New York bill wants to legalize prostitution for the first time
Where is the right to sexual self-determination and a voice for diversity?
Especially among the prudish Americans with their pious, Christian views one would not suspect this headline. Because in most US states prostitution and sex work are strictly forbidden and are punished with fines up to imprisonment. And now they want to legalize prostitution there of all places?
A small exception, where sex work is legal, are only a few parts of Nevada, where besides gambling also the trade with sex has found a room. But now New York wants to be the first federal state to advocate the legitimation of sex work and prostitution. To stand up for the lobby of sex workers, to make them heard. And to put an end to outdated yet controversial regulations and taboos.
In many places, clients of sex workers are still severely punished. Even if the sex takes place in a consensual business under consideration of all boundaries. It is about much more than the exchange of a service: It is about sexual freedom and self-determination. Thus not only the faction of the participants argues, but also a number of New York senators who argue in a 13-page bill for the legalization of prostitution.
It is important to comply with certain limits and specifications. Nevertheless, the politicians around the lobby group “DecrimNY” want to clear up the outdated, conservative-republican attitudes towards paid sex and sexual self-determination. With encrusted views should now be finished!
Promote security and diversity of lifestyles: Legalize prostitution
The aim is to put a stop to the social downward spiral that threatens street youth and illegal immigrants who turn to sex work. Thus, a paid sexual service should henceforth only be allowed to take place at certain locations, thus creating a working environment for this form of work as well. Just like any other profession does.
Diversity of lifestyles is important and needs a lobby that speaks for oppressed groups and gives them a voice. The time has come to legalize prostitution.
Decriminalisation of prostitution and dissolution of ambivalent grey areas
Creating a space for the decriminalisation of prostitution is a difficult undertaking in the USA. Not only is there great suspicion regarding sexual service, which is certainly also rooted in America’s cultural history, but the boundaries between pornography and sex work are also illogically ambivalent. If a sex act is recorded on film, it is strange that in the USA this does not violate the law. The pornography market there is therefore one of the largest in the world. It is growing more and more in the age of the Internet. The boundaries to prostitution are fluid and one moves thematically in an undecided grey zone.
Another problem is that sex workers often become victims of police violence themselves, sometimes acting this way and sometimes that way. Senator Jessica Raven now wants to fight against this problem and legalize prostitution. The former sex worker herself and member of the lobbyist association “DecrimNY” emphasizes the necessity of decriminalizing prostitution.
A milestone for the equalization of realities of life instead of antiquated illusions and tabooing: the aim is to clear up absurd arguments and bring about an improvement in the living conditions of sex workers. Only when antiquated illusions are replaced and brought into line with the actual reality of life of those affected will people in this profession be able to choose for themselves and also live freely in sexuality.
The senators of New York have set an important milestone if they manage to legalize prostitution.