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§ I ran across an editorial the other day. A few years ago...the mayor of Denver wanted the daily newspapers to run pictures of johns arrested. He felt that a little public humiliation would help stem the flow of sex customers into a high solicitation area of the city. I know they've considered doing that in other cities. The two daily newspapers refused.
What good would publizing the john's pictures do...
or making the penalties for solicitation harsher?
Prostitution...if not THE oldest...is certainly one of the oldest professions in the world.
It's not going to go away. If criminalizing hasn't stopped it by now...how is the continued prohibition going to change anything?
When you prohibit a natural human behavior...
you drive it underground and encourage criminal elements. Most of the problems associated with Prostitution exist because it is prohibited.
I SAY LEGALIZE IT!!!
If it were legal...brothels would be the main areas for these activities...
not street solicitation...there'd be no need for a "black market".
This would save state and local governments the cost
of prosecuting and jailing those involved in the profession.
Brothels could be licensed
and inspected...the women and men licensed and as part of the license requirements...go through regular health screening for STDs.
States...cities...etc...could collect taxes...
which would certainly be one way they could benefit from legalizing the industry.
You've probably read about the widespread international sex slave trade.
Women and CHILDREN are being abducted and shipped to other countries and forced to work as Prostitutes. A legalized system would allow greater policing. Whenever there was evidence of underage workers...or those being held against their will...then prosecute those responsible.
I'd like to see the women and men involved in the industry
have a labor union...and health and retirement benefits...
just like other workers in this society.
I say society needs to quit being hypocritical
and acknowledge that Prostitution exists...that it will always exist and then pass the laws necessary to protect the workers...the customers and the communiy.
(Just between you and me...I bet that some of those folks proclaiming it's evil most loudly are sneaking and getting theirs)
2/4/2006 9:25 am
KMS, absolutely, think of all the man hours used by police that could be directed to other crime areas.....|
Taxes from the brothels plus the income taxes from individuals who are obviosly not paying taxes now!!
And the monies generated from proper licensing of these individuals would be another stream of income into the cities and states budget funds.
A mandated per centage of licensing/taxes going to public health care in the licensing state.
the mixing of the religion/morality to such an extreme in the past election years will stifle any movement to even debate this topic. Imagine the labeling of the candidate/political party that suggests such a thing.
2/4/2006 10:20 am
Oh...believe me...I can imagine the uproar. But until someone/party
has the courage to get past the hypocrisy...the problem
isn't going to get any better. And given the way things are going in the country...will probably get worse.
2/9/2006 5:15 pm
It would be interesting to see some studies from countries that do have legal prostitution. I believe australia does. I wonder if there would be an increase in prostitution if it was legal?|
I agree with myg - too much of the dialog in politics today is about the social agenda - what people should and should NOT be able to do. Just think of the employment opportunities - more people working - competition - tax revenues. Oh well - there goes my chances in the next election!
2/9/2006 7:05 pm
It would make an interesting post. I think I will do some research on that. There probably have been studies on the results of legalized prostitution.