Last updated on: 2/4/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Sex Workers Education Network (formerly Prostitutes' Education Network) Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“No person’s human or civil rights should be violated on the basis of their trade, occupation, work, calling or profession.

No law has ever succeeded in stopping prostitution.

Prostitution is the provision of sexual services for negotiated payment between consenting adults. So defined, prostitution is a service industry like any other in which people exchange skills for money or other reward….

Non-consenting adults and all children forced into sexual activity (commercial or otherwise) deserve the full protection of the law and perpetrators deserve full punishment by the law.

Workers in the sex industry deserve the same rights as workers in any other trade, including the right to legal protection from crimes such as sexual harassment, sexual abuse and rape….

There are some unscrupulous people in all walks of life -government, law, journalism, banking, law enforcement, the stock exchange, medicine, the clergy, prostitution, etc. If every profession were criminalised when some of its members broke the law, there would be few legally sanctioned professions. Unscrupulous people should be summarily dealt with by the law, regardless of which profession they corrupt.”

www.bayswan.org (accessed Feb. 12, 2007)

Description:

“[A]n information service about legislative and cultural issues as they effect prostitutes and other sex workers. The service is comprised of information for sex workers and activists/educators who study issues of decriminalization, human rights in the context of prostitution, violence against prostitutes and women, sex workers and pornography, as well as current trends in legislation and social policy in the U.S. and internationally.”

“What is PENet?” www.bayswan.org (accessed Feb. 12, 2007)

Mission:

None found

Other:
Non-profit organization
Quoted in:
  1. What Is the Difference between the Decriminalization and Legalization of Prostitution?
  2. Should Prostitution Be Legal?
  3. How Many Prostitutes Are in the United States and the Rest of the World?