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Should prostitution be legal?

Americans spend more than $14 billion on prostitution ever year. Despite this, sex work remains banned—forcing women into dangerous situations and enriching criminals. Activists say decriminalization and regulation will offer sex workers much-needed rights and protect them from violence. Critics argue that decriminalizing sex work normalizes exploitation and could increase trafficking. What do you think? Vote below!

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Attitudes around sex work are changing. Maybe it's time the laws reflect what society thinks. 

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Here are perspectives on why sex work should be legal.

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Critics argue that legalizing sex work opens the doors for trafficking. In fact, they argue calling it "sex work" covers up the exploitative nature of prostitution.

I cringe when I hear the words “sex work.” Selling my body wasn’t a livelihood. There was no resemblance to ordinary employment in the ritual degradation of strangers’ using my body to satiate their urges. I was doubly exploited — by those who pimped me and those who bought me.
I know there are some advocates who argue that women in prostitution sell sex as consenting adults. But those who do are a relatively privileged minority — primarily white, middle-class, Western women in escort agencies — not remotely representative of the global majority. Their right to sell doesn’t trump my right and others’ not to be sold in a trade that preys on women already marginalized by class and race.
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Here are perspectives on why sex work should continue to be illegal.

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