facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

AIDS a push for legalizing prostitution

Aug. 3, 2012 at 8:44 AM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Supporters of legal prostitution at last week's AIDS conference in Washington, D.C. cited the global AIDS epidemic as reason to make sex work legitimate.

Advocates used a report backed by the United Nations that says selling sex should be legal, The Washington Times reported Friday.

The report by the Global Commission on HIV -- supported by the U.N. Development Program and Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS -- called for an end to "punitive" laws, which it said are stifling efforts to prevent the transmission of HIV.

"Rather than punishing consenting adults involved in sex work, countries must ensure safe working conditions, and offer sex workers and their clients access to effective HIV and health services and commodities," the report said.

Anti-prostitution groups said legalizing prostitution is not the answer and oppose it on moral grounds, the Times reported.

"Legalizing and trivializing prostitution as just another job passes numerous problems on to government and society," said an editorial in Thailand's Bangkok Post Tuesday in response to the report. "Who will care for the health of the workers? How can society accept brothels as neighbors to schools?"

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone
2
Louisiana judge rules state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional Louisiana judge rules state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional
3
Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S. Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S.
4
Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit' Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit'
5
Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door Virgin America plane diverted after man tries to open cabin door
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback