In an open letter, a group of Hollywood stars including Oscar-winning actors Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson, have called on Amnesty International to reject a proposal endorsing the decriminalization of the sex trade. The human rights group is set to review its internal policy on sex work at a meeting in Dublin next month. According to the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), a change would “in effect advocate the legalization of pimping, brothel owning and sex buying—the pillars of a $99bn global sex industry“—if adopted. An online campaign against the policy on Change.org has received 3000 signatures since being posted last week, and the letter was also signed by women’s rights campaigners, former workers in the sex trade, and other celebrities such as actors Emily Blunt, Lena Dunham and Anne Hathaway. Amnesty’s consideration stems from evidence that criminalizing consensual adult sex work often leads to greater abuse against sex workers. It is in the final stages of receiving feedback and has not made a decision to adopt the policy or not.
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