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[Correspondence] Response to keeping sex workers safe

The Lancet Editorial (Aug 8, p 504)1 made reference to an open letter2 that has now been signed by over 600 organisations and individuals, and which specifically states, “We firmly believe and agree with Amnesty International that human beings bought and sold in the sex trade, who are mostly women, must not be criminalized in any jurisdiction and that their human rights must be […] protected to the fullest extent”. However, we vehemently disagree that the wholesale decriminalisation of the sex industry, which effectively decriminalises pimps, brothel owners, and sex buyers, will protect the health and human rights of people engaged in selling sex.

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