Mapping the world's opinions

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?

Prostitution should be illegal

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. Explore

Prostitution encourages sex trafficking

Demand for prostitutes is the core driver of global sex trafficking. Explore

Violence against women

Prostitution is equitable to violence against women. Explore

The oldest oppression

Prostitution promotes the degradation of women and hegemonic masculinity. Explore

Economic coercion into prostitution

Sex workers do not want to enter prostitution, but are forced to due to circumstance. Explore

Long-term consequences

Prostitutes suffer from long-term negative consequences to their mental and physical health. Explore

Sale of the body is immoral

By selling their bodies, sex workers are losing part of themselves. Explore

Prostitution should be decriminalised

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. Explore

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. Explore

Safety of sex workers

Decriminalisation of prostitution ensures that sex workers can access assistance to promote safety. Explore

Relieving stigma

By decriminalising prostitution, we can eliminate the stigma attached to prostitution. Explore

Personal agency

Sex workers should be allowed to make the choice to work in prostitution. Explore

Female sexuality

Prostitution can enable sex workers to reclaim their own sexualities. Explore

Prostitution should be legalised

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.

Government oversight

The legalisation of prostitution ensures Governments can regulate prostitution to reduce social ills. Explore

We should adopt a Nordic Model

The Nordic Model decriminalises prostitution for sex workers, while criminalising buyers.

Penalising buyers

The Nordic Model removes penalties for vulnerable women while discouraging prostitution. This leads to reduced demand. Explore
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