In recent weeks we've seen the tension between these two approaches played out between the United Nations - who favour legalisation on grounds of safety - and the women's charity Equality Now, who support the Nordic model. Equality Now describe decriminalisation as a "failed experiment" which has neither brought things above ground nor made them safer. Legalisation, they say, "has empowered buyers, pimps and traffickers".
I myself am unequivocally on the side of Equality Now and the Nordic model. I will be bringing out a report to this effect for the European Parliament's Gender Equality and Woman's Right Committee later this year. [read more...]