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Civil libertarians represent prostitution as a "victimless crime," and argue that it needs to be legalized. Feminist critics counter that prostitution isn't really victimless, because it harms the folk who do it. Civil libertarians reply that the majority ladies freely decide to do that paintings, and that it really is paternalistic for the govt. to restrict a person's liberty for her personal sturdy. 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 manner that feminist critics preserve, 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 keeping with the basic rules of latest liberalism.

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