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Letter: Rethinking the world’s oldest profession

Re “When an international crisis hits home” (Monitor editorial, Feb. 17):

Is a task force or more police the answer to sex-trafficking? Like the repeal of alcohol prohibition and its regulation destroyed that “black market,” would not the legalization and regulation of prostitution help reduce this black market? If prostitution were legal, yet regulated, it could bring in tax dollars, require testing for sexually transmitted diseases, eliminate pimp exploitation, offer a safer environment and reduce police. In addition, the civil liberties issues would be resolved.

I have no illusions that legalizing prostitution would entirely eliminate sex-trafficking. However, it would free up authorities with their limited resource so they could concentrate their efforts where it most counts – the trafficking of minors.

It’s time to rethink how we should deal with the “world’s oldest profession.”

R. SLOAN WILSON

Rye

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