Should Sex Work Be Legal?

Perspective Writers' Votes
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Buying and selling sex should be legal for sex workers and their clients.

  • Legalization will help fight human trafficking and sex slavery.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Sex work is immoral and unethical.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.