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Sex trade should be legalized and regulated 

Society must be at the point where we can accept that occasionally, for a number of reasons, people decide to engage in sexual activity with a professional

My initial reaction to charitydawnosauras's comment on sex workers (Letters, August 27, re: "Sex work in the shadows," August 20), was that maybe it was satirical. On reflection, though, I have to conclude that she really did mean it when she said "the punishment for picking up prostitutes should be much, much harsher."

Did she entirely miss the point of Meredith Dault's article? The problems faced by sex workers in our ridiculously hypocritical society will not be alleviated one iota by increasing the punishment meted out to those who make use of their services. In fact, to take charitydawnosauras's comment to its extreme, let's say increasing the punishment for clients of sex workers results in said clients forgoing visits to sex workers. Presuming that the aim for most sex workers is to earn a living, how the hell is that going to benefit them?

Legalizing and regulating the sex worker trade would be a good thing and it's really the only thing that would make the lives of sex workers safer. Our society must be at the point where we can accept that occasionally, for a number of reasons, people decide to engage in sexual activity with a professional. —Steve Jamieson, Dartmouth

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