U.N. Commission Calls for Legalizing Prostitution Worldwide

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  1. jack404

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    A report
    issued by the United Nations-backed Global Commission on HIV and the
    Law; recommends that nations around the world get rid of “punitive”
    laws against prostitution – or what it calls “consensual sex work” --
    and decriminalize the voluntary use of illegal injection drugs in order
    to combat the HIV epidemic.
    The commission, which is made up of 15 former heads of state, legal
    scholars and HIV/AIDS activists, was convened in 2010 by U.N.
    Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and is jointly backed by the United
    Nations Development Programme and UNAIDS – the Joint U.N. Programme on
    AIDS/HIV.
    The commission recommends repealing all laws that prohibit “adult
    consensual sex work,” as well as clearly distinguishing in law and
    practice between sexual trafficking and prostitution.
    The report--“HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health”--cites a
    recommendation by the International Labour Organization, which
    recommends that “sex work” should be recognized as an occupation in
    order to be regulated “in a way that protects workers and customers.”
    Specifically, the commission wants to:


    -- “Decriminalise private and consensual adult sexual behaviours, including same-sex sexual acts and voluntary sex work.”


    -- “Reform approaches towards drug use. Rather than punishing people
    who use drugs but do no harm to others, governments must offer them
    access to elective HIV and health services, including harm reduction
    programmes and voluntary, evidence-based treatment for drug
    dependence.”
    -- “Work with the guardians of customary and religious law to promote
    traditions and religious practice that promote rights and acceptance of
    diversity and that protect privacy.”
    The commission calls laws against prostitution “bad laws,” and said
    criminalizing injecting drug use and prostitution stands in the way of
    “effective HIV responses.”
    “Laws that criminalize and dehumanize populations at the highest risk
    of HIV--including men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender
    people and injecting drug users--drive people underground, away from
    essential health services and heighten their risk of HIV,” the
    commission said in a July 9 press release announcing the report.
    The commission says 116 countries and territories have punitive laws
    against sex work and 80 countries or territories have some legal
    protections for sex workers.
    According to the report: “Some governments deploy anti-human
    trafficking laws so broadly that they conflate voluntary and consensual
    exchanges of sex for money with the exploitative, coerced, often
    violent trafficking of people (primarily women and girls) for the
    purposes of sex.”
    The report quotes Secretary-General Ban, who stated his support in
    2009 for removing all laws which criminalize “sex workers” – or
    prostitutes.
    “I urge all countries to remove punitive laws, policies and practices
    that hamper the AIDS response,” Ban said. “Successful AIDS responses
    do not punish people: they protect them. We must ensure that AIDS
    responses are based on evidence, not ideology, and reach those most in
    need and most affected.”
    Other recommendations include: abolishing national drug registries
    and mandatory HIV testing, and shutting down all compulsory drug
    detention centers and replacing them with voluntary services for
    treating drug abuse.
    The commission specifically recommended that the United States should
    also repeal its federal ban on funding of needle and syringe exchange
    services that inhibit access to HIV services for people who inject
    drugs.
    Dr. Janice Crouse, the director of the Beverly LaHaye Institute at
    Concerned Women for America in Washington, D.C., says the proposal to
    redefine and decriminalize prostitution worldwide is not new.
    “(L)iberals have always used the term ‘sex work’ instead of prostitution,” Crouse told CNSNews.com.


    “They like to legitimize the whole industry that way so that it can
    be regulated and so that it can be considered a ‘legitimate option’ for
    women and give it more respectability. But, the sad fact is in every
    instance where prostitution has been legalized, illegal prostitution
    has flourished,” she said.
    “The pimps all want prostitution legalized; they like that. The sex
    traffickers want it legalized because they gain far more traction with
    their own illegal activities anytime that is the case – it’s happened in
    Germany, it happened in Amsterdam, it’s been shown over and over
    again.”
    Linking the elimination of laws against “sex work” with AIDS is a cop
    out, according to Crouse, because it ignores the role of behavior
    change and personal responsibility.
    “It’s fascinating to me the way they (the report’s authors) dance
    around to avoid addressing the issue of behavior and to avoid the issue
    of consequences of promiscuity,” Crouse said.
    “This is an example; they don’t want anything that would suggest to
    anybody that they ought to curb their sexual behavior. They don’t want
    anything to curb anybody’s enjoyment of sexual activity without
    consequences and all of this is an attempt to mainstream behaviors and
    then deal with the consequences -- and that plan does not work.”
    The U.N.-backed commission interviewed prostitutes, activists and
    public health advocates in 140 countries across the world to come to its
    conclusions.
    The study received funding from the governments of Canada, Norway,
    Australia, the U.S. (through USAID) and from billionaire Geroge Soros
    through his Open Society Foundations.
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    UN's probably gonna get a cut , and if its all legal the new GS will be off the hook with his Mrs ..
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    Sex work is already legal in the US..... I work 60+ hours a week and the guberment screws me every chance they get... I've been screwed hard so many times by them now that you could park an 18 wheeler in my butt and still have room to put your boat next to it.
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    I just dont see it working.It is the oldest profession and will continue on like it alwways has been.The organised crime syndicates will not stop as it is too profitable.If they want to do something positive then attack the human trafficking problem.If they would make prison sentences stick and not give out ridiculously short sentences and early release.
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