The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday suggested to the Union Government to legalize prostitution if it was not possible to curb it by laws.
The court said legalizing sex trade would be a better option to avoid trafficking of women and children and pointed out that nowhere in the world was prostitution curbed by punitive measures. The bench said child trafficking and sex trade were flourishing because of poverty which needs to be tackled.
Justices Dalveer Bhandari and AK Patnaik, who were hearing a PIL filed by NGOs Bachpan Bachao Andolan and Childline complaining about large-scale child trafficking in the country, told Solicitor-General Gopal Subramaniam, “When you say it is the world’s oldest profession and when you are not able to curb it by laws, why don’t you legalize it? You can then monitor the trade, rehabilitate and provide medical aid to those involved. The sex workers have been operating in one way or the other and nowhere in the world have they been able to curb it by legislation.”