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Open Society Foundation’s “10 Reasons to Decriminalize Sex Work”

The Open Society Foundation (OSF) has updated their 2012 brief on the decriminalization of sex work.

1. Decriminalization respects human rights and dignity.
2. Decriminalization helps protect against violence and abuse.
3. Decriminalization challenges police abuse and violence.
4. Decriminalization improves access to justice.
5. Decriminalization challenges the consequences of having a criminal record.
6. Decriminalization improves access to health services.
7. Decriminalization reduces risk of HIV and sexually transmitted infections.
8. Decriminalization promotes safe working conditions.
9. Decriminalization allows for effective responses to trafficking.
10. Decriminalization challenges state control over bodies and sexuality.

Read the full brief at