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    42 72.41%
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    Re: Should Prostitution Be Legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by notquiteright View Post
    prostitution has been legal in this country for years- we call them lawyers and lobbyists.
    A great point lol.
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    But seriously we have many examples elsewhere of legal prostitution. Where properly regulated, and taxed the Toy R Us storefront isn't part of the ho stro'.

    Pimps have little incentive to try and run a string of girls and underage boys and girls have a much better chance of being found out if regularly screened and a backround check is done.

    It wouldn't be what I'd want my daughter to do, but then again I wouldn't brag about her if she was a lawyer or lobbyist either...
    The US doesn't really have a good sample size or area of brothels. The only legal brothels in the US are in Nevada and are in very rural areas. I'm sure the reason they are there is to keep them away from the public eye. Another issue I thought of that will rear it's ugly head with this is brothel location. Sure, we all agree that most potential brothel owners would currently be plenty happy if the gov't did legalize brothels and zone them to be outside city limits or at least all tucked onto the same street. However, once they are legal, it will eventually occur to one of the owners that they are not being allowed to practice their business in the same manner as other businesses. Thus, a brothel owner sues, it makes it to the Supreme Court, and now we have brothels in Times Square. Yes, it sounds like a slippery slope. However, what justification would any court have to ban any particular business from building where they want? Are there good examples of this happening already where a business is zoned to a different place simply for moral reasons? I can't think of any off the top of my head. I would wager that most Americans do not want to see a brothel in Times Square or on Mainstreet in Smalltown, USA.
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    Re: Should Prostitution Be Legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    A very simple question that was inspired by a thread I saw in the Intl' Politics section. Simply put do you think prostitution should be legalized or criminalized? Why or why not? I personally support legalization, but I'll take an OP's prerogative and elaborate on why later.

    Edit: Just to elaborate on associated regulations, a common position I've encountered is that prostitution should be decriminalized, but that online services, street walkers, advertising, and other mechanisms and 'infrastructure' of prostitution should be pursued and clamped down on while keeping the actual act and exchange of cash for sex should be decriminalized.
    It should be legal but heavily regulated to ensure the health of the prostitute and and customer are protected and for the financial protection of the prostitute. Frequent checks for STDs, no unprotected sex by both the prostitute and customer,and frequent frequent health inspections of the place of business regardless if that business is private home or cat house.There should also be wage/pay protections to ensure that the prostitute gets to keep the majority of her pay earned from her services so that she is not taken taken advantage of by the agency, brothel, cat house or some other employer.
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    Re: Should Prostitution Be Legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant Noodle View Post
    Legalized? Yes. But if there is anyone underage their "pimp" should be sent to prison for the rest of their life.
    If we decide to legalize prostitution, shouldn't we decide to lower the underage requirement as well? If we do that, less people will have to go to those awful prisons.

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    Re: Should Prostitution Be Legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    If we decide to legalize prostitution, shouldn't we decide to lower the underage requirement as well? If we do that, less people will have to go to those aweful prisons.
    How about teaching men to control themselves??

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    Re: Should Prostitution Be Legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    A great point lol.


    The US doesn't really have a good sample size or area of brothels. The only legal brothels in the US are in Nevada and are in very rural areas. I'm sure the reason they are there is to keep them away from the public eye. Another issue I thought of that will rear it's ugly head with this is brothel location. Sure, we all agree that most potential brothel owners would currently be plenty happy if the gov't did legalize brothels and zone them to be outside city limits or at least all tucked onto the same street. However, once they are legal, it will eventually occur to one of the owners that they are not being allowed to practice their business in the same manner as other businesses. Thus, a brothel owner sues, it makes it to the Supreme Court, and now we have brothels in Times Square. Yes, it sounds like a slippery slope. However, what justification would any court have to ban any particular business from building where they want? Are there good examples of this happening already where a business is zoned to a different place simply for moral reasons? I can't think of any off the top of my head. I would wager that most Americans do not want to see a brothel in Times Square or on Mainstreet in Smalltown, USA.
    many other countries have had legal brothels and escorts for quite awhile now. There are 'red light' districts in all the major cities and smaller establishments out in the country. While the potential for abuse is always there, I'd say zoning to keep brothels away from schools, churches and other sensitive areas would follow the same model adult bookstores use. Adult bookstores have been around for decades and I don't know about what you have seen but I can't recall any adult bookstores near a school or church.

    It wasn't that long ago Times Square was crawling with ho's. Better they be in a building than on damn near every street corner. (I'd also opine many people would LOVE a brothel or two in Times Square as long as the motif doesn't clash with the over-hyped commercialization of the district... )

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    Re: Should Prostitution Be Legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfie View Post
    How about teaching men to control themselves??
    That's not very PC.

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    Re: Should Prostitution Be Legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfie View Post
    How about teaching men to control themselves??

    I didn't work vice, but I'm told that the majority of "johns" (customers of prostitutes) are married men who are not getting their needs met at home by the wife.

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    Re: Should Prostitution Be Legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    I didn't work vice, but I'm told that the majority of "johns" (customers of prostitutes) are married men who are not getting their needs met at home by the wife.
    And what would that be pray..

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    Re: Should Prostitution Be Legalized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    I didn't work vice, but I'm told that the majority of "johns" (customers of prostitutes) are married men who are not getting their needs met at home by the wife.
    Once you kneel down to slip that ring on her finger she will never kneel down for you again...

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    Re: Should Prostitution Be Legalized?

    Well here in Ontario almost all prostitution laws were struck down as unconstitutional. Starting in March brothels are legal. The last I heard of it was that it may go to the supreme court aswell.

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