Should Sex Work Be Made Legal

People, especially women, sell their bodies daily for financial gain in a legalized way. Pornography is legal, as are exotic dances. It is common for people to have sex with wealthier partners in order to enjoy their wealth, whether through the search for wealthy life partners or through the less formal but increasingly common phenomenon known as sugar dating. It`s also common for people to stay in unhappy relationships because they don`t want to lose financial stability or spend money on a divorce. Sex workers became even more vulnerable to client violence after the adoption of SESTA/FOSTA in 2018. The ACLU opposed the law because it violated the rights of sex workers and restricted freedom of expression online. SESTA/FOSTA has banned many online platforms for sex workers, including client screening services such as Redbook, which have allowed sex workers to share information about abusive and dangerous clients and build communities to protect themselves. The law has also pushed more sex workers offline and onto the streets, where they have to work in remote areas to avoid arrest and deal with clients without background checks. Opponents believe that legalizing prostitution would lead to an increase in sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS, global human trafficking and violent crimes such as rape and murder. They argue that prostitution is inherently immoral and commercially exploitative, reinforces the criminal underworld, and fosters the oppression of women by men.

Legalization is therefore controversial. But the only alternative to legalization may be exploitation. It is important to listen to the voices of this community, in the form of trade unions such as the Organización de Trabajadoras Sexuales (OTRAS) in Spain or the DecrimNow campaign in the UK. The legalization of sex work is more than just a legal debate and has an impact on the health of sex workers. At this point, legalization may require the emergence of consensus in the community rather than government diktat. The criminal application of sex work goes hand in hand with unfair police practices, such as the use of condoms as evidence of intent to engage in sex work. As a result, some sex workers and people profiled as sex workers may choose not to wear condoms due to the risk of arrest. This puts them at risk of contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The report states: “While the influx of trafficking may be lower where prostitution is criminalized, it can have a serious impact on workers in the industry. For example, criminalizing prostitution punishes sex workers, not the people who make the most profits (pimps and traffickers). With this in mind, many proponents will argue that calling sex work a financially viable profession is a myth when it is not primarily sex workers, mostly women, who make money from most of their own sex work, but pimps and traffickers, the people who run strip clubs, escort companies and online sites. In addition, international aid programs such as the U.S.

Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act link funding to the promise to reject prostitution. This conditioning limits the ability of beneficiaries to follow their own path of legalization. Thompson became an escort. “I made exponentially more money than I could ever have made in my legal profession,” he says. Rhode Island made sex work illegal again in 2009, partly under pressure from some human trafficking supporters. That`s the problem: the sex work debate is always associated with human trafficking – people who are forced to do so against their will. For many, the income that sex work can bring in is tempting. And while this may be a reason to turn to sex work, those who do also expose themselves to the risk of abuse. Sex workers are on the margins of social and economic life in many countries. Increasingly, even governments view sex workers as subjects that deserve no legal benefit or protection. In India alone, there are 3 million sex workers, about 40 percent of whom are children, according to a study by India`s Ministry of Women and Child Development. Since then, no other official statistics have been published on this population, and acceptance and recognition are far from being observed in developing countries.

“Sex work is risky for everyone,” she says. “You also take a lot of risks as a customer. And if you work in a brothel, you are guaranteed absolute anonymity. They were fully screened for the disease. “If sex work were decriminalized, sex workers would no longer fear arrest if they seek justice, and the police would lose their power to use that fear to abuse people. Sex workers sometimes leave without medical care for fear of arrest or abuse by medical staff if they are found to be a sex worker. And because the law doesn`t treat sex work as real work, sex workers don`t have access to employer-based health insurance, meaning many can`t afford care. If sex work is decriminalized, police will have one less tool to harass and marginalize trans women of color.

Sex workers, and especially trans women, would be better able to manage their own bodies and livelihoods. Decriminalizing sex work would send the message that Black trans lives matter. Economist Allison Schrager says the Internet has increased demand and supply. “Women who are in front of the internet (or men) who wouldn`t walk the streets or sign with a woman or an agency can now sell sex work, sometimes even on the side, to supplement other sources of income,” she says. Given the growing support for legalizing sex work, critics fear ignoring the true consequences of legalization. Studies show that most sex workers engage in prostitution out of necessity, not personal choice. We might ask whether the continued criminalization that traps workers is justified if we could instead focus on helping sex workers escape prostitution. Authorization or other certification of sex work that contributes to their resume would generally be considered a possible horror on their record. Sex workers aren`t always part of the conversation about police brutality, but they should be.

Police routinely attack sex workers or people they believe to be sex workers, such as trans women of color. The police usually get away with it because sex workers fear arrest if they file a complaint. If we lived in a world that did not criminalize sex work, sex workers could better protect themselves and seek justice when they are hurt. However, the legalization of prostitution has had positive benefits for sex workers across Europe. The best-known country that has legalized prostitution is the Netherlands, where sex work has been legal for nearly two decades. Taking the industry out of the black market and imposing strict regulations has improved the safety of sex workers. Brothels must obtain and renew safety and health licenses to operate, and street prostitution is legal and highly regulated in places like the Red Light District. Not only does sex work become safer when regulated, but legalization also helps eliminate the black market in prostitution and make women safer overall. In addition, sex workers are not labeled criminals, so they have better access to the legal system and are encouraged to report behaviours that pose a danger to themselves and other women in the industry. Finally, the legalization of sex work will bring many other positive externalities, including tax revenues, the reduction of sexually transmitted diseases, and the redistribution of law enforcement resources. The criminalization of sex work fuels the mass incarceration system by needlessly putting more people in prison. Inmates are typically trans and/or people of colour, two groups who are already disproportionately incarcerated.

One in six trans people has been imprisoned, one in two trans people of color. When people argue that prostitution should be illegal, in many cases, their concern comes from a place of morality described as a concern for women`s health and safety. People believe that legalizing prostitution will only abuse more women, make it harder for prostitutes to get out of the industry, or teach young women that their bodies exist only for the purpose of sexual exploitation by men. Instead of forcing sex workers to run their businesses in unregulated black markets where their lives are in danger, all with the mislabeled purpose of “saving” women, take concrete steps to save women. Legalize prostitution, impose strict regulations, and put in place comprehensive support systems that allow sex workers to do their jobs safely. The fight continues in 2020, with decriminalization laws active in several state legislatures and advocates urging elected officials such as county prosecutors to commit not to prosecuting sex work. At the federal level, Congress has introduced the Safe Sex Workers Study Act, which will examine the effects of SESTA/FOSTA. There is an opportunity for progress if we educate each other about sex workers` rights and lobby elected officials to decriminalize them. International laws and conventions such as the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) put sex workers at risk.

Article 6 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women requires States to “take all appropriate measures to prevent all forms of trafficking in women and exploitation of prostitution of women”. Such measures threaten counterproductive anti-trafficking laws that could seriously harm sex workers. Some jurisdictions have decriminalized prostitution-related activities, including New Zealand, parts of Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, and parts of the United States. But although India has legalized sex work, problems remain.