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June 14, 2010 Print

Won’t legalizing prostitution make women safer?

by CitizenLink Team

Pro-prostitution forces in nearly every country in the world work very hard to convince the public that prostitution is a choice women make that empowers them. They argue that women should be able to use their bodies as the see fit and be free from the threat of law enforcement. Those same forces also happen to be the ones standing to make a huge profit from exploiting others should the laws against prostitution become lax or abolished. The United Nations estimates that sex trafficking is the second largest source of income for organized crime worldwide.

The only sure way to protect women and children is to abolish commercial sexual exploitation. Women can never be safe so long as they are being consumed for another person’s sexual impulses. People are not commodities to be bought or sold, but human persons deserving of  respect, dignity and freedom from sexual coercion.

The following resources provide excellent background information about the harm of prostitution to women and children and outline solid arguments against legalizing it.

Ten Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution And a Legal Response to the Demand for Prostitution

The Links between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking: A Briefing Handbook

Daniel Weiss is the senior analyst for media and sexuality for CitizenLink, an affiliate of Focus on the Family.