Should Paying for Sex Be a Crime?
Poverty and lack of opportunity are two of the main reasons people turn to sex work. Should the law punish them, or people on the other side of the transaction who create the demand? Criminalizing the purchase instead of the sale means a sex worker can call the police if things get ugly. But would protections for sex worker in turn increase exploitation by pimps and organized crime? There are many factors to consider, but they all converge on one question: should paying for sex be a crime?