Decriminalisation refers to the removal of all criminal laws relating to the operation of the sex industry. The decriminalisation model aims to support occupational health and safety and workplace issues through existing legal and workplace mechanisms.
Refers to the use of criminal laws to regulate or control the sex industry by determining the legal conditions under which the sex industry can operate. Legalisation can be highly regulatory or merely define the operation of the various sectors of the sex industry. It can vary between rigid controls under legalised state controlled systems to privatising the sex industry within a legally defined framework. It is often accompanied by strict criminal penalties for sex industry businesses that operate outside the legal framework.
Sex workers rights organizations use the term ‘decriminalization’ to mean the removal of criminal laws against prostitution. ‘Decriminalization’ is usually used to refer to total decriminalization, that is, the repeal of criminal laws against consensual adult sexual activity, in commercial and non-commercial contexts. Sex worker rights advocates call for decriminalization of all aspects of consensual prostitution. Some documents refer to ‘decriminalization of prostitution resulting from individual decision.’ Asserting the right to work as a prostitutes, advocates claim their right to freedom of choice of management. They claim that laws against pimping (living off the earnings) are often used against domestic partners and children, and these laws serve to to prevent prostitutes from organizing their businesses and working together for mutual protection. They call for the repeal of current laws that interfere with their rights of freedom of travel and freedom of association. Many sex worker organizations look towards labor laws and anti-discrimination policies to support rights and fair working conditions. Civil rights and human rights advocates from a variety of perspectives call for enforcement of laws against fraud, abuse, violence and coercion to protect sex workers/prostitutes from abuse and exploitation.
The ‘regulation of prostitution’ usually refers to the criminal regulation of prostitution, but sex worker rights advocates also refer to regulation in terms of both civil regulation and self-regulation. They call for sex worker regulation of businesses, and civil codes regulating sex work establishments with regard to the conditions and rights of workers. Those who call for autonomy support solo and collective work arrangements, and sex worker/prostitutes’ control of their own lives and businesses. The discussion of regulation is primitive and it is difficult to invoke concepts of self-regulation in a context that presumes police control over prostitutes.
N.B SEX WORK IS LIKE ANY OTHER WORK. I WONT STOP FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS OF SEX WORKERS .