Op/Ed: Reform sex work laws to protect sex workers

Op/Ed: Reform sex work laws to protect sex workers

A fine editorial on the need to reform laws criminalizing sex work in the U.S.

The word prostitute — or sex worker, as is the preferred term — tends to inspire the image of young women in short skirts standing on a darkened street corner or someone sitting in a window under a red light in Amsterdam. But sex work is actually more nuanced and broader than most understand it to be. While many forms of sex work are legal, like phone sex and nude dancing, prostitution remains illegal in most of the world.

This illegality heightens the danger of a job that deserves to be legalized. Decriminalizing or legalizing sex work broadly across the United States could increase protections for the nearly 2 million sex workers at risk for abuse and lacking access to workers’ rights in the country.

Sex workers would be able to seek health care, have the potential to form labor unions, be able to sue for discrimination and reap other benefits of employment laws while working a legal profession. Sex workers would also face less violence if they were able to report abuse to police. Sweden, which decriminalized sex work for workers but not solicitors in 1999, saw no sex workers murdered by clients between then and 2015.

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3 Replies to “Op/Ed: Reform sex work laws to protect sex workers”

  1. Karmafan

    Why so so many porn stars go to the Coachella Festival? Are they going there for escort/sex work? Or just going for the music and atmosphere?

  2. mharris127

    Karma, I think it is a little of tab A going into slot B. What better place to rip off unsuspecting johns than at Coachella after they get higher than a kite off of ecstasy, MDMA, LSD, cocaine, heroin or PCP laced weed. The porn chickies can then charge them $5000 for $1500 worth of “escorting” services. Of course only the porn chickies that remain relatively sober can take advantage of these johns like that.

  3. Karmafan

    I follow some porn girls on IG and noticed some of the ones that are well known to escort are all at Coachella.

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