Prostitution is a Fundamental Human Right Not a Crime: Amnesty International

BRAZIL - JULY 16:  Prostitutes work in the Copacabana neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday night, July 15, 2007. With 700,000 visitors flooding into Rio de Janeiro, the Pan American Games are a profit opportunity for prostitutes in Brazil, where their occupation is legal. They can expect a surge in business and double their usual rates, said Flavio Lenz, a spokesman for Da Vida, a group representing Rio's sex workers.  (Photo by Douglas Engle/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Amnesty International wants prostitution to be decriminalized. The group have made their proposal which calls for the ‘decriminalisation of s*x work’ and intends to ask its delegates  to vote for it. But an open letter, signed by more than 400 activists, human rights advocates and celebrities which include stars like Anne Hathaway, Lena Durnam, Kate Winslet and Meryl Streep, questions the issue of consent.

“By definition, s*x work means that s*x workers who are engaging in commercial s*x have consented to do so,” the policy reads. The open letter refuses to agree with this statement, because they believe it would “legalize pimping, brothel owning and s*x buying”, that it won’t protect prostitutes and would create “gender apartheid” favouring only s*x workers who may choose to leave to leave the industry and hurt women who have no choice.

There is no official vote yet, but tomorrow, August 1, will decide how the voting will go. Meanwhile, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women International (CATW) has launched a page, asking delegates to vote ‘NO’ to the decriminalisation of sex work. They have gathered over 4,500 signatures.

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