Is there a link between legalisation of prostitution and incareased sex trafficking?
Germany has announced that human trafficking crimes in the country have increased 70% in the last five years. In the past year alone, trafficking cases have increased by 11% with at least 20% of the victims being underage, Amanda Kloer reports on the End Human Trafficking blog.
She says that the policy to legalise prostitution and brothels in Germany in 2002 with the aim of reducing sex trafficking, providing safer conditions and removing some of the stigma of being a sex worker has clearly failed on all counts.
Although she says that there are other reasons to account for the growth in human trafficking, these new statistics should "give serious pause to the people who have claimed legalisation is the answer to reducing sex trafficking and violence in the industry."