A central tenet of Libertarianism is self-ownership. It is the belief that you – and no one else without your explicit consent – can own you. As such, your life, liberty, and property – paramount of which is your body – belongs to you and you can do with those things howsoever you see fit. No one has the right to force you to do otherwise.
The ‘world’s oldest profession’, prostitution - and the wider umbrella of sex work - are the most direct examples of individuals exercising their right to use their body in whatever manner they see fit and doing so in a mutually-beneficial, entirely consensual, and financially-profitable way.
Governmental policies, rules, and regulations that were enacted under the auspices of either protecting sex workers from themselves or society from them have done nothing to help either and have instead – like the Drug War and Prohibition before it have shown – fostered a black market that puts sex workers at greater risk of harm, abuse, and death.
It is time we recognize that sex work is work and return to this long beleaguered group of individuals the rights we never should have taken from them in the first place.
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