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Paying for sex—only for people with disabilities?
  1. Brian D Earp,
  2. Ole Martin Moen
  1. Correspondence to Brian D Earp, Visiting Scholar, The Hastings Center, 21 Malcolm Gordon Road, Garrison, NY, 10524, USA; brian.earp{at}


Thomsen (2015) argues that people with disabilities should be granted an exception to a general prohibition on paying for sex. In this response, we argue that Thomsen's call for an exception does not withstand careful scrutiny. The concerns that appear to motivate his argument point instead, we argue, to a case for legalization of prostitution, coupled with sensible health and safety regulations.

  • prostitution
  • sex work
  • disability
  • harm
  • prohibition

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