Sexual Consent in Seattle Must Involve Element of ‘Leisure,’ Claims Top Cop

In Seattle, sex must be a “leisure activity” for both parties or it’s nonconsensual, according to one area prosecutor. In a splashy Seattle Times feature in which local law enforcement play hero protagonists, Val Richey—a senior deputy prosecuting attorney for King County, Washington, and one of the driving forces behind the area’s anti-prostitution efforts—lays out his tortuous framework for treating all sex workers as victims of rape and, in this case, human trafficking. “What you have is someone paying this person essentially to turn a ‘no’ into a ‘yes,'” Richey told the paper. “Because as several of the buyers…observed, these women, as a leisure activity, are not looking to have sex with 10 guys in a day.

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