As conservative Canadian senator Donald Plett put it in reference to End Demand bill C-36, “Of course, we don’t want to make life safe for prostitutes; we want to do away with prostitution.
That’s the intent.” The human effect is just collateral damage—if we’re even considered human at all.
Sex work is criminalized in the US, but not all sex workers are criminalized equally.
The war against sex workers mirrors the war on the poor more generally, and those who are members of more criminalized populations get targeted more harshly.
Given recent events, it seems plausible that many cops may not have a problem with that, but it’s easy to imagine other kinds of speech they might not like. Innocent children, however fictional, are easier to drum up sympathy for than poor people finding ways to survive in a world that wants us to quietly die.