Video: The Laws That Sex Workers Really Want

October 21, 2016 by Justin Lehmiller

“Something I never hear asked is: ‘What do sex workers want?’ After all, we’re the ones most affected by these laws.” – Toni Mac

There are dramatic cross-cultural differences in the legal status of prostitution. These range from complete criminalization to legalized, government-regulated sex work. So which model is best? Well, that depends upon who you ask. One group of people who is almost never asked to weigh in on these laws, though, is the folks who are selling sex themselves. What laws would sex workers like to see and why?

In the TED Talk below, activist Toni Mac–a sex worker herself–shares her thoughts. She reviews the different models of prostitution that exist in the modern world and describes what its like to work under them from the perspective of a sex worker. Her analysis is thought-provoking and well worth a listen. Check out the full video and weigh in with your comments below.

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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