Sex Work Should Be Legal

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Buying and selling sex should be legal for sex workers and their clients.

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  • Legalization makes sense from an economic point of view.

  • Sex workers provide an important and valuable service.

  • Many sex workers find their work enjoyable or rewarding.

  • Sex work NGOs are lobbying in favor of it. As they represent the industry their interests should be recognized.

  • Legalization will allow for better protection of the rights of those engaged in sex work.

  • Prostitution is legal where I live. It protects the workers, but does not legitimize the trade morally. For example, underage workers are not allowed to work in brothels. Prostitutes working in brothels pay taxes, have safety provisions, employer restrictions and can get insurance. This does not eliminate, but reduces street prostitution because of the provisions brothels provide. Safe sex is promoted. However, prostitution is not openly advertised. Its not like the dutch situation. Detail

  • If legal, sex work can also branch into more advanced forms of sex therapy to reduce sexual stigmas and intimacy issues of potential clients.

  • Sex work is only questionable due to religion and its categorization of sexual intercourse as sacred or special. In regards to the UK, British society is now secular and thus moral or ethical obligations to sex or sex work are largely irrelevant.

  • Legalization will help fight human trafficking and sex slavery.

  • Legalising sex work will reduce stigmas surrounding sex and sexuality.

  • The government has no right to outlaw an interaction between two consenting adults. As long as the sex worker and the client are consenting adults, they should be free to do what they want with their bodies and their money.

  • Legalization promotes the health and security of sex workers.

  • Legalization of sex work makes it easier for sex workers to organize and help themselves.

  • Legalizing sex work reinforces discrimination based on skin color and class.

  • Legalizing sex work suggests to members of society such as children that buying or selling sex should not be morally objectionable.

  • Prostitution should not be legalized because legalized prostitution increases trafficking. Studies show that legalized prostitution increases demand more than what will be satisfied through non-trafficked prostitution, thus increasing trafficking. Also even buyers who would pay more for non-trafficked prostitutes cannot be trusted to know the difference. There's of course no sign on the door, and all prostitutes will say that they chose to. papers.ssrn.com

  • Buying sex should not be legal, because the phenomena of buying sex causes very much harm to prostitutes: injuries, aches, trauma, addiction etc. are all much more rule than exception. It is not right to cause harm, no matter if they are dependent on your money. prostitutionresearch.com

  • Legalisation will expand the sex industry as a whole and in doing so expand the unregulated sector of that industry that promotes rape, transmission of STDs, trafficking, and child exploitation.

  • Sex work is immoral and unethical.

  • When one person is having sex only to get paid, that sex is not fully consensual and so should not be allowed or encouraged.

  • Legalising sex work will undermine the pursuit of gender equality.

  • When sex work is illegal police can more easily identify and prosecute related crimes, such as human trafficking or under-aged sex work.

  • If sex work is socially and legally condoned, there is less incentive for the government to provide exit strategies for those who want to get out of it.