In “The Laws That Sex Workers Really Want,” Toni Mac discusses the reality of legalization in regards to sex work and their effects. Mac’s purpose is to show the audience the four legal models that are being used around the world and demonstrate why they don’t work. Then, explain the model that sex workers themselves think would work best, decriminalization (“The Laws”). She shares her own stories and experiences to help make her argument and to add to the effectiveness of her use of the rhetorical strategies. She uses all three of them, at least to some extent, but with a heavier focus on pathos and ethos over logos.
The speaker, Toni Mac, introduces herself as a sex worker and closes her speech by sharing about her involvement in sex worker-led groups like the Sex Worker Open University and the English Collective of Prostitutes. Clearly, due to her close relationship with the issue, she is trying to persuade anyone with an interest in human rights issues to support decriminalization. She explains decriminalization as “the removal of laws that punitively target the sex industry, instead treating sex work much like any other kind of work.” By treating sex work like any other profession, it takes away many of the problems associated with it.
She begins by challenges each of the four legal models being used around the world today including full criminalization, partial criminalization, the Swedish or Nordic Model and legalization and how each of them causes harm. Then she