Legalized Prostitution Increases Human Trafficking

first_imgErik Voeten on June 13, 2013One of the advertised advantages of legalizing prostitution is that it should reduce illegal human trafficking. The theory is that customers will favor legal over trafficked prostitutes, thus reducing demand for the latter. Yet, legalization may also raise overall demand for prostitution. This increase in the size of the market may lead to more trafficking even if  most customers prefer legal prostitutes.Seo-Young Cho, Axel Dreher, and Eric Neumayer find in a recently published article in World Development that this latter effect dominates empirically:  countries that legalized have larger reported inflows of human trafficking than similar countries where prostitution is illegal. They also found this effect in a more detailed study of Sweden, Germany and Denmark, which changed their prostitution laws.Eric Neumayer reflects on some of the implications and caveats of the study here, including the difficult data issues that are inherent to a study like this. It may be difficult for customers to distinguish legalized from trafficked prostitution, perhaps partially because prostitution is not always fully legalized. There may also be benefits of legalization for working conditions. Yet, the point that legalizing prostitution can make consumption more desirable (or acceptable) to a broader audience (and lead to negative consequences) strikes me as both plausible and important. Perhaps there is something to be said for the Swedish policy, which makes it illegal to buy sexual services but not to sell them. As Eric Neumayer points out:The number of human trafficking victims in 2004 in Denmark, where it is decriminalised, was more than four times that of Sweden, where it is illegal, although the population size of Sweden is about 40 per cent larger. read more

Police investigate possible hate crime in Rushville

first_imgRUSHVILLE, Ind. – The victim of an alleged beating says he was targeted because of his skin color.Rushville Police were called after the battery reportedly occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 1.The victim, a black male, told police he was battered by one or more white men that were using racially charged slurs during the attack.“The specifics of the language used are sensitive to the continuing investigation of this incident,” Rushville Police Chief Craig Tucker said.The incident remains under investigation as Tucker said evidence has been handed over to the Rush County Prosecutors Office for a review to determine if, or what criminal charges will be filed.The police chief told us that a determination could be made as early as Friday. A conviction for a hate crime could carry a harsher sentence.last_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: Dino Babers lands 1st commit, 2016 OL Airon Servais

first_img Published on December 8, 2015 at 5:47 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: Dino Babers will prioritize northeast talentNew SU recruiting policy complicating management of scholarshipsSyracuse football recruiting: Offensive tackle Sam Heckel becomes 11th member of Class of 2016Class of 2016 offensive tackle Cam DeGeorge discusses commitment to SyracuseSyracuse football recruiting: Class of 2016 offensive tackle Noel Brouse verbally commits to Syracuse AdvertisementThis is placeholder textServais also had offers from 11 other schools according to, including Bowling Green, where Babers was the head coach until Saturday, as well as Eastern Illinois and Harvard.Servais is the fourth offensive lineman in Syracuse’s 2016 class, joining Cam DeGeorge, Noel Brouse and Sam Heckel. The Orange’s previous coaching staff told Heckel that only one spot remained in the class before Heckel committed.Servais is SU’s first commitment since Oct. 5. Comments Class of 2016 offensive lineman Airon Servais has verbally committed to Syracuse, he tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. His commitment is the Orange’s first under head coach Dino Babers and is SU’s 16th member of its 2016 class.Syracuse’s offer was his first Power Five offer, per multiple recruiting services. The 6-foot-6, 270 pound Ashwaubenon (Wisconsin) High School product is listed as having two stars on Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more