How Louisiana’s Antiquated Laws Set Trans People Up for Violence

April 2, 2021

...The Crimes Against Nature by Solicitation (CANS) law is indeed a 19th-century law, still on the books in Louisiana, that criminalizes non-procreative sex. People convicted of exchanging oral or anal – but not vaginal – sex for money are charged with felonies and get longer jail sentences. Until 2012, it required anyone convicted under it to register as a sex offender. This was the “only instance in which an offense that does not involve children, the use of force, violence, a weapon or lack of consent required registration as a sex offender,” explains the Center for Constitutional Rights. While the law has changed in recent years, those convicted prior to 2012 are still registered as sex offenders (and charged with felonies). ...

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April 2, 2021