Sometimes called ‘the world’s oldest profession’, prostitution holds a complex cultural place. While it is underpinned by gender norms and has been linked to violence, it also represents a source of agency for some and a viable career option for many. Should it be treated like any other job by the state? And if the state wishes to curtail prostitution, is making it illegal the best option?
Sex work is inherently harmful and should be banned.
Prostitution and marginalisation
The least advantaged people in society are the ones most likely to enter prostitution.
Prostitution encourages sex trafficking
Demand for prostitutes is the core driver of global sex trafficking.
Violence against women
Prostitution is equitable to violence against women.
The oldest oppression
Prostitution promotes the degradation of women and hegemonic masculinity.
Economic coercion into prostitution
Sex workers do not want to enter prostitution, but are forced to due to circumstance.
Prostitutes suffer from long-term negative consequences to their mental and physical health.
Sale of the body is immoral
By selling their bodies, sex workers are losing part of themselves.
There should be no laws around prostitution that separate it from any other profession.
The ‘body’ and capitalism
Under a capitalist system, the majority of jobs are in essence selling the body through the sale of labour.
The sale of sex is not inherently impermissible
There is no inherent reason that the sale of sex is different to the sale of any good.
Safety of sex workers
Decriminalisation of prostitution ensures that sex workers can access assistance to promote safety.
By decriminalising prostitution, we can eliminate the stigma attached to prostitution.
Sex workers should be allowed to make the choice to work in prostitution.
Prostitution can enable sex workers to reclaim their own sexualities.
Countries like Austria and the Netherlands have adopted a system of legalisation rather than decriminalisation, under which sex work is legal only under conditions dictated by the state.
The legalisation of prostitution ensures Governments can regulate prostitution to reduce social ills.
The Nordic Model decriminalises prostitution for sex workers, while criminalising buyers.
The Nordic Model removes penalties for vulnerable women while discouraging prostitution. This leads to reduced demand.
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