On May 26th, Amnesty International released its final policy of decriminalizing adult prostitution. In its report, Amnesty frames prostitution as sex work, pimps as legitimate sex business operators and johns as customers. This approach to prostitution is irresponsible and has been opposed by more than 600 leading organizations and individuals in the women's rights, human rights and anti-human trafficking fields.
Here are five reasons Amnesty's policy should worry you.
1. It will increase sex trafficking.
Under Amnesty's approach, prostitution would not be legalized (or made legal and then regulated). Instead it would be decriminalized, with limited government regulation or oversight. Prostitution has been decriminalized or legalized in several countries, and the results have been clear: Sex trafficking and criminal activities have increased or, at best, remained constant.