Legalizing the Sex trade Doesn't Cut HIV/AIDS

An investigative journalist found that global campaigns to legalize and legitimize prostitution have done more harm than good for women's health.

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For years, AIDS activists and progressives have invested millions of dollars pushing for blanket decriminalization of the sex trade, arguing that if all criminal penalties were removed, including for pimping, brothel owning and sex buying, then global HIV rates would plummet. This hasn't happened. Investigative journalist Julie Bindel, author of The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth (Palgrave, 2017), argues that instead this approach allows far more abuse to occur and has inadvertently fostered the spread of HIV/AIDS. Over two years, Bindel conducted 250 interviews with pimps, pornographers, sex-trade survivors, and legalized prostitutes in almost 40 countries in Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and East and South Africa. She uncovered lies, mythology and criminal activity that shroud this global trade, and found that what works is to penalize sex buyers and decriminalize sellers.  

Source: The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth (Palgrave, 2017)

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