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Letters Better health for sex workers

Decriminalisation of sex work protects human rights

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 30 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3630
  1. Gillian Abel, head
  1. Department of Population Health, University of Otago, PO Box 4345, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
  1. gillian.abel{at}

Although some sex workers are forced to work because of personal circumstances,12 most of the sex workers I have interviewed over the past 20 years are adamant that that they chose sex work because it suited their needs. They enjoy their work—they just want their human rights to be respected and have the same access to justice as any …

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