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AIDS A Push For Legalizing Prostitution

WASHINGTON, (UPI) — Supporters of legal prostitution at last week’s AIDS conference in Washington, D.C. cited the global AIDS epidemic as reason to make sex work legitimate.

Advocates used a report backed by the United Nations that says selling sex should be legal, The Washington Times reported Friday.

The report by the Global Commission on HIV — supported by the U.N. Development Program and Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS — called for an end to “punitive” laws, which it said are stifling efforts to prevent the transmission of HIV.

“Rather than punishing consenting adults involved in sex work, countries must ensure safe working conditions, and offer sex workers and their clients access to effective HIV and health services and commodities,” the report said.

Anti-prostitution groups said legalizing prostitution is not the answer and oppose it on moral grounds, the Times reported.

“Legalizing and trivializing prostitution as just another job passes numerous problems on to government and society,” said an editorial in Thailand’s Bangkok Post Tuesday in response to the report. “Who will care for the health of the workers? How can society accept brothels as neighbors to schools?”

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    IF PROSTITUTION IS LEGALIZED THREE CONCERNS COME TO MIND:

    I). How will the practice of “safe sex” be monitored? This situation is “ripe” for “black market” transactions – sex workers could make larger tips fulfilling “unsafe sex” requests; regular HIV-testing would not deter such “black market” transactions if tips are lucrative;
    II). How will security be enforced in reference to sex workers who are “pre-operative” and “post-operative” transsexuals? [In Memphis a few years ago, a "pre-operative" transsexual prostitute was murdered during a transaction]. Female-sex workers also need security measures in place to avoid rape; AND,
    III). Will legalized prostitution be available for both genders? Many male homosexuals are entrapped by law enforcement during “stings” at parks, truck-stops and adult bookstores. Having a “female-only” system would create high probability for civil-rights lawsuits.

    IF SECURITY IS IN PLACE, LEGALIZED PROSTITUTION WOULD END THE DANGEROUS EXPERIENCES FACED BY “STREET-WALKERS.”

    • Sam

      Check your history man a Union General legalized it during the Civil war because his own troops were being taken out of action because of syphlis and clap. So he legalized it so the girls had to get their health cards and it dramatically reduced the number of his troops infected. Also Seattle WA was built into a city on the taxes of prostitutes and the doctors made money too. History proves it works cutting down disease so let’s leave the morality to the preachers Who by the way prayed that a plague to stop all the sex we were having in the 60′s and 70′s would come and make us all MORAL

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