Since 2002, when prostitution was fully legalized in Germany, at least 55 prostitutes were murdered by clients or by persons from the milieu, and there have been at least 30 attempted murders. Countless other acts of male violence against women (out of jealousy, etc.) up to and including murders and murder attempts have not been taken into consideration. Since 1999, there has been ONE single case of murder of a prostitute in Sweden – the tragic death of « Petite Jasmine », which has been very much exploited by the sex lobby, even if she was neither killed by a john or a pimp.
From Numbers don’t lie : Amnesty International promotes the killing of women
Also, from Sex Industry Kills (which gives figures from all over the world and across the decades, but I am only going to include the numbers for 2010 – 2015 here):
Montag, 18. Mai 2015, Nürnberg-Doos: Name unbekannt (Mordversuch)
Dienstag, 18. Februar 2015, Dresden: Ramona Dae.
Mittwoch, 12. November 2014, Steglitz: Klavdia D. (Mordversuch)
Donnerstag, 31. Juli 2014, Köln: Alma (Mordversuch)
Samstag, 26. Juli 2014, Bielefeld: Name unbekannt (Mordversuch)
Mittwoch, 2. Juli 2014, Osnabrück: Liliana
Freitag, 13. Juni 2014, Gotha, Friernacher Straße: Name unbekannt, 39 (Mordversuch)
Donnerstag, 24. April 2014, Aaachen: Enid Adyero Ayere
Mittwoch, 9. Oktober 2013, Rostock: Tatjana W. (Mordversuch)
Dienstag, 1. Oktober 2013, Hannover: Stephanie W.
Freitag, 19. Juli 2013, Heilbronn: Atanaska Dimitriova Vasileva
Donnerstag, 10. Januar 2013, Euskirchen: Joy
Dienstag, 11. Dezember 2012, Wildeshausen: Name unbekannt (Mordversuch)
Montag, 19. November 2012, Rostock: Yana Monakhova
Samstag, 27. Oktober 2012, Hannover: Andrea B.
Freitag, 12. Oktober 2012, Düsseldorf / Venlo: Helga M.
August 2012, Kiel: Denise Behlmer
Sonntag, 8. Juli 2012, Soest: Sandra V.
Juni/Juli 2012, Hannover: Sonja Mand
Sonntag, 11. März 2012, Röthenbach: Name unbekannt
Freitag, 20. Januar 2012, Düsseldorf: Cristina B.
Oktober 2011, Berlin / Trittau: “Helene”
Donnerstag, 22. September 2011, Stade: Natalia P.
Donnerstag, 22. September 2011, Dortmund: Name unbekannt (Mordversuch)
Freitag, 26. August 2011, Halberstadt: Olga O.
Mittwoch, 17. August 2011, Dortmund: Temenuzkla Y. (Mordversuch)
Dienstag, 4. Januar 2011, Nürnberg: “Tawan” (Mordversuch)
Freitag, 15. Oktober 2010, Jülich-Welldorf: Simone G.
Freitag, 1. Oktober 2010, Würzburg: Lilija K.
Donnerstag, 17. Juni 2010, Hannover: Name unbekannt (Mordversuch)
Freitag, 28. Mai 2010, Halberstadt: Dorothea T.
Dienstag, 25. Mai 2010, Darmstadt: Name unbekannt (Mordversuch)
Mittwoch, 31. März 2010, Berlin-Tempelhof: Monta K.
Samstag, 23. Januar 2010, Hagen: Eunice Okojie
Freitag, 1.Januar 2010, Hannover: Monika Pawlak
If prostitution is made illegal, then naturally there will be fewer prostitutes and fewer murders of prostitutes. But surely it is violence against *all women* that it the issue you should be looking at, not just prostitutes. Here the numbers are less clear-cut:
“In three countries often praised for their gender equality, for example, high numbers of women report suffering violence since the age of 15: in Denmark 52%, Finland 47%, and Sweden 46% of women say they have suffered physical or sexual violence.”
Of course, these numbers may in part reflect greater awareness of the issue in these countries, but you should at least take into consideration that banning prostitution may, to some extent, displace violence against women rather than eliminate it.
First of all, radical feminists do not want prostitutes themselves to be criminalised, we support the ‘Nordic Model’ which encompasses an abolitionist legal model (decriminalising the prostitute her or him self, while criminalising the johns and pimps), plus the level of social support found in the Nordic countries to facilitate exiting the sex industry.
Secondly, this is one post on a blog with over 1500 posts. This blog covers all forms of violence against women, but it is an anti-sex industry blog, so naturally it is going to concentrate on violence against women emanating from the sex industry.
Violence against women and girls is at epidemic levels, even in the ‘better’ parts of the world, but there is very likely to be higher rates of reporting in countries like Sweden, where women and girls feel more able to speak out.
To pick a country at random, I googled ‘violence against women iran’ (I picked Iran because if its poor human rights and women’s right record, but also because it is not in massive social upheaval, like, eg, Syria, at the moment), and this was one of the first results:
“About 88 percent of women in Iran’s Kurdistan Province reportedly experience some form of abuse, among the highest in the country.
“According to the BBC’s Persian service, 66.3 percent of Iranian women experience violence in their lives, but Kurdistan Province and the city of Ahvaz are reported to be the two most violent cities for females.”
Your comment generally is offensive, prostitutes are women too, and I refuse to accept a world where my safety is in exchange for there being a sacrificial class of prostituted women.
Also, prostitution itself (but not pimping or brothel keeping) is legal in both Denmark and Finland, so your point doesn’t really stand.