Research-to-Action

Why It's Time to Legalize Prostitution

The Daily Beast
Friday, August 15, 2014

A prostitute has a 45 to 75 percent chance of experiencing workplace violence at some point, according to recent research, and a 32 percent to 55 percent likelihood that she or he was victimized the past year. Worker safety, along with concerns about exploitation and objectification, are behind much of the continued support for keeping prostitution illegal.

But there's a movement afoot to challenge conventional wisdom about prohibition. Or, rather, to incorporate what we already know about black markets into our thinking about sex workers and their rights.