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I wonder: Is the fight really about the notion that women — grown women — would actually want to be paid for sex, versus, “No one wants to be paid for sex and those who are are victims”? And I find it odder still that girls under 18 who are trafficked for sex work are charged as criminals, when, in fact, they are victims.

I think part of the problem is the wholesale conflation of adult sex work being seen as victimhood. Certainly — without question — there are women who prostitute out of fear (of a violent pimp or boyfriend/husband/partner), addiction, or a combination of both. Those women, grown as they are, are victims. But without question there are women who enjoy sex and enjoy sex work and should be free to pursue it.

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