10 Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution

10 Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution

by Janice G. Raymond
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International (CATW)
(March 25, 2003)


  1. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution is a gift to pimps, traffickers and the sex industry.
  2. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution and the sex industry promotes sex trafficking.
  3. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution does not control the sex industry. It expands it.
  4. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution increases clandestine, hidden, illegal and street prostitution.
  5. Legalization of prostitution and decriminalization of the sex industry increases child prostitution.
  6. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution does not protect the women in prostitution.
  7. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution increases the demand for prostitution. It boosts the motivation of men to buy women for sex in a much wider and more permissible range of socially acceptable settings.
  8. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution does not promote women’s health.
  9. Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution does not enhance women’s choice.
  10. Women in systems of Prostitution do not want the sex industry legalized or decriminalized.

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Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

3 thoughts on “10 Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution”

  1. As a working girl myself, I don’t want it legalized, just decriminalized. I don’t pay a pimp or use drugs. That’s only a small percentage of the working girls who do that. Society has a big misconception about the profession. I don;t want it legal because if it’s legal, then more women will do it thus driving the prices down. I only do it for the money. If the money wasn’t so good, I’d quit.


  2. I don,t quite see the difference between legalising and decriminalizing. Apart from the details like keeping books and paying tax if this is what you’d like to avoid.

    As for the voluntary part your experience brings again in the light the issue of why there is a market for your services in the first place.

    And this, I’m afraid it is not to be solved by law.
    Food for thoughts, though.


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