Egypt’s Council for Women criticises Amnesty decriminalising sex trade vote

Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) has criticised a recent Amnesty International (AI) vote in favour of adopting a policy that supports decriminalisation of the sex trade, including prostitution.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the NCW described the vote as contradictory to “public morality and human dignity.”

On Tuesday, Amnesty approved a resolution that recommends “full decriminalisation of all aspects of consensual sex work.”

The London-based watchdog argued that the new policy is the best way to defend sex workers’ human rights and lessen the risk of abuse and violations they face. It said that there was evidence that criminalisation of consensual adult sex work can lead to increased human rights violations against sex workers.

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