Civil libertarians represent prostitution as a "victimless crime," and argue that it needs to be legalized. Feminist critics counter that prostitution isn't victimless, because it harms the folk who do it. Civil libertarians reply that almost all ladies freely decide to do that paintings, and that it's paternalistic for the govt. to restrict a person's liberty for her personal solid. during this publication Peter de Marneffe argues that even though such a lot prostitution is voluntary, paternalistic prostitution legislation in a few shape are still morally justifiable. If prostitution is usually damaging within the means that feminist critics continue, then this argument for prostitution legislation isn't objectionably moralistic and a few prostitution legislation violate no one's rights. Paternalistic prostitution legislation in a few shape are consequently in step with the basic rules of latest liberalism.

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