While some will hold the sex workers should be respected in their resistance to the upheaval, it is the argument surrounding the legalisation of prostitution that should come to the forefront of discussion with regards to the safety of sex workers. Should sex be regarded as a service that can be sold, with the legalisation of a safe space for those who choose to take part, and a crack down on those forced into prostitution? Mary Dejevsky makes the case for the legalisation of brothels, with Julie Bindel arguing that this would lead to the expansion of the industry.
It was reported today that Ian Duncan Smith is threatening to stop heroin addicts from being able to claim incapacity benefits. About a hundred of my patients are heroin users and they are all signed off work. IDS pointed out that it was unfair that hardworking tax payers were paying for the addictions of others. This may well be true but is an attempt to force heroin users in to gainful employment really a viable option?
In recent years a motley crew of government agencies, police forces, human rights activists, feminists, religious groups and celebrities have turned human trafficking into one of the biggest issues of our time.
The anti-trafficking lobby claims that millions of people around the world – mostly women and children – are being smuggled across borders by means [...]
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