U.N. report recommends legalized prostitution

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U.N. report recommends legalized prostitution

U.S. government investigators in May interviewed the Colombia prostitute Dania Londono Suarez, at the center of the Secret Service affair that cost eight officers and supervisors their jobs and became an election-year embarrassment for the Obama administration. Suarez is pictured here speaking of the issue on a radio show. Photo Credit:AP

A report issued by the United Nations-backed Global Commission on HIV and the Law recommends that nations around the world get rid of “punitive” laws against prostitution — or what it calls “consensual sex work” — and decriminalize the voluntary use of illegal injection drugs in order to combat the HIV epidemic.

The commission, which is made up of 15 former heads of state, legal scholars and HIV/AIDS activists, was convened in 2010 by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and is jointly backed by the United Nations Development Programme and UNAIDS — the Joint U.N. Programme on AIDS/HIV.

The commission recommends repealing all laws that prohibit “adult consensual sex work,” as well as clearly distinguishing in law and practice between sexual trafficking and prostitution.


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