- Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
“Where sex work is legal, as in Amsterdam, the focus of policing is on reducing violence, protecting sex workers, and supporting effective HIV programming. Such an enlightened response reduces sex workers’ vulnerability and risk to HIV, and should be followed elsewhere. This Series [of articles on HIV among sex workers] calls on governments to decriminalise sex work. There is no alternative if we wish to reduce the environment of risk faced by women, men, and transgender people worldwide.
…We might prefer to think that sex and money were unrelated, that sex was somehow immune from the transactions so common elsewhere in our lives. But why should this exception be so? And why should we condemn and criminalise the exchange of money for sex, especially if the severely adverse conditions we create for such exchange hurt women and men and often fatally so? The persistence and ubiquity of sex work suggests only that sex, and the human desire for sex, is a normal part of human societies. Sex work is part of the human story. Accepting and embracing sex work—supporting those engaged in sex work to protect their health and bodily integrity and autonomy—should be our humane, as well as our pragmatic, approach to the reality of our human lives. And to our common efforts to defeat AIDS.”
Pamela Das (Senior Executive Editor) and Richard Horton (Editor), “Bringing Sex Workers to the Centre of the HIV Response,” thelancet.com, July 22, 2014
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