“What we’re asking is that the reports (advocating legalisation) be appealed or amended,” said Lauren Hersh, a former domestic violence prosecutor and head of Equality Now’s anti-trafficking programme.
The reports published last year – HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health and Sex Work and the Law in Asia and the Pacific – conclude that criminalising sex workers and their clients encourages punitive law enforcement practices that increase prostitutes’ vulnerability to HIV infection due to stigma and discrimination as well as restricted access to condoms, HIV services and other sexual health and education services.
Equality Now disputes those findings, saying both reports contain “incomplete and misleading information” on the effects of legalising prostitution and the Nordic model – an approach which lifts all punitive measures against people in prostitution while criminalising the purchase of sex in order to reduce the demand that fuels prostitution and sex trafficking. [read more...]
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