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Vilela supports national decriminalization of sex work on the grounds that it would make the industry safer. «Who better able to help law enforcement zero canada goose outlet orlando in on sex trafficking than people who are sex workers and in the industry?» Vilela asked. «If we had regulation, unionization of sex workers and if we fostered a relationship between canada goose outlet sale folks in the industry and law enforcement, it would probably produce much better results.»
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«There’s a bright red line in the feminist movement,» activist and former sex worker Lola Davina told HuffPost. On one side, she said, there are feminists who acknowledge sex work as actual work, and support sex workers’ rights. The other side includes women horrified by canada goose vest outlet the idea of receiving money in exchange for canada goose outlet 80 off sex, who believe that to engage in sex work is canada goose outlet montreal to uphold patriarchy and rape culture.
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