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Amnesty approves policy to decriminalize sex trade

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM
In this Friday, May 16, 2014 file photo, a discarded bra lies on the ground outside an informal bar that allegedly employed sex workers after a government raid on the illegal mining camp in La Pampa in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. Amnesty International approved a controversial policy Tuesday, August 11, 2015 to endorse the decriminalisation of the sex trade, rejecting complaints by women’s rights groups who say it is tantamount to advocating the legalisation of pimping and brothel owning.

LONDON (AP):

Amnesty International approved a controversial policy yesterday to endorse the de-criminalisation of the sex trade, rejecting complaints from some women's rights groups who say it is tantamount to advocating the legalisation of pimping and brothel owning.

At its decision-making forum in Dublin, the human-rights watchdog approved the resolution to recommend "full decriminalisation of all aspects of consensual sex work". It argues its research suggests decriminalisation is the best way to defend sex workers' human rights.

"We recognise that this critical human-rights issue is hugely complex, and that is why we have addressed this issue from the perspective of international human-rights standards," said Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International. "We also consulted with our global movement to take on board different views from around the world."

Amnesty's decision is important because it will use its heft to lobby governments around the world to accept its point of view.