A Personal Choice is the front-cover August 9 print edition (and Website) article of the very liberal (not) The Economist, the print edition of which I subscribe to.
In the lead article (page nine), the senior editor in a two-page op-ed calls for world-wide decriminalisation of sex work, noting that the Swedish model works no better than any other sort of law, and the Internet has made the whole issue much safer for both providers and clientele.
More below the orange light district.
The Economist’s position has long been that sex work should be legal (noting it is work), but this is by far its strongest assertion yet. The magazine has international reach to politicians, heads-of-state, and business people around the world, and it's right on the front cover (with artwork). The comments section on the Website has thousands of comments (including mine on the first page, as I have long held it should be legal, regulated, and taxed, as crime can never compete with legal businesses).
In addition, the editor points out that while sex trafficking exists, it is not the bloated criminal ring that many First World governments claim (in truth most sex workers voluntarily do that sort of work). The Internet has largely (in First World nations) eliminated pimps and madams and criminal activity (other than the act itself), something legislation and police have consistently failed to do. The arguments of puritans have never in the history of the human race ended what is sometimes called the world’s oldest profession.
They also note that any alleged child sex trafficking is not correctly named: it is facilitating child rape or enslavement, not sex. There are already laws on the books for that (and ofttimes stronger than child sex trafficking laws).
From that article:
This newspaper has never found it plausible that all prostitutes are victims. That fiction is becoming harder to sustain as much of the buying and selling of sex moves online. Personal websites mean prostitutes can market themselves and build their brands. Review sites bring trustworthy customer feedback to the commercial-sex trade for the first time. The shift makes it look more and more like a normal service industry.