San Francisco Decriminalization of Prostitution, Measure K (November 2008)

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A San Francisco Decriminalization of Prostitution, Measure K ballot question was on the November 4, 2008 ballot in San Francisco, California, where it was defeated.[1]

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.

Election results

Proposition K
Defeatedd No202,23559.06%
Yes 140,185 40.94%
These final, certified, results are from the San Francisco elections office.

Ballot question

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?"[2]

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.

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  1. S.F. rejects prostitution, energy measures, San Francisco Chronicle, November 5, 2008
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.