Should prostitution be legal in the US?

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Should prostitution be legal in the US?

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  1. Barbwire

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    The whole Spitzer scandal has gotten me to wondering about prostitution in the United States.

    I realize prostitution is legal in parts of Nevada, but what about the rest of the country? Should it be legal?
     
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    Yes, it should. The reason why prostitution is such a dangerous profession is precisely because it's illegal. If a prostitute is assaulted by one of her customers or her pimp then there's little she can do about it. She can't go to the police because she'll be arrested.

    Prostitution should be legalized and regulated the same way it is in the Nevada brothels. It should be subject to business regulations like any other business. The girls would be clean and disease free and it would better and safer all around for everyone involved.

    Hopefully if prostitution were legalized and regulated then it would cut down on the amount of street crime and assault towards women. I'm sure the average man would much rather go to a professional from a reputable brothel than to a drug-addicted and disease-ridden street whore.
     
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    And....it would take organised crime out of the equation......
    By legalising prostitution in the US the authorities would not only help prevent exploitation of workers.....it would also enable the industry to be regulated properly and create a tidy little earner in tax revenue for the government.....its a no brainer really.:uhh:
    Unfortunately, due to the current, conservative attitudes..no US politician would have the balls to suggest it:(
     
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    That pretty much sums it up for me. I'm far from being a fan of prostitution, but as a state-regulated industry, it would have to be much safer for the girls. Unfortunately, there's no realistic way to guarantee that the prostitutes are 100% disease-free because there's a window of time between contraction of the disease and ability to get accurate test results for certain STDs like Herpes (4 months) and HIV (6 months), and I don't think they're regularly tested for Herpes in the brothels. Not to mention, condoms are far from fail-proof at preventing the contraction of STDs like Herpes since infectious areas can spread all the way to the upper thighs. The more partners a person has, the greater the odds that they're going to contract an STD...it's actually far less risky to pick up a stranger in a bar. So visiting a prostitute is always going to be dicey, but that doesn't mean it should be illegal. People have to be allowed to decide for themselves what risks they're willing to take with their health...cigarettes are pretty much a death sentence any way you look at it, but, hey, you can walk into any grocery or drug store and buy yourself a packet of death sticks if you feel so inclined, so why not be allowed to play Russian roulette with your sexual health if you so choose? It's a part of being a grown-up, weighing risks and accepting potential consequences.
     
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    Shit, here I was about to get on my soap box and rave about the benefits of the legalization of prostitution and here is Puss stealing all my thunder. ;)

    Regulation isn't a 100% guarantee that all the evils will be avoided but it is a damn good place to start. In Australia there are many great legal, and very safe brothels.

    There are problems however...

    1. TAX!!! many want to avoid this little burden and will take risks.

    2.Reputable houses wont stand for girls taking drugs, so some girls will find themselves on a street corner anyway. Unsafe for both prostitute and customer.

    There are other problems(I want to see how this thread pans out first :nerv), but legalization and regulation is a step in the right direction.
     
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    Awww you all sound like a bunch of libertarians ... warms my cold little heart.

    For those of you that are interested, see if you can find Penn & Teller's episode on prostitution from their Showtime show "bullshit".

    Oh and for those of you that want an interesting quote on the matter. Quote on Prostitution
     
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    I've seen that episode and it makes a lot of sense. I'm mainly interested in seeing prostitution become safer for all parties concerned. We all know it's something that has always been us with and will always be with us. I think it was George Carlin who said something like, "Why is it illegal to sell something that you can legally give away?"
     
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    Yes. It would be safer than it is now, and I don't see anything morally wrong with prostitution. I think if people want to sell sex, and buy sex, they should be able to.
     
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    i think it should.besides i could pick up a little extra money lol
     
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    Absolutely it should be legal, taxed and regulated. I was a little surprised to see (former) Mayor Ed Koch say that on CNN yesterday. Like HotWheels noted, it's not something mainstream politicians will say in public, even though they may believe it privately. The same is true for pot. I think most educated people, including law enforcement leaders, agree. Just as prohibition repeal did, legalizing prostitution and pot would only hurt organized crime, add to the federal coffers, and improve public safety.
     
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    I would have to agree with PIB, Bluesy, HW, etc. If you make something illegal, you don't prevent it from happening...if the "product" is compelling enough, you allow a black market to be created for it. If you make it legal, you take away the opportunity for a black market to exist, or at least for it to prosper. Does this fit moral ideals? Well, it depends on what moral ideals you hold, but that's each person's own choice. I like to deal in realities...it would be safer for women if it were legal. Any moral debate aside, that point seems inarguable and is definitely a positive.

    I voted "yes"...I wouldn't visit a brothel myself for several reasons (married and have a commitment to faithfullness, don't actually need to visit a brothel, don't want any STD's, etc.) but that doesn't mean it should be illegal just because I wouldn't choose to do it.

    I now have the mental image of one of the long-time NC politicians who is ridiculously conservative just crapping all over himself. :lol (I'm referring to Jesse Helms...for instance, for a while there he insisted nude statues in museums where porn instead of art, among other just ridiculously conservative things.:eyes)

    BD
     
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    I also believe it should be legalised and agree with the above posters on most of the points.
    When younger I visited Holland and the red light district,if I hadnt had a GF at that time, the area and the women appealed to me, I certainly would have purchased their services......as opposed to being single many a time and seeing a street hooker in the states, never has the idea of buying their services even crossed my mind!
     
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    It's just like a survey I saw:

    99.9% of people say that even if drugs like heroin were legalized they wouldn't dare try them.

    Yup ... the war on drugs has been so affected.
     
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    Did you notice how everyone referred favorably to the prospective role of government in regulating prostitution? Don't go getting out your Libertarian recruiting kit just yet, hon ;)

    Very good point :tup Morality is entirely subjective and I'm tired of the whole "moral legislation" rigmarole. Keep abortion legal, legalize gay marriage, legalize prostitution, etc. Let people make their own damn decisions already.
     
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    Here in Sweden the reason why prostitution is illegal has less to do with morality than with protecting women. Therefore it is technically legal to offer one's body for sale for sexual purposes, but illegal to pay for such services. It might sound kind of bass ackwards but it's meant to make it safer for women. If a man is caught with a prostitute, then only he will be arrested. If a prostitute is assaulted by one of her customers then he will be arrested for assault as well as soliciting prostitution.

    There was a recent story in the news here about a senior government official being caught with a Russian prostitute:
    http://www.thelocal.se/10358/20080308/

    I find it interesting how the incident took place back in January, and the story came out a couple of weeks ago, more or less paralleling the Spitzer scandal.
     
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    I lived in germany for 4 years where prostitution is quite open. The guys I worked with were british and I have to say the majority of them shagged a prostitute at least once. These are guys that would never dream of picking up a prostitute back in the uk. I've even been in a brothel a few times, they used to offer these deal of all you can drink and eat for a fairly small cover charge so if we were in a group we'd sometimes end up there just because it was cheap and open all night.

    The think that shocked me about the place was how little they charged. Guys would boast about how they'd be able to haggle the price down to less than forty euros.As one guy told me it was very much a buyers market. Anywho I never really talked to any of the prostitutes they'd tolerate women hanging around because they wanted the male customers but they were quite hostile to women, maybe it was because they were embarressed at having to walk around in their knickers trying to find a customer.

    Anywho the point I'm trying to make is that if you legalise prostitution its going to become very widespread, maybe some of the guys in here find that appealing. But Some women will start using it as
    a safety net they hit some financial problems and hey presto some whorehouse owner is telling you about all the money you can earn. Maybe some women will find it appealing but I honestly believe selling your body has to cause psychological damage. I know people are going to talk about oh the prostitue is in control and they're the dominant partner. Trust me if prostition is legalised the only person going to be in control is the guy with the cash.
     
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    In most parts of Australia, there are two ways a prostitute can work. The casual girls work in brothels, where a percentage (generally 60%) goes to the proprietor. Rates, services and so on are dictated by the brothel. It works for some girls, typically the ones who are doing sex work part-time.

    The other part of the industry are the private working ladies. All it takes is a home, an advertisement and a mobile phone: and the service standards and the rates are 100% her own. There are also discussion forums, much like this one, and the private workers like to get good reviews on these.

    So the legalisation of prostitution does make it widespread (18 year old at university has a choice between working for $x per hour in a take-away or maybe earning much more as a legal prostitute). Generally the women are in charge, and they will toss the men out if they have to. Numerous studies have been done in terms of sex workers in Australia, and the majority are short-term part-time workers (very much like the escort in question for this thread). The studies I've seen show no psychological damage to these girls.

    One high-class woman I saw thought that all women should work as escorts for six months. The theory is they better learn about men, sex and themselves. Certainly to sell yourself, your personality, and your sexual persona at these rates takes some doing. Especially when you think of the reviews and the repeat business you need in order to make a decent living.

    The ugly side of prostitution are the illegal immigrants, and there are many of these around. These girls are enticed to work in countries like Germany, paying visa, airfares and accomodation out of their earnings. These girls tend to be the more desperate ones, haggling rates down to 40 euros, but these girls are illegal sex workers and the brothel owners would be in big trouble if caught. Legalisation makes for a better sex industry (prostitution never goes away as the US shows us), but it does not take away the onus on enforcing the laws that are in place in regards to prostitution.
     
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    Ah, but isn't that the case with illegal prostitution as well? I'd say "yes it is".

    BD
     
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    Lol...

    ...I was wondering if anyone was gonna catch that.

    :lol
     
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    I voted yes just as long as the STDs is controlled and they are not spreading any of it around,because it's the woman's body and if that's what they want to do with their bodies they should be able to.I'm not one who believes in telling women what they can and can not do with their bodies.