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Proposal for Autumn Congress 08 - 09 November 2019

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Submitted at Wednesday, 9. October 2019 um 21:04 Uhr, in category "Chapter 5 – Employment and Social Rights" with No. 501. Author/s: "Venstres Ungdom (VU), Joventut Nacionalista de Catalunya (JNC), Radikal Ungdom (RU) and Jongeren Organisatie Vrijheid en Democratie (JOVD)..

The Autumn Congress may decide:

Liberalise the sex industry

As liberals we believe that:

  • Every individual has the right to decide over its own body.

  • As long as other people's way of life does not affect you, you should not interfere in their life.

  • All individuals should be tolerant and respectful of different choices of life, even if they do not personally agree with it.

  • Self-determination is one of the most important rights of an individual.


Noting that:

  • Human trafficking is illegal and can never be justified.

  • Prostitution should not be legal to anyone below the age of 18. 

  • There are 5 main laws regarding prostitution in the EU;

  1. In some countries prostitution is illegal.

  2. In some countries prostitution is legal, but it is illegal to buy sex.

  3. In some countries prostitution and the buying of sex are decriminalised, so prostitution is not legal, but it is not recognised as a profession either.

  4. In some countries prostitution and the buying of sex are legal, but procuring and the running of brothels are not.

  5. In some countries both prostitution, the buying of sex, procuring, and the running of brothels are legal.

  • The many different prostitution laws within the EU complicates the free movement of services.


Considering that:

  • Voluntary prostitution should not be disrupted by the approach to fight forced prostitution.

  • It is both unfair and discriminating that in some countries prostitution is decriminalised and thus the sex workers must pay taxes but simultaneously the profession is not recognised, meaning sex workers cannot be members of unemployment insurance fund, do not obtain fair working rights, etc.

  • Legalising prostitution without legalising the buying of sex, forces sex workers to work in uncertain environments hidden away from the public as their clients are technically criminals and therefore have to worry about being caught by the police.

  • Strict regulation of prostitution in groups, e.g. brothels, deprives the sex workers the possibility of working in the safest possible environment with colleagues and easy access to help, should problems arise.

  • It is unfair that sex workers cannot work as prostitutes without having to be self-employed, as being self-employed entails both economic uncertainty and extra work.


Calls for:

  1. All EU member states to legalise prostitution and the buying of sex as well as making prostitution a recognised profession, giving prostitutes access to health care, unemployment benefits, unemployment insurance funds etc. on equal terms with people in other professions.

  2. All EU member states to legalise procuring, giving the ‘pimp’ the same responsibilities towards her/his employees as any other employer in each EU member state.

  3. All EU member states to legalise prostitution in groups, e.g. brothels, allowing these businesses to work as any other business in each EU member state.

  4. All EU member states to recognise prostitution as a service which should be able to move freely across the EU.

  5. All EU member states to make sure the necessary help is available to sex workers who wish to leave the sex industry, as any sex worker should be able to quit her/his job if they wish to do so. Otherwise, it is no longer voluntary prostitution.

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