Here in the UK, traditional attitudes against what Mr Corbyn called the “sex industry” are very strongly ingrained.
Those of us who still practise a particular religion will frown on it as a matter of course, and the rest will associate it with grubby transactions in back alleys, brothels and the like.
Even sex shops, while legal, are places where customers traditionally try to hide their identities, due to shame at what they’re doing.
But there are benefits to health, and also to law and order, if the trade is decriminalised.
And nobody’s going to force people to visit a sex worker if they don’t want to.
What are your opinions?
Jeremy Corbyn has said he is in favour of decriminalising prostitution. The Labour leader made his position clear during a session with students at Goldsmiths University as he went on the campaign trail for May’s election.
Corbyn is thought to have had a longstanding view in favour of decriminalising sex work but this appears to be the first time he has confirmed his position in public since becoming Labour leader.
Asked for his opinion on whether sex work should be decriminalised, he said: “I am in favour of decriminalising the sex industry. I don’t want people to be criminalised. I want to be [in] a society where we don’t automatically criminalise people. Let’s do things a bit differently and in a bit more civilised way.”
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