Argument: Prostitution is an illegitimate business

Issue Report: Prostitution


  • Bodil Kornbek, Chairperson of Denmark’s Christian Democrats. “Prostitution Should Be a Legal Enterprise Demand”. Copenhagen Post. Feb. 20, 2004 – “It’s wrong to promote the fact that one person buying another is legitimate. To us, this is nothing more than human trafficking, and it’s completely unacceptable.”[1]
  • Donna M. Hughes, PhD, Professor and Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Rhode Island. “Legalization Will Legitimize the Abuse”. Feb. 1999 – “Legalization and regulation aim to redefine prostitution as a form of work, indicated by the use of the term “sex work.” The renaming may clean up the image of prostitution, but it doesn’t end the violence and exploitation. It only allows criminals and members of organized crime rings to become legitimate businessmen and work hand-in-hand with the state in marketing women’s bodies…
Prostitution is an extreme form of gender discrimination. Legalization of this violence to women restricts women’s freedom and citizenship rights. If women are allowed to become a legitimate commodity, they are consigned to a second-class citizenship. Democracy is subverted.”[2]