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A Republican Congressman slammed the New York Democratic leadership on Friday after a newspaper reported on what appeared to be rampant street prostitution in Brooklyn.
“The New York Democrats claim to be champions for women,” Staten Island MP Nicole Malliotakis, the city’s only GOP member in Congress, wrote on Twitter, “then they issue degrading guidelines like this one that encourages them make it possible to be exploited and traded, while at the same time destroying the quality of life in our city. Is that your idea of job creation? “
Malliotakis was referring to a policy change earlier this year advising city police officers not to arrest anyone who was loitering for the purpose of prostitution. The policy followed a repeal of a decade-old New York state law that critics identified as discriminatory against women, minority groups and transgender people, the Post reported.
She also responded to a Twitter post by New York State Representative Mike Tannousis, a Brooklyn Republican, who wrote that he was against repealing the New York State “Loitering for Prostitution” law for fear that the result would be more street prostitution.
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Following changes in state laws and the city’s police policy, prostitutes and their clients performed mostly on Friday and Saturday nights in Brooklyn’s East New York neighborhood, the newspaper reported.
For a story released Thursday, the Post contained numerous photos of women walking the neighborhood streets and approaching cars while wearing little more than lingerie and high heels.
Law enforcement in the area appeared to be next to nonexistent, the newspaper reported.
Other New York Republicans who have called for crackdown on street prostitution include Curtis Sliwa, longtime leader of the Guardian Angels anti-crime group, who recently dismissed the GOP nomination in New York’s race to replace outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio , Democrat won.
“It has become a quasi-red light district,” Sliwa said of the Brooklyn neighborhood, according to the Post.
“I grew up here,” he continued. “I still know some of the people who live here, and they shouldn’t have to put up with a red light district in their backyard.”
Some New York Democrats, including US MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have spoken out in defense of sex workers.
“Sex work is work,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter last December, after a paramedic was criticized for trying to make extra money through the online OnlyFans site, where many people post racy content.
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Malliotakis hit back on Ocasio-Cortez in one post in April after the Manhattan prosecutor announced that he would no longer prosecute prostitution offenses.
“How pejorative for @AOC to marginalize women and say ‘sex work is work’,” wrote Malliotakis. “She prides itself on killing jobs that give women real economic opportunities, but supports prostitution, which undermines quality of life and further encourages sex trafficking.”
In 2019, Ocasio-Cortez was part of a group of Washington Democrats who supported the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act, which was designed to investigate whether hooking sex workers from online sites would force them into riskier ways to earn money through sex work to earn.
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Malliotakis, 40, is a former New York state lawmaker who is now serving her first term in Congress after being elected last November and a reigning Democrat in November 11th.
In other tweets on Saturday Malliotakis complained about the increasing number of illegal border crossings on the US-Mexico border; called Black Lives Matter hypocritical for defying police in the US but praising Cuba’s brutal communist regime; and hit “Cuomo & de Blasio’s New York” after an alleged assault suspect was previously arrested in Queens 90, New York.