Sunday, May 14, 2006
Federal Court Rules Foreign Grant Recipients Need Not Sign Anti-Prostitution Pledge Prior to Seeking Assistance
A federal district court judge in New York ruled Tuesday that the United States government cannot require foreign AIDS grant recipients to pledge to oppose commercial sex work. The pledge requirement was implemented in June 2005 and has as its origin a 2003 amendment to federal law that prohibits funds from going to a group without an explicit anti-prostitution and sex trafficking policy. The judge ruled that such a requirement violates the groups' First Amendment rights. Source. UPI, upi.com. To read the complete story, please click here (last visited May 14, 2006, reo).