Legalization is a Failure


10 - Legalization is a Failure

Legalization refers to governments like Australia (some states), Germany and The Netherlands that have removed criminal sanctions but also regulate prostitution, attempting to control the prostitution industry.

Is it working? “When Germany legalized prostitution just over a decade ago, politicians hoped that it would create better conditions and more autonomy for sex workers. It hasn't worked out that way, though. Exploitation and human trafficking remain significant problems.”[1]

Legalization of prostitution:
• Opens doors for traffickers, with increase in profits and organized crime
• Mega brothels increase trafficking locally and foreign women are needed to meet the demand
• Increases street prostitution
• Increases child prostitution
• Does not protect the women and children in prostitution
• Increases the demand side by encouraging men to buy more women for sex for profit
• Does not promote women’s health or choice

Generally, legalization normalizes the sexual exploitation of women and children and lets the predators act with impunity.  



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