Gay-Rights Groups Back Call for Decriminalizing Sex Trade

Gay-rights groups are supporting Amnesty International’s call for decriminalizing prostitution.

“For many LGBT people, participation in street economies is often critical to survival, particularly for LGBT youth and transgender women of color who face all-too-common family rejection and vastly disproportionate rates of violence, homelessness, and discrimination,” the groups said in a statement on Thursday.

The effort was reported by The Christian Post.

“Laws criminalizing sexual exchange — whether by the seller or the buyer — impede sex workers’ ability to negotiate condom use and other boundaries, and force many to work in hidden or remote places where they are more vulnerable to violence,” the statement said.