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Should sex work be decriminalised?
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Full decriminalisation risks more violent and abusive clients approaching sex workers

Fully decriminalising sex work will also provide legitimacy to the buyers, therefore attracting all kinds of clients, including the violent and abusive ones who will bring harm to the sex workers.

The Argument

Decriminalising sex work also allows the purchase of sex. Whereas making prostitution illegal is more likely to demotivate men from even considering seeking out sex.[1] Legalizing sex work will not reduce violence. Prostitutes will face difficulty in proving that their client sexually abused them since it will be a part of their “working conditions.” [2][3] It will also become difficult to prosecute the perpetrators because the sexual exploitation will be legitimized. They can easily discredit anyone in the sex industry who tries to get legal support. Legalizing prostitution will also normalize it as labor and increase the market potential for the “business.” Capitalism will become a driving force, with brothel owners coercing prostitutes into forms of sex they might not be comfortable with, to increase their own profits.[4] In the regulated sex work industry in Nevada, women face horrible working conditions. The brothels, instead of protecting its employees, cover up the rapes and assaults of their customers.[5]

Counter arguments

The legality of sex work can play a crucial role in shaping patterns of violence towards sex workers. In settings where sex work is criminalized, workplace-related violence is not monitored by any legal authority, and no legal protections are provided to the sex workers.[6][7] Violence against sex workers is not registered as an offense by the police. In some cases, the violence is even perpetrated by the police. This can prevent sex workers from even reporting such crimes or seeking help.[8][9] Additionally, laws and policies that discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals will make them even more vulnerable to abuse since they are not likely to come forward to report such crimes out of fear of being persecuted for their sexual orientations.[10]



Rejecting the premises


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