Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, Governor Charlie Baker, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh are sending a clear message to people on the public payroll: if you buy sex, you could be fired.
The offices of all three leaders have announced new policies explicitly prohibiting state and city employees—and state-funded contractors—from advancing human trafficking, which includes the illegal purchase of sex.
This is welcome news. People who buy sex perpetuate a system of violence and abuse that’s gone on for too long. To know that leaders like Governor Baker, Attorney General Healey, and Mayor Walsh are willing to use their offices to fight this exploitation shows that the days of buyers acting with impunity could be coming to an end.