Carter Critiques Legalization of Prostitution

In a forceful Washington Post op-ed, former US President Jimmy Carter rejects the idea that legalizing and regulating prostitution empowers women.

Calling prostitution the “oldest oppression”—rather than “profession”—Carter argues that the normalization of prostitution would teach boys that “women and girls are commodities to be bought and sold.” He advocates the “Nordic model,” which punishes the buyers and pimps rather than the sellers.

The Quote: “It is simply naive to oppose sex trafficking of children and women and at the same time support decriminalizing the buyers who create the demand and the pimps who profit from the supply of girls and women.”

The Washington Post (Op-ed)

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