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Louisiana’s Crime Against Nature by Solicitation (CANS) statute expanded the state’s nineteenth-century sodomy statute to include offenses involving prostitution when it was adopted in 1982. Under CANS, Louisiana sent hundreds of people—primarily African American women, including transgender women, and gay men—to prison for years at a time merely for offering oral or anal sex for money. It then forced them to register as sex offenders. This article examines the powerful campaign that was launched in 2011 against the CANS law. In two short years, despite the state’s strenuous efforts to defend its archaic law, this campaign systematically and comprehensively dismantled this statute and its discriminatory effects.

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