Sunday, August 16, 2015
Amnesty International Works To Decriminalize Sex Workers And Their Clients.
If someone is found in the possession of less than a 10-day supply of anything from marijuana to heroin, he or she is sent to a three-person Commission for the Dissuasion of Drug Addiction, typically made up of a lawyer, a doctor and a social worker. The commission recommends treatment or a minor fine; otherwise, the person is sent off without any penalty. A vast majority of the time, there is no penalty.
Fourteen years after decriminalization, Portugal has not been run into the ground by a nation of drug addicts. In fact, by many measures, it's doing far better than it was before.'
There is now a need to try something outrageous again. In doing so, millions of lives around the world would be affected, and saved!
Amnesty International has been working for years trying to come to grips with the fate of millions of unfortunate women globally who are abused in one way or another as a direct result of the sex worker trade. They have seen women mistreated, raped and even killed in this trade and they are trying to initiate policies which will globally impact this assault on women.
They will have to tiptoe through the legislatures of all countries regarding what is allowed or not. This is made even more difficult when you throw differing cultural norms into the mix... like rapists being allowed to marry their underage victims and getting off scott free!
After extensive work done in four countries involving numerous agencies, Amnesty International has now cleared a huge bar and has voted to take up the issue in a definitive way... work toward the Decriminalization of sex workers.