Decriminalizing Sex Work

Yesterday, the global human rights group Amnesty International voted to support policies that decriminalize sex work. That includes selling sex, buying sex, or being the owner of a brothel. About 400 Amnesty delegates from 60 different countries voted on the proposal, which is the result of two years of research. Many human rights advocates, including former President Jimmy Carter, pushed Amnesty to adopt the Swedish model—in which sex workers are not penalized, but the buyers are.