In the debate about prostitution, there are those, like the Dutch, who advocate legalising it, and those, like the Swedes, who want to get women off the streets by cracking down on customers and pimps. Julie Bindel investigates the current debate in the U.K.
Sex Buyers ("the demand")
Discussion of ways that legalized or decriminalized prostitution promotes trafficking expands both legal and illegal prostitution, and fails to promote women’s health or make them any safer.
In 1999, Sweden passed legislation that criminalized the purchase of sexual services, which in essence decriminalized prostituted persons and placed penalties only on the buyers, traffickers and pimps. The principle behind the law was that prostitution was to be regarded as violence against the (primarily) women and children and as harmful both to the persons […]
Overview of the global sex trade with a focus on Ukrainian women’s experiences.
A description of customers, pimps, and the ways that young people get into prostitution. Prostitution, pornography, and other forms of commercial sex are a multi-billion dollar industry. They enrich a small minority of predators, while the larger community is left to pay for the damage.
This article discusses how prostitution is exempted from other kinds of violence and human rights violations, how prostitution is legitimized by distinctions between “forced” and “consenting” prostitution.
Despite the erroneously held belief that legalizing prostitution would empower women, the reality is that legalizing prostitution would only bring more harm to the women being forced to prostitute. As Leidholdt explains, prostitution is not a choice, but a “system of male power over and against women,” in which women’s human rights are constantly violated, […]
“Prostitution is in and of itself an abuse of a woman’s body.” “In prostitution, no woman stays whole.” Discussion of the incest that precedes prostitution, her homelessness, her namelessness, and the dominance and cruelty of men toward women in prostitution. Andrea Dworkin, Prostitution and Male Supremacy, 1 Mich. J. Gender & L. 1 (1993). Available […]