Sex Work Should Be Legal

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

Pros
Cons
  • 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.

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

  • Legalizing sex work, makes it more socially acceptable and fill unmet needs that are currently the cause of rape or sexual abuse.

  • The health and safety of their clients will be better protected.

  • 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.

  • While legalization is philosophically ideal, most countries lack the social,economic, and legal sophistication to prevent the negative risks from manifesting and growing out of control.

  • 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.