Thursday, May 03, 2007

Hope for Prostitutes in Oregon

Prostitutes can become teachers in Oregon, five years after they have been convicted. Apparently, putting prostitute on your resume, will not affect you getting a teaching licence.

"Senate Bill 724, if anything, is about forgiveness," said Sen. Margaret Carter, D-Portland. "This says to a young woman -- or man -- there will be a second chance."

Carter said Oregon is the only state on the West Coast that has an absolute ban against anyone convicted of a misdemeanor count of prostitution from being a teacher. She argued that individuals should have the opportunity to redeem themselves.

Carter tried to get the bill passed in the 2005 session. She amended it this year to require a five-year period before a person convicted of prostitution could apply for a job or get a teaching license.

Quotes from Hot for ex prostitute teacher by Casey Holdahl of Orgeonlive.

Do people really put prostitute, escort or hooker on their resume or cv?

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No they don't put prostitute on their resume, but when you apply for a professional license, you have to complete a form that asks if you have any criminal convictions, and there will certainly be an FBI background check for anyone who is applying for a certification that allows them to work with children.

If you lie on the application form and are found out, then you are kaput.

This is something that women might want to bear in mind if they are paying for their education by selling sex.

Thank you for your comments. For most jobs here, you have to state whether you have any criminal convictions.

They do a criminal background check on you, if you are working with vulnerable adults or children.
Part of the general (incorrect) stereotype about prostitutes. At least, I assume it's based on that. Surely the current law doesn't prohibit EVERYONE with a misdemeanor conviction from teaching, does it? Nah, probably just those unspeakable people we don't want anywhere near our precious children.

I understand that the P4P community is not very popular with the mainstream culture in the U.S., and that legalization is unlikely any time soon. Some aspects of it that *I* don't want anywhere near me. But the blanket prohibition, founded on a blanket stereotype probably derived from images of streetwalkers ("kerbcrawlers"?), is amusing in a sad kind of way.


Thank you for your comments. It makes you wonder how many are teachers, but have had no conviction yet.
Good point. Probably a fair number. The job would limit the opportunities, but the typical low salaries for teachers would increase the need for "moonlighting." :-)

Well, I've definitely run across a few that I think would be excellent teachers and -- if I had children -- I'd be pleased if they were my child's teacher.

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