#  Why is prostitution illegal? →

March 11th, 2008 | In Worth Knowing 

Slate’s Explainer tackles a question a lot of people may be asking in the wake of NY Governor Spitzer’s run-in with the law. The answer?

The case for making it against the law to buy sex begins with the premise that it’s base and exploitative and demeaning to sex workers. Legalizing prostitution expands it, the argument goes, and also helps pimps, fails to protect women, and leads to more back-alley violence, not less. This fight over legalization has been waged in the last few years over international human-trafficking laws and proposals to make prostitution legal in countries like Bulgaria, a movement that the U.S. government helped defeat.

Thankfully, Ms. Bazelton also tackles the sensible arguments for legalization.

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