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How we should handle prostitution

How we should handle prostitution

The human rights organization Amnesty International voted this month to develop a policy that supports full decriminalization of prostitution — both selling and buying sex. Anti-trafficking organizations and women's rights activists in the U.S. criticized the move, but others have embraced it, including Washington Councilman David Grosso. He is now considering introducing legislation that would decriminalize prostitution in the nation's capital. Grosso is right when he says that America needs new prostitution laws that "respect the fact that sex workers are human beings too." But critics are also correct that blanket decriminalization is a terrible idea that could...

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