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Prostitution. This house believes that prostitution should be legal.

This looks like a very interesting debate which the readers of Harlots may wish to follow or even to be involved with.

You can read about the debate here.

Defending the motion:
Sienna Baskin
Co-director of the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Centre.

Against the motion:
Melissa Farley
Executive director, Prostitution Research & Education A matter for consenting adults?

Almost everyone would accept that criminal behaviour—rape, human trafficking, sexual exploitation—is closely associated with prostitution. But are these crimes intrinsic to prostitution itself, or are they the result of criminalising it? This debate will try to tease out answers to these questions, and look at whether prostitution is a victimless crime or just another word for sexual abuse; whether prostitution can really be a free choice of profession; and whether it is wrong to buy and sell sex.
This debate will happen online, and starts on September 6th 2010. You can sign up for email alerts to be notified when this debate begins.


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3 comments on “Prostitution. This house believes that prostitution should be legal.

  1. Susan
    5 September, 2010

    The only thing I want to hear from Melissa Farley is how much money she is receiving from the US State Department to peddle her bigotry.

    That’s our tax dollars at work, for those of us who live on the other side of pond from this blog.

  2. stephenpaterson
    6 September, 2010

    The site address has changed when the debate went live. It’s now at


  3. Douglas Fox
    6 September, 2010

    Hi Stephen.

    I have changed the link.

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