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.
Sale of the body is immoral
By selling their bodies, sex workers are losing part of themselves.Explore
Prostitution and marginalisation
The least advantaged people in society are the ones most likely to enter prostitution.Explore
Economic coercion into prostitution
Sex workers do not want to enter prostitution, but are forced to due to circumstance.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
Prostitutes suffer from long-term negative consequences to their mental and physical health.Explore
We should adopt a Nordic Model
The Nordic Model decriminalises prostitution for sex workers, while criminalising buyers.
The Nordic Model removes penalties for vulnerable women while discouraging prostitution. This leads to reduced demand.Explore
Prostitution should be decriminalised
There should be no laws around prostitution that separate it from any other profession.
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
Decriminalisation would relieve prostitution's stigma
By decriminalising prostitution, we can eliminate the stigma attached to prostitution.Explore
Prostitution is no different from other forms of exploitation under capitalism
Under the Marxist perspective, in a capitalist system the majority of jobs involve selling the body through the sale of labour.Explore
Prostitution can help women celebrate their sexuality
Prostitution can enable sex workers to reclaim their own sexualities.Explore
Decriminalisation protects sex workers
Decriminalisation of prostitution ensures that sex workers can access assistance to promote safety.Explore
Sex Work is the choice of the Sex Worker
Sex workers should be allowed to make the choice to work in prostitution.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 of prostitution would improve all outcomes
The legalisation of prostitution ensures Governments can regulate prostitution to reduce social ills.Explore
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