Why the courts must decriminalize prostitution - The Globe and Mail

Why the courts must decriminalize prostitution - The Globe and Mail

It saddens me that it took a serial killer whose victims were fed to pigs - and therefore the true total can never be known - to actually cause this issue to be taken seriously. I firmly believe prostitution should be legalised and regulated. I would not go so far as to say all prostitutes are victims, but some certainly are. And the trade itself does victimise them by limiting or destroying their chances at a different future. Writing "prostitute" down for employment history is not likely to bode well; at the same time the lack of labour laws means no pension or insurance. There was a time when all jobs were like that, but then we developed this thing called "social welfare." Maybe you have heard of it, this concept that helping others who need it is a good thing? I love the idea from Sweden, even if it does argue prostitutes are victims. Instead of penalising them, it is the customers who are penalised. Supply-demand, right? The supply responds to the demand.

But in all seriousness, prostitution needs to be treated like the profession it is. Commonly it is referred to as the oldest profession; rarely is it treated like one. If you want to stop underage prostitution and human trafficking, make it possible to see what is really going on. Because right now, everyone is a criminal, and everyone is hiding. Who are we truly protecting?

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