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Berlingske - Denmark | Monday, November 26, 2012

Denmark must rethink its prostitution policy

In Denmark the centre-left government decided on Sunday not to criminalise clients for paying for sex, in opposition to the coalition agreement. A reasonable if inadequate decision, the conservative daily Berlingske writes: "This resolution fails to answer the question of what society can do to prevent involuntary prostitution, and above all to hinder the sexual exploitation of many women from other countries. Should Denmark adopt the policy of Germany or the Netherlands, where prostitution is accepted and prostitutes are integrated into the economy [through registration and taxation]? ... The decision not to ban the purchase of sex must not stand alone. Our government must continue its fight against prostitution while orienting itself on the real world and refraining from hypocritically pointing its finger, the policy that has dominated so far."

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