The Debate Continues

Greetings from The Slave Detective,

I saw this well written article in the Washington Times. It once again returns to the debate of whether prostitution should be legalised. Written by Lisa M. Ruth.

It lays out brilliantly the questions for and against. Lisa Ruth then comes to a conclusion. It is of course her conclusion but I’d wager many more support her findings.

One of the facts that I hadn’t heard before was that in Amsterdam, after prostitution was legalized, child prostitution increased 300%. Legalization provided a veil of acceptability to prostitution, making it easier for pimps and traffickers to operate.

Then of my regular readers/fellow blogger Stella Marr commented quite rightly

“Well-meaning people who’ve never been commercially sexually exploited often think that legal brothels will protect the women in prostitution from pimps and violent johns. They are mistaken.”

Stella has been there. The movement to legalise prostitution, will of course, say something along the lines of these are women’s rights ‘do gooders’.

But when you read the article the argument is so powerful. It isn’t a card carrying ‘activist’ but a balanced argument with conclusions I have echoed many times.

Women (and men) who work in the provision of sexual services are very unlikely to pick up a phone and ring home saying they had just got this great job!

In Germany, where prostitution is legal, the trade union’ ver.di’ expanded membership to include sex workers. This would give the workers health care, legal aid, paid holidays and a five-day work week. Of the estimated 400,000 sex workers, only 100 joined the union. Follow-up studies found that prostitutes were “too humiliated” to admit they were sex workers.

So we have to keep the debate open and continue to challenge persons (almost exclusively men) who use ‘Sexual Services’ that this is not an acceptable ‘hobby’.

The International Union of Sex Workers have a web page which supports the legalisation of Prostitution. I think this site should be read an the comments made there discussed as equally as the one published by Lisa Ruth. Some of the points raised by this page are worthy of healthy debate. I am by no means suggesting picking a fight with this organisation but working together to STOP trafficking. Some of the measures suggested have merit!

“According to the 2000 National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles 9% of men in London had paid for sex in the past 5 years, compared with 4% across the UK. In a survey of 16,000 gay & bisexual men, 10.4% had bought or sold sex in the past year.”

This is just one of the banners running through the web page. A lot has changed since 2000 one thing being the introduction of the 2004 legislation targeting Human Trafficking under Section 57, 58 and 59 of the Sexual Offences Act.

I have looked through the site and not able to pin point a place where they actually call for the legalisation of prostitution. Nick Davies of the Guardian Newspaper, a mouth piece for the IUSW openly calls for this measure to provide protection for those who chose to work in ‘The Industry’.

I think a reference back to an article I wrote “Every Young Girl should read this” is a good place to conclude.

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