I get really worked up with this issue, so I just wanted to drop by and say that, a couple of ignorants who know nothing about sexism aside, you are a great community which I love reading thanks to your feminist attitude - among other things.
But, now that I’m here, I’ll point out something:
To be fair, it’s a complicated issue. There are women who DO enjoy sex work as their trade. The problem is that, of course, another lot are forced into it, and that’s why a really strong regulation is obviously needed. But I wouldn’t say the abolitionist approach is the answer - it’s been proven not to reduce the slave traffic after all.
I’m not even going to answer to unclepauly’s completely ignorant and misinformed comment. As I said, I get really worked up about these issues and I’d rather avoid it. I’m referring to the one about prostitution, of course.
EDIT: Since it was pointed out to me that I was already responding to the comment, I’ll drop a couple of facts. Drug use is not common for most prostitutes. It is also used sometimes by slave traffickers. It certainly is not usual at all among legal prostitutes. If you want to see how prostitution - legal and regulated prostitution - works, go to the Red Light District in Amsterdam and take a walk. Drug use is not common - maybe weed, but I wouldn’t consider it a determining factor, taking into account that it’s pretty standard to smoke it- and there is no slave traffic.
I’m not sure if enough regulations are in place, as some of them are probably there due to some abuse, just as it happens in the porn industry. But most of them work there because they choose it. Either because they enjoy it, or because they are indifferent to it and it’s well paid. But they do choose it, and they are not drug addicts.
Anyway, I’ve gone off topic, but.
TL;DR: Amsterdam’s Red Light District is not perfect, but legalization and regulation of prostitution seems like the way to go in order to fix many of the problem it has nowadays.