A rally is scheduled in the Charles North neighborhood of Baltimore on Friday night as part of a nationwide campaign to protest police profiling of transgender women.
Supporters say the program helps women in the sex trade. Critics say the program detains women in handcuffs based on profiling and scant evidence -- which could include simply engaging passersby in conversation -- and then forces them into programs they may have no interest in taking part in.
The law the program is based on allows for people to be charged with prostitution if they "manifest the intent" to solicit.
"The truth is that many trans individuals are victims of sexual violence at an outstandingly higher rate than people in the general public," Perry said. "We have the responsibility as a community to stand up for them, because they are automatically assumed to be sluts and whores and sex workers just for existing, and all that does is perpetuate an environment where blaming a transgender person for being a victim is easy."
Perry said her organization has heard about women in Baltimore being profiled as prostitutes just for "walking while trans" in the city, and wanted to rally against the practice at a time when Jones' case is bringing a lot of attention to the issue.
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