Should prostitution be legal in the US? | The Tylt
Should prostitution be legal in the US?
International human rights advocates Amnesty International came out in support of legalizing prostitution: "We have chosen to advocate for the decriminalization of all aspects of consensual adult sex - sex work that does not involve coercion, exploitation or abuse. This is based on evidence and the real-life experience of sex workers themselves that criminalization makes them less safe."
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) condemned the call by Amnesty International (AI) to decriminalize sex work. Many trafficking organizations say decriminalization ignores complicated issues of consent in prostitution, and that so many prostitutes are victims of exploitation.
This powerful op-ed from a former teenage sex worker argues that legalization will actually harm vulnerable people. She advocates for the "Nordic model" of dealing with prostitution, in which selling sex is legal but buying it is illegal. In this model women can get help without being arrested, harassed or worse, and the criminal law is used to deter the buyers who fuel the sex trade.