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There are tweets (re)surfacing up abt L.E presence on various platforms. A gentle reminder:

Members of L.E and ICE are regular people. They're on every site regular clients are on. Sometimes they're clients themselves. Mostly they're looking to get a bonus off of your back.

Always assume risk. Yes, screening is important but remember that screening is risk assessment, never 100% fool proof. Outside of screening, know your rights!

The following applies to both clients and providers in the U.S:

Every once in a while I'll see the following myths floating around

1. "Cops have to tell you who they are". No. They do not. Cops can LEGALLY lie, and whatever you say or do in reaction to that lie can be admitted in court as evidence.

2. "If s/he got naked first, they're not a cop". WRONG. L.E will approach you, have sex with you, and still arrest you. It is RAPE (you did not consent to sex w/ a cop, nvm arrested after) even if a judge will often uphold this RAPE as legal evidence.

3."If I insist that payment is for companionship only, they can't arrest me. Escorting is legal, prostitution is not. W/e happens b/w two consenting adults is not the law's business"

Review boards constantly say how reviews are "fiction" but have been used as evidence in courts.

Euphemisms do not protect you. There have been high profile cases of "escorts" being busted. Usually because IRS wanted their money but that's another story.

In the U.S. euphemisms DO NOT PROTECT YOU. If a prosecutor decided to charge you w. buying/selling sex, LAWYER UP.

Robert Kraft got arrested like. Yesterday. Not because he did/didn't screen, but because L.E wanted a big bonus.

"Ohmygod this is so scary, I'm never buying/selling sex *cough* companionship again".

I mean, that's cool but not for nothing am I in history's "oldest profession".

The solution: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS.

1. YOU DON'T HAVE TO LET ANYBODY INTO YOUR ROOM/HOUSE WITHOUT A WARRANT. Step outside to speak, shut the door behind you, ask them to give you papers through the door & CHECK FOR NAMES, ADDRESSES, SPELLING.

Yes, spellings!

Checking for^ is really important. Just because they give you a piece of paper doesn't mean it's an actual warrant. L.E often relies on citizen's awe/fear to manipulate entering spaces where they shouldn't be. If you cannot read English, you have the right to ask for a translator

If L.E smells/sees something that is "probable cause", they can now search your space or arrest you without a warrant. Obviously, they can also barge in and make up stuff later (not unheard of), but it is important to take steps where you can.

2. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT. USE IT. There's a common myth that L.E has to say the whole schiepiel before they can put things in evidence. False. The moment L.E stops you, the moment you answer their questions outside of your name, you are now open to prosecution.

Imagine this scenario: L.E knocks on your door, or stops you somewhere, asks who you are. You give your name (state law differs on this point btw). They ask you what you are up to etc. I wouldn't answer. Ask "Am I being detained". If they say no, then you can walk away. WALK AWAY

If they say you're being detained, then say: "I'd like to have a lawyer before I answer questions". Which brings me to:

3. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO ASK FOR A LAWYER. The moment somebody pulls out their badge, asks questions, clamp up, ask for a lawyer.

This applies regardless of your residency status. CLAMP UP. Don't give explanations. Don't come up with a lie. Insist on your right to a lawyer even if it's a shitty public defender. At the very least, it buys you valuable time to gather up resources and reach out to local orgs.

Last but not the least, video (not audio) record where possible. There are some weird state laws around audio recording. So even if you're recording a blank wall while recording audio, it is still considered video recording.

Do NOT post it on social media.

You don't want LE to have evidence and manipulate it for themselves. Back it up on cloud where possible. Also: do not give up your phone password.

(AppLock is an app that double locks your android phones btw. Fingerprint locks are easiest to hack)

In this industry, we talk a lot about blacklists and screening protocol but not much about what to do when something goes awry. Of course *knock on wood* may you never experience L.E., but it pays to be prepared.

A disclaimer before I end this thread: I never took the bar exam; I'm not a lawyer. ACLU and Up Against The Law have comprehensive online guides on knowing your rights. Make a point to stay fresh on those. And donate to your local SW rights orgs that do much more than you imagine

If you found this thread useful, please RT.

Orgs to donate to in Philly and surrounding that work on these and surrounding issues: @safephila@twitter.com @Vamos_Juntos_@twitter.com @BBworkers@twitter.com @NJRUA@twitter.com @RedCanarySong@twitter.com @DecrimNowDC@twitter.com @DecrimNY@twitter.com

@jasmineisariot If they say you are being detained ask for their reasonably articulable suspicion. If they cannot provide one again ask am I being detained.

@SteveB
Yes. But in Philly at least they can detain you for at least a couple hours w/o providing reason. But you're right, that's an important Q to ask too.

@jasmineisariot Which is why it is always important to know State by State rules.

Good job with your thread by the way

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