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Argument: Legalizing prostitution will help the fight against HIV/AIDS

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  • Priscilla Alexander, Co-founder of the National Task Force on Prostitution. "Contextual Risk Versus Risk Behaviour". Research for Sex Work. 2001 - "For HIV/AIDS prevention to succeed, the conditions of risk have to change. The context – legal, social, economic – of sex work has to change, with repeal of criminal laws, access to visas and work permits, freedom of movement and association, and occupational safety and health regulations, to reduce the imposition of risk from above. Until then, it will be heroic, strong individuals that can insist on safe behaviours, leaving those who are less heroic, those who are more timid and afraid, to suffer the consequences of the context of risk."[1]
  • Glenn Betteridge, LL.B., Senior Policy Analyst for the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Quoted in December 13th, 2005. "Report Calls On Federal Government To Decriminalize Prostitution" - "These laws [criminalizing acts associated with prostitution], and the way in which they’re enforced, push sex workers into situations that put their health and safety at risk, and leave them open to stigma and discrimination, violence, and possible exposure to HIV."

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