Legalized prostitution, part 1

September 30, 2010 at 8:22 am (News, Politics, Rants)

Prostitution has been legalized in Ontario. Or I should say, the things that were illegal about prostitution are now no longer so. One Conservative MP has spoken out against the ruling, and thankfully the government has confirmed they will appeal the ruling.

Not that I really understand the industry, but I can sort of understand the view that legalizing certain aspects makes it safer for sex-trade workers. But I agree far more with the opinion that this decision – if upheld – would increase human trafficking, make Canada the next Amsterdam-esque destination for sex tourism, and be a blow to those who are kept in the job against their will.

The Globe and Mail has a poll on this, and I was rather surprised to see nearly three-quarters of voters believe prostitution should be decriminalized. I struggle a little with that term, because I know there’s a high percentage of sex-trade workers who are not participating voluntarily and shouldn’t be categorized as criminal.

Do you think prostitution should be legalized … if so, why?


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