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International Labour Organization (ILO) Biography

Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“The report [The Sex Sector (1998)] says that ‘measures targeting the sex sector have to consider moral, religious, health, human rights and criminal issues in addressing a phenomenon that is mainly economic in nature.’ A major hurdle to the formulation of effective policy and programme measures to deal with prostitution has been ‘that policy makers have shied away from directly dealing with prostitution as an economic sector.’

The report states categorically that it is outside the purview of the ILO to take a stand on whether countries should legalize prostitution.”

ILO Press Release, Aug. 19, 1998


“The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. It was founded in 1919 and is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles which brought the League of Nations into being and it became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946.” (accessed Apr. 19, 2007)


“The ILO is the global body responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. Working with its Member States, the ILO seeks to ensure that labour standards are respected in practice as well as principle.”

“About the ILO,” ILO website (accessed Feb. 4, 2008)

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