Woman to appeal prostitution-related conviction

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
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PHOENIX (AP) -- A transgender woman who is an advocate for sex workers will appeal her conviction in Arizona on a prostitution-related charge in a Phoenix courtroom.

Attorneys for Monica Renee Jones are scheduled to argue Monday morning that the Phoenix city ordinance under which she was convicted is unconstitutionally vague and infringes on free-speech rights.

Jones was convicted in April in Phoenix Municipal Court under an ordinance that prohibits people from demonstrating an intent to sell sex in public places by flagging down passers-by and motorists, asking whether someone is a police officer or taking other steps.

Jones' supporters in her case include Laverne Cox, a transgender actress who stars as a transgender character in the Netflix prison series, "Orange is the New Black."

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