U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to a report Tuesday night that a New York paramedic was supplementing her earnings during the coronavirus pandemic by working for a racy website.
“Sex work is work,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote, retweeting a Rolling Stone magazine article that accused the New York Post of shaming paramedic Lauren Kwei, 23, for posting material on the OnlyFans site in order to earn extra money.
The New York Democrat said all shame should be directed against the federal government, not sex workers.
“The federal government has done next to nothing to help people for months,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “We have to pass the stimulus checks, unemployment insurance, small business aid, hospital funding, and so on.
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“Keep the shame there,” Ocasio-Cortez added, “not about the marginalization of people who survive a pandemic without help.”
Earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez found himself agreeing with US Republican Josh Hawley of Missouri, who also called for stimulus checks to make ordinary Americans part of the next relief bill. coronaviruses.
“I will gladly work with @AOC and anyone who wants to help working families. Families and workers in need should be the FIRST consideration in helping COVID, not the last, ”Hawley wrote on Twitter Dec. 4.
The Rolling Stone article reported that OnlyFans saw racy content creator registrations soar to 75% during the pandemic.
The article added that Kwei also worked as a hostess at a Korean restaurant to pay her bills – and then called the Post not to “applaud her for her entrepreneurial spirit.”
The magazine also accuses the Post of jeopardizing Kwei’s job as a healthcare worker, although a representative for his employer, SeniorCare, told the Daily Beast that there were no plans to fire Kwei.
Ocasio-Cortez has already advocated for the decriminalization of sex work. Last year, she joined her progressive colleagues, Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., And Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., In supporting the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act.
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The bill’s sponsor, Representative Ro Khanna, D-Calif., Argued at the time that the bill was needed to help determine whether the sex trafficking laws currently in place had the effect of removing sex workers from online sites – only to force into paid situations that might be more dangerous.
The bill has been referred to the House subcommittee on health, but there is no indication that it has advanced beyond that point, according to the Congress.gov website.