Sex Work

09.21.131:02 PM ET

Keeping Prostitution Illegal

Equality Now is calling on the UN to recognize contradictions that jeopardize women's safety.

Women’s rights organization Equality Now has launched a campaign calling on the United Nations to reexamine studies contradicting its own policies on sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. Though efforts to legalize prostitution were meant to destigmatize and better regulate the trade, Equality Now says they have not made sex work safer. Instead, they endorse the Swedish or Nordic method of decrminalizing prostitutes but criminalizing pimps and buyers. "This approach," they write, "recognizes the inherent inequality in the power dynamic between the buyer and the person bought in a commercial sex transaction, and that demand for commercial sex is the main driving force behind sex trafficking."