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DOJ Sues Tennessee Over Law That Gives Harsher Penalties to HIV-Positive Prostitutes

Posted on AllSides February 16th, 2024
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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the State of Tennessee and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Thursday alleging that the state’s aggravated prostitution statute discriminates against prostitutes with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Tennessee’s aggravated prostitution statute, which dates back to 1991, makes it a Class C felony when a person who is knowingly infected with HIV engages in sexual activity as a business, or seeks to be hired for sexual activity in a house of prostitution or public place. The DOJ alleges that the enforcement...

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