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Aug 6, 2014 2:42 AM by Associated Press

Woman appeals prostitution-related conviction

PHOENIX (AP) - A transgender woman who is an advocate for sex workers filed an appeal of her conviction on a prostitution-related charge.

Attorneys for Monica Renee Jones argued in Tuesday's appeal that the Phoenix law that led to her arrest was overly broad and violates free-speech rights.

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

A call to the Phoenix Prosecutor's Office, which pressed the case against Jones, wasn't immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.

Jones was joined at a Tuesday news conference by 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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