Measure K (November 2008)
If Proposition K had been approved, it would have prohibited the San Francisco Police Department from providing resources to investigate and prosecute prostitution. It would also have prohibited the Police Department from applying for federal or state funds that involve racial profiling to target alleged trafficking victims.
- These final, certified, results are from the San Francisco elections office.
The question on the ballot:
|Proposition K: "Shall the City: stop enforcing laws against prostitution; stop funding or supporting the First Offender Prostitution Program or any similar anti-prostitution program; enforce existing criminal laws that prohibit crimes such as battery, extortion and rape, regardless of the victim's status as a sex worker; and fully disclose the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against sex workers?"|
Path to the ballot
Proposition K earned its spot on the ballot via the collection of signatures on initiative petitions. 7,168 signatures were required, which was 5% of the number of those who voted for the office of mayor in 2007.
- November 4, 2008 official San Francisco voter guide
- David Latterman's analysis of the November 2008 San Francisco local ballot measures
- San Francisco Prostitutes, Mayor Clash on Vote to Stop Arrests, Bloomberg.com, November 3, 2008
- Local Propwatch SAN FRANCISCO: Measure K - (Sorta) Legalizes Prostitution, Johnny California, November 3, 2008
- Sex workers take a stand on Measure K, KGO 7, October 22, 2008
- Background Information about San Francisco's Ballot Measure K, Polaris Project Action Center
- S.F. rejects prostitution, energy measures, San Francisco Chronicle, November 5, 2008