By Mary Lucille Sullivan
Backing up thought and important literature with tough facts, this publication refutes the concept that legalization of prostitution can be anything yet a dangerous contributor to the commodification of girls. It explores the fallacy of the "cottage industry," the position of monetary associations in assisting prostitution, the parable of go out courses, the conflation of felony and unlawful intercourse industries, the matter of employing occupational wellbeing and fitness and protection criteria to prostitution, and the threat of intercourse trafficking.
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In a similar way to proprostitution advocates, this stream of thinking does not consider prostitution per se as the problem. 18 Australian lawyer Marcia Neave writes from the above standpoint. She maintains that the ‘whore’ identity is founded on the ‘distinction between the “innocent victim” who deserves pity and 17. I offer more extensive analyses of these feminist debates in my PhD which formed the basis for this book. See Making Sex Work: The experience of legalised prostitution in Victoria, Australia, The University of Melbourne, 2004.
Culturally supported tactics of power and control facilitate the recruitment or coercion of women and children into prostitution and effectively impede their escape (1991, p. 144). Thus while a woman may enter a contract to be prostituted, this does not mean that she does so of her own free will. One of the more insidious consequences of the forced-free distinction is that it promotes the idea that prostitution per se is harmless and that it is only a problem under specific sets of conditions. As Janice Raymond argues, this paradigm is ‘used to make some forms of prostitution acceptable and legitimate, revising the harm that is done to women in prostitution into a consenting act and excluding prostitution from the category of violence against women’ (1998a, p.
Leidholdt draws the inevitable conclusion that while sex trafficking ‘intensifies the dynamics of power and control that characterise domestic prostitution,’ the commonalities between the two ‘far overshadow their differences’ (2003, p. 8). The limitations of legitimising prostitution on the basis of consent is recognised in the Protocol to the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime – to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking In Persons, Especially Women and Children, the principal human rights instrument for dealing with global trafficking.
Making Sex Work: A Failed Experiment with Legalised Prostitution by Mary Lucille Sullivan