Sex workers in Kazakhstan want to make the world’s oldest profession a legal trade.
In mid-May, the yvision.kz website posted an open letter signed by 597 self-declared sex workers that called for the legalization of prostitution and its regulation by the state.
In their open letter—addressed to President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s administration, as well as international organizations, including the UN and OSCE—the sex workers argued that legalization would better protect them from potential harassment and harm done by customers and pimps. Legalization would also pave the way for better health services for both prostitutes and customers and thus, presumably, check the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
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