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Legalizing sex trade isn't the answer
Description: Re: "Time to make prostitution ordinary business", Letters, Feb. 2 Adelle Shea's claim that you can simply regulate exploitation out of the sex trade by legalizing it is not supported by any evidence. Around the world, countries that have experimented with a legalized/decriminalized sex trade have found that it has not succeeded in curbing abuse and harm and, in many cases, made the problem worse. In the Netherlands, which Shea cites as a good model, city officials in Amsterdam have had to close huge sections of its red-light district due to infiltration by organized crime. In New Zealand and Australia, health checks are done on prostituted persons, but never on the johns who come calling --who is such a system really designed to benefit?
Date: 08 February 2010
Author: Benjamin Perrin, Liu Institute/UBC Faculty of Law
Source: The Edmonton Journal
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