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Full decriminalisation of sex work and the act of paying for sex
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Sex workers won't have to work in dark isolated areas where they are more at risk of becoming victims of a crime

The high-risk environments and isolated areas where sex workers work lead to many of them being victims of crimes and violence, such as murders, assaults, rape, and abuse.

Context

Several sex enterprises operate under the guise of legal businesses such as restaurants, nail salons, mobile trailers, massage parlors, and even warehouses, which is dangerous since the law does not protect sex workers.[1]

The Argument

Decriminalizing prostitution would ensure sex workers have basic rights such as equality, justice, and health care, which would make them less likely to be victims of crimes. Sex workers (those who engage in the consensual exchange of sex for profit) need to be safe while doing their job. They should have access to the protection that the law offers, without the government dictating the terms of how they use their own body. Sex workers tend to work in isolated places and are hesitant to report a crime for fear of facing more abuse or punishment by the government for their line of work.[2] Sex workers from New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles have reported illegal police behavior, such as extortion for sex, and verbal and physical harassment. Others reported that police would demand sex in exchange for dropping prostitution charges.[2] Sex workers are also subject to a constant risk of death. A study showed that sex workers were 18 times more likely to be murdered than women of the same age who are from the general population.[3]

Counter arguments

Prostitution (sex work) should remain illegal and should not be seen as an acceptable business. If sex work were legal, there would be more crimes, such as human trafficking, pimping, and others. Human trafficking is more common in countries where prostitution is legal.[4] Legalization has proven to be a failed experiment. It results in a higher demand for sex that can not be filled by the limited number of sex workers, which leads to a greater demand for human trafficking. Germany legalized sex work in 2002, which led to a 70 percent surge in human trafficking from vulnerable individuals from foreign countries.[5]

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References

  1. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/187774.pdf
  2. https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/08/07/why-sex-work-should-be-decriminalized
  3. https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/criminology/people/teela-sanders/sex-work-and-homicide
  4. https://ideas.repec.org/p/hhs/gunwpe/0458.html
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpJPJGYWcgE&t=722s

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