Episode
January 27, 2014

A green light for prostitution?

Exploring the debate around the decriminalisation of sex work.
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A sex worker waits for customers outside of her room in a zone known as 'La Linea' (The Line), in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 02 June 2012. (EPA/SAUL MARTINEZ)

Would decriminalising prostitution give sex workers added protection? UN reports have recommended the decriminalisation of brothel-keeping, pimping and the purchase of sex to promote safer working environments. However, some groups say these recommendations ignore the experiences of survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking while making attractive environments for traffickers, pimps and organised crime. We explore this debate at 19:30 GMT.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak with: 

Darby Hickey @DarbyBPPP
Policy analyst
bestpracticespolicy.org

Aziza Ahmed @AzizaAhmed
Associate professor of law, Northeastern University

Taina Bien-Aimé @CATWINTL
Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
catwinternational.org

Trisha Baptie @abolitionEVE
Co-founder, EVE- formerly Exploited Voices now Educating

educating-voices.com

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