How should the law treat prostitution and related activities? Experts debate sex work legalization, criminalization, and other approaches.
Retired call girl Maggie McNeill argues that sex work should be legalized; criminalization, not prostitution, creates violence and adds risk.
Inflating away our deficits is unlikely, argues Jerry L. Jordan; this is fortunate, he says, because of the fundamental unfairness of inflation.
Scott Sumner offers evidence that his preferred policy of nominal GDP targeting is workable.
Prof. Ronald Weitzer argues that prostitution should be treated as a legal commercial transaction, with some minimal regulation for safety and order.
Dianne Post argues that prostitution is a form of exploitation, and that the only proper response is to abolish it.
Steven Wagner argues that prostitutes are not acting voluntarily and thus should not be considered workers at all. They are slaves.
Maggie McNeill debunks shoddy research about sex work and argues that criminalization itself is to blame for the vast majority of remaining problems.
Ronald Weitzer condems the repetition of some common myths about the sex trade.
Dianne Post argues that we measure societies by how they treat the disadvantaged, and in this respect prostitutes are a key test.