Last week, the world union of sex workers demanded the full legalisation of prostitution everywhere. They referred to examples in Europe (Belgium, Netherlands, etc...), where the practise is legal. They say legalisation will make the profession safer and less dominated by the underworld. But in Europe too, there are many different positions and approaches. They can be categorised broadly into three groups: -prohibitionism: criminalises prostitution by punishing those who engage in it (both prostitutes as well as the people who visit them as well as pimps, madams, etc...); this results in prostitution going underground, with all the violence this brings; this is repression without principles, without addressing the real question as to why there is prostitution in the first place - this position is often found in Anglosaxon countries -réglementarisme: neo-liberal approach close to capitalism's hypocritical stance on things: it's a pragmatic view which says that prostitution has always been around, so let's regulate it and get it over with; let's treat it like any other economic activity; no principles, no gutts, just the old tricks of neoliberalism, based on stupid notions of individualism and self-determination; regularists say women should have the right to choose for slavery; often found in protestant cultures (Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavia) -abolitionism: the only position based on ethical principles; abolitionists are against prostitution, because they say we can not allow people to choose for humiliation and slavery; abolitionists want to abolish the practise by addressing the root causes of prostitution: poverty and insecurity amongst women, patriarchal culture, a socio-economic system that fuels social violence (i.e. capitalism), etc...; they also take strong social measures to emancipate women and to strengthen their social resilience and independence. This position is found in Enlightened cultures (France, Italy), those who take the Universal Declaration of Human Rights serious and who take the following sentence from UN Declaration on the Trafficking of Human Beings to heart: "the enslavement of man by man, as well as the prostitution of persons must be fought". Often found in more left-wing circles. Which "position" do you prefer?