The surprising controversy over women in the sex trade — tangled in issues of legality, terminology and competing feminist visions — has produced an unequivocal statement from the executive director of UN Women that the agency is not taking sides in this debate. The heart of the issue is prostitution. Is it a choice to be supported, not demeaned or vilified in law but decriminalized? Or would decriminalization only increase violence and exploitation for vulnerable women and girls who are trafficked into lives of sexual slavery? Laws vary from country to country.
Decriminalizing the Sex Trade Isn't the Answer—The Equality Model Is
The Daily Dose October 22, To the sides of the labyrinth of passageways that run along the market stalls selling, well, everything, stand women of all ages and sizes. Many of them play with their phones as they wait for their clients, leaning against the shops behind them to take the weight off their high-heeled feet. On a Monday in early October, it was full. Some 25 sex workers had come to hear a local politician talk about one of the initiatives being considered by the city legislature to formalize sex work and — ideally — give those who provide it more rights and protections. As we talk, she munches on the enchiladas and corn cobs elotes passed around by her colleagues.
In the past year, bills to fully decriminalize the sex trade were introduced in both the Washington, D. But is it really a job like any other? This question divides many people when discussing the sex trade, which includes stripping, brothel- , street- , gang- , internet- , and hotel-based prostitution, as well as pornography.
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