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The case for legalizing sex work

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When people find out I've spent time researching brothels, they have many questions. Mostly about why women do the work, but also about the men. They expect the men to be monsters, creeps who are cheating on their wives or acting out dark fantasies. Many are surprised to learn most of the customers I metRead full story

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  • Katherine Ellen Foley
    Katherine Ellen Foleyhealth/science reporter at Quartz

    "Criminalizing sex worker makes providers more vulnerable because they can’t trust police or enforce contracts," writes my favorite economist journalist Allison Schrager. Sex wok happens regardless of the law, so why not legalize it and make it safe?

  • Allison Schrager
    Allison SchragerReporter at Quartz

    Despite liberalizing almost everything, we remain divided on sec work. Even, especially, among feminists. But this hurts the most vulnerable

  • Dan. Levi Gomez
    Dan. Levi Gomez

    It should be legalized.

    I lived in Germany and visited Holland frequently and I was able to see that by legalizing the sex workers there was more control and less crime.

    Here the opposition is based mostly on religious fundamentalism and a lot of hypocrisy.

  • Victor Martinez
    Victor Martinez

    Are we ready as society to deal with the consequences of legalizing prostitution? I know many will disagree with what I’m about to say but, many couples/marriages/families might end because of the availability of professionals that specialize in providing intimacy and pleasure. There will be a lot more cheating and moral hangovers that will have an effect on relationships. A lot of men, unfortunately, will succumb to the temptation once without realizing the effect such an act will have in their

    Are we ready as society to deal with the consequences of legalizing prostitution? I know many will disagree with what I’m about to say but, many couples/marriages/families might end because of the availability of professionals that specialize in providing intimacy and pleasure. There will be a lot more cheating and moral hangovers that will have an effect on relationships. A lot of men, unfortunately, will succumb to the temptation once without realizing the effect such an act will have in their relationship.

    I’m against trafficking, and I agree that it should be dealt with and condemned but I’m pro family and I know many men would end up doing things that would then regret, things that could destroy their relationships and families. Is it really worth taking that risk?

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