More on the war against sex work

Over the years I have spent a bit of time writing about the legality of sex work around the world. As should be obvious I am for the complete decriminalization of the world’s oldest profession. Not long after this site was first launched in 2012 I made a post containing links to mainstream sources arguing for the legalization of sex work. I made another in 2014 that contained even more links.

I’m sure many readers are aware of the huge uproar caused by the recent decision by Amnesty International to call for the decriminalization of sex work. Whereas rational people and now international organizations like the United Nations and Amnesty International realize that outlawing prostitution is an affront to human rights there is still a stubborn bunch that still think it should be illegal for someone to trade their time providing a sexual service for monetary remuneration even though it’s legal to trade time doing almost anything else for a salary.

These people are known to sex workers and their advocates and friends as “antis” and they tend to be a vocal group. Unfortunately some even have easy access to the media by way of roles in Hollywood and things of that nature. Sex workers themselves have no such voice and that kind of marginalization is the kind of thing Amnesty International says it wants to end.

The following is a list of articles that have appeared in the media recently about the Amnesty International policy as well as others related to the ongoing war against sex work. A number of them were brought to my attention by a regular commenter who goes by the name Ed. As always I will try to stay abreast of any developments and post about them here when I feel it is worthwhile.

Amnesty approves policy to decriminalise sex trade (The Guardian)

World’s biggest human rights group wants to legalize prostitution (USA Today)

Members Quitting Amnesty Over Sex Work Resolution (Iceland Review)

The Elton John Aids Foundation: ‘We stand with Amnesty on sex work’ (The Guardian)

Sex Workers Want Hollywood Stars To Shut Up About Sex Work (LAist)

The sex trade: exploitation or choice? (Bangkok Post)

Senator Norris claims illegal status of prostitution endangers sex workers (Breaking News Ireland)

Sex work must be decriminalized, author says (Guelph Mercury)

Decriminalising prostitution could reduce levels of rape and sex attacks, report says (The Independent)

And last but certainly not least…

Meet the academic who thinks prostitution should be legalised because men need more sex (The Telegraph)

10 Comments

  1. Jack says:

    Alright! I celebrated yesterday by getting a massage and a handy at my local Chinese shop. Outstanding rub down with more than satisfying ending, rewarded by me with a great tip. Who was harmed? Nobody

  2. Danny says:

    If sex could be legalised as a profession, governments would have an extra source of tax revenue!

  3. Jack says:

    Not to mention health check ups, fewer time wasting busts by LE, and possibly even better “talent” once they can come in out of the shadows. College girls already work the pole to pay for tuition, why not let them earn even better money servicing clients one on one?

  4. Joe Dirt says:

    If a man could go pay to get a legal blowjob, soapy massage and/ or full full service in his hometown, he would not have to lie to a woman, telling her he really likes her, wants a relationship, is gonna call her etc. when all he wants is sex. He would have no need to tell a woman any of these things unless they were true. It might make It would drastically cut down on violence. What man feels like killing someone right after he gets blown or laid? A Lot of random violence stems from sexual frustration.

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