10 reasons why prostitution should not be legalized


1. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution is a gift to pimps, traffickers and the sex industry.

What do legalization of prostitution and decriminalization of the industry refer to? In the Netherlands legalization is legalizing every aspect of the sex business: the women as well as”clients, “clients,” and the pimps who, in the legalization regime transform into third-party businessmen as well as legitimate sexual entrepreneurs.

Legalization/decriminalization of the sex industry also converts brothels, sex clubs, massage parlors and other sites of prostitution activities into legitimate venues where commercial sexual acts are allowed to flourish legally with few restraints.

Many people think that when they advocate for the legalization or decriminalization for prostitution they are eminently professionalizing women who are involved in prostitution. However, a dignified prostitution-as-work attitude isn’t a way to honor women. It simply elevates the sexual industry. Many people don’t know that decriminalization for instance it means that there is a decriminalization for the entire sex industry, not just women. And they don’t think about the implications that legalizing pimps to be legitimate entrepreneurs or third-party businessmen or the fact that those who buy women to engage in sexual pleasure are now recognized as legitimate buyers of sexual sex.

CATW supports decriminalizing women who are involved in prostitution. Women should not be punished for the exploitation she has suffered. However, States shouldn’t make pimps, buyers, brothels, procurers, or other establishments that provide sex.

2. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution and the sex industry promotes sex trafficking.

Prostitution businesses that are legal or decriminalized are among the main factors behind sexual trafficking. One of the arguments that prostitution should be legalized across the Netherlands was that it would aid in ending the abuse of desperate immigrants women who are trafficked to prostitution. A report for the government’s Budapest Group* stated that 88% of women working that are kept in brothels in Netherlands are transported in other states (Budapest Group 1999 11). From 1994 in the year 1994, it was reported by the International Organization of Migration (IOM) declared it was the case that, in the Netherlands alone, “nearly 70 per cent of trafficked women were from CEEC Central and Eastern European Countries]” (IOM, 1995 4).

Its government in the Netherlands advertises itself as the leader in anti-trafficking policies and programs, yet it cynically has eliminated every legal obstacle to pimping, procurement , and brothels. In 2000 The Dutch Ministry of Justice advocated for an official quota of international “sex workers,” because the Dutch prostitution market requires various “bodies” (Dutting, 2001 16).

In the year 2000 also, in 2000, the Dutch administration sought out and got a ruling of the European Court recognizing prostitution as an economic activity, permitting ladies from EU as well as former Soviet bloc countries to get permission to work as “sex workers” in the Dutch sexual industry when they prove they are self-employed. Non-governmental organizations within the Netherlands have claimed that traffickers take the advantage of this decision to lure international women to the Dutch prostitution market by concealing the fact that women are sold to traffickers, and also by teaching women on how to show their self-employment status “migrant sex workers.”

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