SEATTLE, DHAKA & CHITTAGONG — When considering sex work from a women’s empowerment angle as opposed to one of oppression, there is evidence that legalizing prostitution can have individual and economical benefits. Prostitution in the Netherlands has been operating under a successful regulated system for nearly two decades. The regulatory practices that limit sex behavior are critical in understanding the way in which different societies view sex and sexual activity and understanding the benefits of legalizing prostitution.
Not only is prostitution guaranteed on the basis of societal structure but the decision by women to enter the sex industry is not often made lightly. Poverty, homelessness, gender inequality and sex discrimination are all issues that can drive women to become sex workers. Poverty can be a significant factor that forces women into prostitution to survive. From an economic standpoint, prostitution is considered logical because it can afford a better living than would be possible with any other legal alternative depending on an individual’s qualifications and education level.