UN wants Prostitution be Legalized/decriminalized in all Countries

By: System Admin in Human Rights

United Nations (UN) demands the legalization of prostitution in Asia, across the Pacific Region, and around the world.

United Nations recommended the decriminalization of the world’s oldest profession to help curb the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV. ( GMA news)

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. (CNS news)

Pro-prostitution groups are latching onto the global AIDS epidemic to push for worldwide legalization of the world’s oldest profession. The effort, being sold as a way to prevent HIV/AIDS infections, got a boost from a report backed by the United Nations that says selling sex should be legal and from speakers at last week’s world AIDS Conference in Washington, including a member of Congress who vowed to open U.S. anti-AIDS funds to groups that support the legalization or practice of prostitution. (Washingtontimes)
Is prostitution worth it to be legalized?

ProstitutionResearch pointed out 10 Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution:
  • Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution is a gift to pimps, traffickers and the sex industry.
  • Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution and the sex industry promotes sex trafficking.
  • Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution does not control the sex industry. It expands it.
  • Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution increases clandestine, hidden, illegal and street prostitution.
  • Legalization of prostitution and decriminalization of the sex industry increases child prostitution.
  • Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution does not protect the women in prostitution.
  • 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.
  • Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution does not promote women's health.
  • Legalization/decriminalization of prostitution does not enhance women's choice.
  • Women in systems of prostitution do not want the sex industry legalized or decriminalized.
Philforhumanity presented the Reasons Against Legalizing Prostitution  as follows:
  • Morally Wrong: Some (not all) cultures and religions believe prostitution to be morally wrong. These cultures and religions typically believe that people should only have sex with people that they are married to. This belief is extremely controversial and inconsistent.
  • Degrading: Prostitution is considered degrading to everyone involved. This belief is also inconsistent.
  • Forced Economic Reasons: Many prostitutes do not choose their profession; but rather, some prostitutes are forced into the profession because of economic needs with no or few alternatives.
  • Human Trafficking: Many prostitutes are forced into the profession by others; and therefore, prostitution is not their freedom of choice.
  • Violence: Prostitution has a very high rate violence when compared to other professions even where prostitution is legal.
  • Diseases: Prostitution promotes the spread of diseases, since not everyone uses protections.
  • Social Instability: Legalized prostitution results with a higher rate of unmarried men. Furthermore, legalized prostitution increases the rate of husbands cheating on their wives.
Prostitution.Procon.org says:
  • CON: "MYTH 2 - Prostitution is a victimless crime. Prostitution creates a setting whereby crimes against men, women, and children become a commercial enterprise.... It is an assault when he/she forces a prostitute to engage in sadomasochistic sex scenes. When a pimp compels a prostitute to submit to sexual demands as a condition of employment, it is exploitation, sexual harassment, or rape -- acts that are based on the prostitute's compliance rather than her consent. The fact that a pimp or customer gives money to a prostitute for submitting to these acts does not alter the fact that child sexual abuse, rape, and/or battery occurs; it merely redefines these crimes as prostitution."
  • CON: "The ILO [International Labour Organization] report admits that most women 'choose' prostitution for economic reasons. Surely no one can argue that this is free choice any more than the cattle in the squeeze chute choose to go to their death."
  • CON: "Prostitution as an institution is evil. It doesn't matter if it is the 'world's oldest profession', it is still wrong."
  • CON: "I believe that we will never succeed in combating trafficking in women if we do not simultaneously work to abolish prostitution and the sexual exploitation of women and children. Particularly in light of the fact that many women in prostitution in countries that have legalised prostitution are originally victims of trafficking in women."
  • CON: "Regardless of prostitution's status (legal, illegal or decriminalized) or its physical location (strip club, massage parlor, street, escort/home/hotel), prostitution is extremely dangerous for women. Homicide is a frequent cause of death.... It is a cruel lie to suggest that decriminalization or legalization will protect anyone in prostitution. It is not possible to protect someone whose source of income exposes them to the likelihood of being raped on average once a week."
  • CON: "Even if a prostitute is being tested every week for HIV, she will test negative for at least the first 4-6 weeks and possibly the first 12 weeks after being infected.... This means that while the test is becoming positive and the results are becoming known, that prostitute may expose up to 630 clients to HIV. This is under the best of circumstances with testing every week and a four-week window period. It also assumes that the prostitute will quit working as soon as he or she finds out the test is HIV positive, which is highly unlikely. This is not the best approach for actually reducing harm. Instead, in order to slow the global spread of HIV/AIDS we should focus our efforts on abolishing prostitution."
  • CON: "Prostitution cannot eliminate rape when it is itself bought rape. The connection between rape and prostitution is that women are turned into objects for men's sexual use; they can be either bought or stolen. A culture in which women can be bought for use is one in which rape flourishes[.]"
  • CON: "One needs to completely rid oneself of the voracity for cash to see that prostitution, although legalized, can never be a legitimate business because it will always be associated with crime, corruption, class, mass sexual exploitation and human trafficking."
  • CON: "Some prostitution defenders argue that prostitution is an acceptable solution to poverty.... What they mean, but do not say, is that prostitution is an acceptable solution for women living in poverty. Seldom do we see proposals that poor men should make their way out of poverty by welcoming the insertion of penises and other objects into them on a regular basis or dance naked on a stage in front of ogling and masturbating males. The prostitution industry exploits to its advantage the fact that most women and children who are in prostitution come from the most oppressed and vulnerable groups in society."
  • CON: "As long as we point the finger away from ourselves, away from the institutions that blame and criminalize women and children for their own rape, sexual abuse, trafficking and slavery, away from the men who we normalize as - Johns, - and as long as we disconnect adult prostitution and the exploitation of children and disconnect prostitution and trafficking in human beings for the purposes of rape and sex slavery; then we are to blame and we have assisted in creating well-funded transnational criminal networks - dollar by dollar."
Wikipedia summarized the exploitation in prostitution as follows:

Prostitution may sometimes be associated with illegal, abusive and dangerous activities such as human trafficking, sexual slavery, sexual exploitation of children, assault, drug dealing and illegal immigration. One view maintains that this results from prostitution being stigmatized or illegal, or both. Another, however, believes that legalizing and regulating prostitution does not improve the situation, but instead makes it worse, creating a parallel illegal prostitution industry, and failing to dissociate the legal part of the sex trade from crime.

How about the benefits and good reasons of legalizing prostitution?
Philhumanity says:
  • Free Choice: Consenting adults should have freedom of choice as they see fit, as long it is does not restrict the freedoms of others.
  • Free Sex is Legal: Having sex without a fee is legal, therefore charging for something that is not illegal should not make that something illegal.
  • Acceptable Morality: Having sex with someone who you are not married to is legal and morally acceptable in most cultures. Having sex for entertainment purposes is also legal and morally acceptable in most cultures.
  • Less Violence, Rapes, and Human Trafficking: In countries and states where prostitution is legal, it has been proven to be physically and emotionally safer than where prostitution is illegal. Furthermore, legalize prostitution even reduces crime rates, rapes, and human sex trafficking. It is obvious that the number of rapes decreases when there are legal alternatives that are more easily available. Furthermore, human sex trafficking decreases because legalized prostitution decreases the need for middle men or pimps and increases the number of prostitutes.
  • Fewer Diseases: In countries and states where prostitution is legal, the risk of sexual transmitted diseases is slower than where prostitution is illegal. This is because prostitutes have better access to doctors, medicines, sex education, and contraceptives that prevent and reduce sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as condoms. Furthermore, countries that legalize prostitution and require periodic testing for STDs have an even further lower rate of transmitting STDs.
  • Lowers unemployment: Without the illegality and stigmatism of prostitution, more people work as prostitutions. And with fewer middle men and pimps, prostitutes even earn more, thus increasing the number of people willing to work as prostitutes.
  • Big Business and Taxation: Prostitution has always existed and has been proven impossible to be completely eradicate. Therefore, the obvious solution is to turn prostitution into a business that can be regulated, monitored, and taxed (increase government revenue) like every other business.
  • Other Employment: Without less stigmatism of prostitution, it would make it much easier for prostitutes to transition to other lines of work that are more respectable, better pay, and safer.
Prostitution.Procon.org says:
  • PRO: "Prostitution should not be a crime. Prostitutes are not committing an inherently harmful act. While the spread of disease and other detriments are possible in the practice of prostitution, criminalization is a sure way of exacerbating rather than addressing such effects. We saw this quite clearly in the time of alcohol prohibition in this country. What makes prostitution a 'victimless crime' in the sense that no one is necessarily harmed by it is that there are consenting adults involved."
  • PRO: "We chose sex work after we did a lot of things we couldn't stand. Sex work is better. For me, sex work isn't my first choice of paying work. It just happens to be the best alternative available. It's better than being president of someone else's corporation. It's better than being a secretary. It is the most honest work I know of."
  • PRO: "Why is it illegal to charge for what can be freely dispensed? Sex work is no more moral or immoral than the chocolate or distilling industries."
  • PRO: "Criminalizing the sex industry creates ideal conditions for rampant exploitation and abuse of sex workers...[I]t is believed that trafficking in women, coercion and exploitation can only be stopped if the existence of prostitution is recognized and the legal and social rights of prostitutes are guaranteed."
  • PRO: "Decriminalization would better protect people in the sex industry from violence and abuse. Police cannot and do not simultaneously seek to arrest prostitutes and protect them from violence.... Indeed, women describe being told, 'What did you expect?' by police officers who refused to investigate acts of violence perpetrated against women whom they knew engaged in prostitution. The consequences of such attitudes are tragic: Gary Ridgway said that he killed prostitutes because he knew he would not be held accountable. The tragedy is that he was right - he confessed to the murders of 48 women, committed over nearly twenty years. That is truly criminal."
  • PRO: "For HIV/AIDS prevention to succeed, the conditions of risk have to change. The context - legal, social, economic - of sex work has to change, with repeal of criminal laws, access to visas and work permits, freedom of movement and association, and occupational safety and health regulations, to reduce the imposition of risk from above. Until then, it will be heroic, strong individuals that can insist on safe behaviours, leaving those who are less heroic, those who are more timid and afraid, to suffer the consequences of the context of risk."
  • PRO: "It is estimated that if prostitution were legalized in the United States, the rape rate would decrease by roughly 25% for a decrease of approximately 25,000 rapes per year...."
  • PRO: "Sex work is legitimate work and problems within the industry are not inherent in the work itself. It is vulnerability, not sex work, which creates victims. Sex workers should enjoy the same labour rights as other workers and the same human rights as other people."
  • PRO: "Prostitution is not merely an exchange of sexual favors; it is a financial exchange. At this point, individualist feminists rise to defend the free market as well as a woman's self-ownership. This is expressed by the question: 'Prostitution is a combination of sex and the free market. Which one are you against? "Feminists of all stripes should speak with one voice to demand the safety of these women by granting them the same protection as any other woman can expect. Only decriminalization can provide this."
  • PRO: "Decriminalization is not at all a solution to every injustice that exists in the sex industry; it is a starting point. If prostitution were not an underground activity it would allow us to much more effectively address the serious problems of forced prostitution and juvenile prostitution and the other abuses which are part of an industry that operates completely in the shadows. ...[T]here are many who... want other options and they should be given alternatives and assistance. And then there are also those who organize for their rights and are not quitting at the moment and they should be afforded options, their rights, and self-determination as well. Whatever ills are attendant to prostitution, criminalization of prostitutes exacerbates the abuse."
DiversityHuman.com's standpoint is very straight forward:

Legalize prostitution because in the first place, prostitution can no longer be removed from the society. As being said, it's the oldest profession in the history of mankind. 

Second, whether we legalize it or not, there are still many men or even women who cheated and have themselves involve in prostitution. I know it's a lame reason but if you can't stop it then legalize it. The government will also gain out of it through taxes. 

However, in the Philippine context, the biggest driving factor here is being one of the religious countries in Asia. Filipinos love to claim that we are religious though we are not. Study shows that more than 85% do not believe that God exists though they still go to church just for the heck of it. Do you get my point? Filipinos are pretentious. We pretend that we are God-fearing people but survey shows that majority don't even believe that God really exist! 

This would be the major reason why legalization of prostitution in the Philippines is next to impossible.

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Posted by DiversityHuman.com on 22 Oct 2012

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