An international academic is recommending the decriminalization of prostitution in the Caribbean.

Professor Kamala Kempadoo of York University in Canada suggests this would help the region get a handle on the sex trade, protect at-risk groups, and fight stigma and discrimination against those engaged in the practice.

The suggestion was one of several put forward by the social science professor during her presentation of the Sir Arthur Lewis Distinguished Lecture on the topic ‘Who Trafficking What? The Caribbean and Human Trafficking Discourse’, hosted last night by the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, in Barbados.

She called on regional governments to take a second look at their definition of human trafficking and sexual slavery, and recognize that prostitution ought not automatically be construed as violence to women or enslavement.

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