In any other occupation where there is a risk of exposure to other people’s body fluids, workers are required to wear masks, goggles, and protective clothing.
Health and safety regulations require RETHINKING working practices to eliminate unreasonable risk. When this is not possible, it is time to close the industry down, like the asbestos industry was closed down.
Any claims that punters respect the women they buy and never use those who are unwilling or appear to have been forced or drugged are exposed as a lie by the comments that punters themselves post on sites like Punternet.
What they say makes it clear that they do not care a jot for the women’s comfort, welfare or health.
This argument is discriminatory and offensive, not least because it implies disabled people are too grotesque to be sexually attractive and are not capable of forming intimate relationships. It is sexist because it only considers men’s sexual needs, and it is exploitative because it requires a class of prostituted women to be available for men’s sexual use.
If legalising prostitution made it safe and reduced the stigma for the women, we would expect to see these benefits in the state of Victoria, in Australia, where the sex trade has been completely legal for the last 33 years. Jacqueline Gwynne draws on her experience as a receptionist in a high-end legal brothel in Melbourne to show that stigma for the women is still alive and legalisation has not improved conditions or social acceptance for women in prostitution.
Are you serious? Do you really believe that men are such weak, fragile creatures that without prostitution they have no choice but to rape women and children indiscriminately?
Are you really serious?
For millennia human communities were egalitarian and prostitution was unknown. Prostitution was invented when men seized control and started the system of male supremacy known as patriarchy.
We believe that prostitution is still a key mechanism in the patriarchal system and that women will never have equality with men while buying and selling women is considered acceptable.
Jacqueline Gwynne worked as a receptionist in a legal brothel in Melbourne, in the Australian state of Victoria, where prostitution has been legal since 1994. If prostitution was really about healing, we’d expect to see a drop in the numbers over the years, as men got better.
But since legalisation was introduced here, there has been a huge increase in men’s demand for prostitution and there are now an estimated 700 illegal brothels in the state, in addition to the many legal ones. To give some perspective, there are only 262 McDonald’s restaurants in Victoria.
Prostitution treats a woman as a commodity that men can use as a sex object, causing her real psychological and physical harm, and in violation of her human rights and the human right of all women to equality with men.
“Anyone who thinks prostitution is a victimless crime hasn’t seen it up close.” (Joe Parker, 2004)
It’s sometimes claimed that the Nordic Model hinders the global fight against HIV, and that full decriminalisation of the sex trade is a more effective means of reducing its spread. Indeed, this is what the WHO recommends. However, investigation shows the modelling studies on which this recommendation is based are flawed; the Nordic Model is incorrectly conflated with prohibition; and the recommendation ignores other health risks of prostitution and the negative impact of full decriminalisation on the status and safety of women and girls. In addition the way the WHO and UNAIDS came to recommend this approach, which is in direct conflict to binding UN human rights treaties, has rightly been described as a human rights scandal.
Comments by punters on sites like Punternet make it clear that most punters are in a romantic relationship with a woman who thinks he is faithful, and if they are not in a relationship, many admit to being too lazy to seek and form one.
It’s sometimes claimed that Amnesty’s research into prostitution in Norway provides evidence that the Nordic Model doesn’t decriminalise prostituted individuals as claimed, and actually causes them significant harm, including forced evictions, deportation, and denial of medical care. However, the research was flawed. International human rights law was misinterpreted, and no general conclusions about the effectiveness of the Nordic Model can reasonably be inferred from this research.
Some people argue that the Nordic Model does not fully decriminalise prostituted women in Sweden, because the police pursue them for sharing flats under laws prohibiting procuring. This article, based on information from legal scholar, Gunilla S. Ekberg, explains why this line of argument is erroneous.
Claims that legalisation makes prostitution safe are exposed as a myth by women who have experienced prostitution under a legalised regime. Alice Glass talks to Alexis and Marie who have been in prostitution in Germany, where it is legalised.
“[Legalisation] serves the purpose of removing the stigma from men to treat all women as potential sex objects.”
- Alice Glass challenges three common myths in the prostitution debate
- Facts about prostitution
- What’s Wrong with Prostitution?
- Prostitution Policy and Law: What are the Options?
- The problem with “safety in numbers”
- Working as a receptionist in a legal brothel proved to me that prostitution is anything but a normal job