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I've been seeing SWOP up promoting fund raisers for "legal fees" for women involved in the sex industry.  Speaking as someone who has been a paralegal for 32 years now, and as someone who has been involved in over 34 years now of legal cases across the country involving prostitutes - I feel the need to weigh in here.  Because I was arrested myself in 1984.  You can read about the case hitting the news at   Now at that time, I had a family friend who was an attorney who stepped in to help me.  Now, had I RETAINED an attorney for cash - that attorney would have had his bank account frozen, he would be audited  by the IRS and law enforcement, he would probably be considered for felony charges for "receipt of earnings from a known prostitute" and he might have been disbarred.  He wasn't.  The attorney I had helping me didn't suffer these things because he was doing these things as a favor for a family friend.  In 1984, every other m