Proposal for Autumn Congress

Proposal 501

LYMEC Autumn Congress, November 8 to 9., 2019 in London

Author: Venstres Ungdom (VU), Joventut Nacionalista de Catalunya (JNC), Radikal Ungdom (RU) and Jongeren Organisatie Vrijheid en Democratie (JOVD).

Status: [  ] accepted [  ] rejected [  ] transferred to: ___________________________

The Autumn Congress may decide:

1Liberalise the sex industry

2As liberals we believe that:

9Noting that:

  1. 1.

    13In some countries prostitution is illegal.

  2. 2.

    14In some countries prostitution is legal, but it is illegal to buy sex.

  3. 3.

    15In some countries prostitution and the buying of sex are decriminalised, so prostitution is
    16not legal, but it is not recognised as a profession either.

  4. 4.

    17In some countries prostitution and the buying of sex are legal, but procuring and the
    18running of brothels are not.

  5. 5.

    19In some countries both prostitution, the buying of sex, procuring, and the running of
    20brothels are legal.

23Considering that:

  • 24Voluntary prostitution should not be disrupted by the approach to fight forced prostitution.

  • 25It is both unfair and discriminating that in some countries prostitution is decriminalised

    26and thus the sex workers must pay taxes but simultaneously the profession is not
    27recognised, meaning sex workers cannot be members of unemployment insurance fund,
    28do not obtain fair working rights, etc.

  • 29Legalising prostitution without legalising the buying of sex, forces sex workers to work in

    30uncertain environments hidden away from the public as their clients are technically
    31criminals and therefore have to worry about being caught by the police.

  • 32Strict regulation of prostitution in groups, e.g. brothels, deprives the sex workers the

    33possibility of working in the safest possible environment with colleagues and easy access
    34to help, should problems arise.

  • 35It is unfair that sex workers cannot work as prostitutes without having to be

    36self-employed, as being self-employed entails both economic uncertainty and extra work.

37Calls for:

  1. 1.

    38All EU member states to legalise prostitution and the buying of sex as well as making
    39prostitution a recognised profession, giving prostitutes access to health care,
    40unemployment benefits, unemployment insurance funds etc. on equal terms with people
    41in other professions.

  2. 2.

    42All EU member states to legalise procuring, giving the ‘pimp’ the same responsibilities
    43towards her/his employees as any other employer in each EU member state.

  3. 3.

    44All EU member states to legalise prostitution in groups, e.g. brothels, allowing these
    45businesses to work as any other business in each EU member state.

  4. 4.

    46All EU member states to recognise prostitution as a service which should be able to move
    47freely across the EU.

  5. 5.

    48All EU member states to make sure the necessary help is available to sex workers who
    49wish to leave the sex industry, as any sex worker should be able to quit her/his job if they
    50wish to do so. Otherwise, it is no longer voluntary prostitution.

Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Autumn Congress 08 - 09 November 2019.