Last week, 17 women arrested in Honolulu massage parlour stings were charged with fourth degree sexual assault. Classifying routine massage parlor acts as “sexual assault” is not only blatantly inaccurate — it also constructs a group at high risk of victimization as perpetrators. More information about the issue can be found here.

Community-based organizations and over 100 individuals have signed onto a letter urging Kaneshiro to drop charges and refrain from prosecuting prostitution-related offenses as sexual assault.

Press Release

CBO Letter Regarding Prosecution of Prostitution-Related Offenses as “4th Degree Sexual Assault”