Aryeh Neier writes on the oldest Public Policy puzzle PPP – whether to prohibit or legalise prostitution?
Prohibition has proved harmful when applied to consenting adults’ use of liquor or drugs. Bringing such practices out of the shadows encourages the development of measures that mitigate its associated evils. The same is true of transactional sex.
The focus of public policy regarding prostitution should be to prevent violence and coercion, as well as to stop the spread of infectious diseases – which is exactly what Amnesty is recommending. There is little doubt that Shaw, who was convinced that women and men alike should be free to engage in commercial transactions that do not harm others, would have approved.
Oldest yet still remains unresolved…