Should prostitution be legal in the US? | The Tylt

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Prostitution and many forms of sex work are banned in most of the U.S. But since Americans spend more than 14 billion on prostitution annually, prohibition clearly isn't stopping the practice, and instead makes it more profitable for criminals and more dangerous for the workers. Pro-legalization advocates say decriminalization and regulation will  offer sex workers much-needed rights and protect them from violence. But others argue that decriminalizing sex work normalizes exploitation and could increase trafficking. #LegalizeSexWork? Or #KeepSexWorkIllegal?

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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."

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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.

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Sex worker Mistress Matisse is a famous and outspoken advocate for legalization. 

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Proponents of legalization say it is an individual's right to do what they wish with their own bodies, and that keeping prostitution illegal makes it far more dangerous for sex workers.

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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.

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