with eyes open wide
This is a really interesting, informed and well-written article from GOOD. It describes the two lines of thinking about how to “fix” prostitution. One way is to make it legal so that workers will have rights like in other jobs. The other way is to partially decriminalize it so that the people who buy sex are breaking the law, but the women who sell it are not (because they are usually victims of their circumstances).
What are your thoughts? The author gives pretty good evidence for both sides of countries that have followed both paths. It appears that decriminalizing is more effective than legalizing it.
I think I lean more towards the decriminalization because I do believe that most prostitutes do not choose that “job”; rather, they are sold into the trade or victimized in some way to do the work against their will.