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    Re: San Francisco weighs decriminalizing prostitution

    Also the standard is to prove that legalized prostituion is worse then criminalized prostitution.

    Even if legalized prostitution was no better for the prostitutes at all, it has various other benefits for broader society (being able to control where it goes on, taxing it, etc.)

    You can't stop prostitution.
    And why does your tone suggest that you do not care about children?

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    Re: San Francisco weighs decriminalizing prostitution

    Legalize and regulate. Safer for everyone involved.

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    Re: San Francisco weighs decriminalizing prostitution

    Someone very close to me has worked in the sex industry for just over a decade, and she has said on many occasions that the biggest hinderance to her life and the life of her co-workers is not potential abuses, but the law.

    Where prostitution is illegal, it does a double whammy. Women who are abused and seek help with law enforcement instead have the law turn on them, or treat them badly because for many breaking the law is something immoral. The courts are less likely to feel sympathy for rape victims when they are prostitutes; those who abuse prostitutes tend to get off easier because their victim was seen as doing something "immoral" anyway.

    Systemic bias against prostitutes prevents those who want to get out from doing so. Many become defacto slaves to their pimps because they cannot run to any official agency to beg for help. Those that run to the law if they are raped or held captive by anyone risk having the law turn on them. Immigrants who are willingly lured from overseas with the promise of lucrative opportunities in the sex industry (i.e. more money) can easily become indentured servants if they are not careful. If it were legalized, this would be a non-issue. It would take the power away from the creeps that routinely seek pleasure in holding people captive.

    On the flipside, those that want to do this line of work lack the agency to do so because the law prevents them from forming working groups, registration databases (to track people who go missing), institutions where they can report bad clients to (right now this process is currently very underground), and regulate standard prices.

    This industry is going to exist one way or another, and it is an industry that caters to all levels of society. Rich and poor people alike use prostitution services. The fact that it is not legal shows that our society, on a surface level, likes to pretend that certain needs don't exist, and that our collective morality is somehow "better than that". That is not the truth. The sex industry as a whole is number two only to the movie industry in North America in terms of profits, it's time we realize the reality of what is really going on.

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    Re: San Francisco weighs decriminalizing prostitution

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    Legalize and regulate. Safer for everyone involved.
    And reality, facts and studies that say otherwise be damned!

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    Re: San Francisco weighs decriminalizing prostitution

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    And reality, facts and studies that say otherwise be damned!
    But have not done a comparative analysis of legalized vs. illegal prostitution and its effect on the people involved. For example what you quoted stated

    Of 854 people in prostitution in nine countries (Canada,
    Colombia, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey,
    United States, and Zambia), 71% experienced physical assaults in
    prostitution,
    This includes at least one country where prostitution is legal.

    Now lets look at San Francisco where prostitution is illegal:

    Violence
    80% had been physically assaulted since entering prostitution
    SF Task Force on Prostitution: Health Services/Needs Assessment
    A 9% jump in violence.

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