Adult Entertainment Lowers Sexual Offenses, Research Suggests

Decriminalizing prostitution and adult entertainment could reduce sexual offenses, however, making the world more dangerous for women.

Strip clubs and escort services could cause substantial fall in sex crimes
Adult entertainment venue/Picture credit: Independent

Decriminalizing prostitution and adult entertainment could reduce sexual offenses, however, making the world more dangerous for women.

The findings of a study published in The Economic Journal have triggered the debate on the issue of sexual offenses and the safety of women who seem to be the most vulnerable to sex crimes.

According to researchers, the increase in adult entertainment centers including strip clubs, adult cinemas, and book shops reduces sex crime in the local area where these venues are located. Statistics from a New York precinct had shown a decrease in sex offenses of 13 percent within a week of opening.

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An assistant professor in economics and public affairs at Princeton University said: “Surprisingly, we find that within the time studied, adult entertainment establishments decrease sex crime and have no effect on other types of crimes”.

Dr. Maria Micaela Sviatschi, went on to describe the health issues that arise due to sexual violence including unintended pregnancies, induced abortions, and sexually transmitted infections. The assistant professor also admitted that “little is known about how to prevent sex crimes, including sexual abuse and rape”.

On the other hand, some say that the presence of adult entertainment and decriminalizing prostitution lowers the rate of sex crimes at the expense of women making the world unsafe for this gender.

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In a statement, Rosie Hodsdon, an academic who specializes in the porn industry and sex work said: “But the way researchers are describing sex workers as a substitute for sex crimes is difficult framing because it paints sex workers as sacrificial human beings to keep the rest of society safe. Whereas sex workers desire to be safe as much as anyone else does.”

 

A spokesperson for the English Collective of Prostitutes damned the findings of the research describing it as dubious and lacking credibility.

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