The Pros And Cons Of Sex Work

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Amnesty International casted more of a boulder than a stone into the mostly still pool of the sex work debate, when in August of last year the humans right’s organization publicized, in a quote take from their website, that they would now promote “full decriminalization of all aspects of consensual sex work”, essentially stating that they would now endorse the removal of legal repercussions for not only sex workers, but for the clientele, pimps, and brothel owners as well. This has been the biggest event in the sex work discussion since Sweden enacted the Sex Purchase Act in 1999, a method for legislating prostitution that became known as the Nordic model. Since it was enacted the model has spread throughout other European countries, with its…show more content…
International human rights lawyer Dianne Post has described the institution of prostitution as founded on the principle of “structural inequality by gender, class and race”, in essence painting sex work as the exploitation women of low economic standing merely because they are desperate enough to perform it (Datta & Post 3). Admittedly, sex work is a primarily female profession, though the Internet has lead to growing populations of transgender and male sex workers from the most liberal areas, such as California, to the most restrictive, like South Africa (Minichiello, Victor, Scott, and Callander), but there is simply to little data discussing these population groups to draw any definite conclusions. Where Post loses sight of her larger argument, that women should be treated as equals, is when she decidedly paints women as the victims of prostitution. This argument has blatant hypocrisy in that it ignores the fact that the majority of women participating in sex work are not trafficked sex slaves, but women willingly exchanging money for sexual acts, who are capable of facing the consequences of these actions. In fact, it is an extension of this argument that assumes that women cannot be held responsible for their actions that constitutes one of the primary failings of the Nordic…show more content…
It was founded on the feminist ideal that the casual purchase of women for sexual acts is an abominable notion in culture that claims men and women to be of equal social standing. Therefore it legalized the selling of sex work by prostitutes, yet illegalized the purchase of said work for clients (Goldberg 24). Since it was enacted in 2000, the model has spread to other countries including Norway, Iceland, and is still being considered by several other European nations, and is even being used as a reference point for sex work reform in Canada (Ka Hon Chu & Glass
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