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    Re: Should prostitution be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    Why, if there's no downside to it?
    It's not because of any downsides. It's because of zoning for residential, commercial, and industrial areas.

    I don't want a Denny's or a pawn shop or a Wal-mart next door to me, but that's no reason to make those businesses illegal.

    But if you had a legal brothel zoned for its own location, I may start up a business in the same plaza. Perhaps an after hours bar, or an after hours diner where customers or even prostitutes of the brothel could come to.

    Or I may even place a competing brothel next door and the two of us could compete for business but gain the advantage of nearby location of our businesses together, such as increased police patrols to deal with dangerous situations. Much like what is done with areas with many night clubs or the diamond district in New York City.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: Should prostitution be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by HumanBeing View Post
    So you don't think adults have a right to be in a room together in private, in case they might engage in prostitution? How exactly do you plan to enforce that? Are you going to ban pre marital sex?
    Believe me! Some people would like to. They are no fun at all.

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    Re: Should prostitution be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    "Sanctioning" may not have been the best word. "Legitimizing" would be better.
    Legitimate basically means legal, so we come full circle.

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    It's not a victimless crime. People don't get into prostitution because their lives are going well. Would you be ok with someone doing "business" in the house next to yours?
    Couple things wrong with this statement.

    1) Some people do get into prostitution when their lives are going well.

    2) In and of itself, being a prostitute is not being a victim, though it can certainly lead to victimization in some cases, and many women who are prostitutes have been victimized causing self esteem issues and seeing prostitution as their best option. In niether case though is prostitution itself victimization, one comes in part from a lack of regulation and oversight, the other happens before one becomes a prostitute.

    Quote Originally Posted by HumanBeing View Post
    Simple question.
    It is not a simple question. Trying to simply things which are not creates wrong impressions. Some things you did not specify in your question, but need to be known to answer accurately.

    • Are you referring to all prostitution? Street walking, brothels, escorts all included? The arguments are different for each
    • Completely legal or with regulations?
    • On a federal, state or local level?


    To illustrate just with the first question: Escorts are largely unprosecuted for a variety of reasons(the biggest being it is virtually impossibly to catch them in the act so to speak) and have little to no effect on any one outside of their customers. Brothels on the other hand create an issue of where exactly do you want to let them set up(the NIMBY effect). Street walkers have that same NIMBY effect, but even moreso. Most people do not want prostitutes out walking by their house and businesses, and for legitimate reasons.
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    Re: Should prostitution be legal?

    Originally Posted by HumanBeing
    Simple question.
    Simple answer.

    Yes.
    This ^^^^^
    I came into this world fighting, screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I have no problem going out the same way.

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    Re: Should prostitution be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Legitimate basically means legal, so we come full circle.



    Couple things wrong with this statement.

    1) Some people do get into prostitution when their lives are going well.

    2) In and of itself, being a prostitute is not being a victim, though it can certainly lead to victimization in some cases, and many women who are prostitutes have been victimized causing self esteem issues and seeing prostitution as their best option. In niether case though is prostitution itself victimization, one comes in part from a lack of regulation and oversight, the other happens before one becomes a prostitute.



    It is not a simple question. Trying to simply things which are not creates wrong impressions. Some things you did not specify in your question, but need to be known to answer accurately.

    • Are you referring to all prostitution? Street walking, brothels, escorts all included? The arguments are different for each
    • Completely legal or with regulations?
    • On a federal, state or local level?


    To illustrate just with the first question: Escorts are largely unprosecuted for a variety of reasons(the biggest being it is virtually impossibly to catch them in the act so to speak) and have little to no effect on any one outside of their customers. Brothels on the other hand create an issue of where exactly do you want to let them set up(the NIMBY effect). Street walkers have that same NIMBY effect, but even moreso. Most people do not want prostitutes out walking by their house and businesses, and for legitimate reasons.
    Good points. I wouldn't support street walking. I would be okay with brothel-type establishments though, and they should have to abide by the same types of laws and regulations that cover night clubs. They have to close at a certain time depending upon the district, regulations regarding alcohol and large crowds hanging around outside the establishment, etc.

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    Re: Should prostitution be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Good points. I wouldn't support street walking. I would be okay with brothel-type establishments though, and they should have to abide by the same types of laws and regulations that cover night clubs. They have to close at a certain time depending upon the district, regulations regarding alcohol and large crowds hanging around outside the establishment, etc.
    Would you be ok if there was a brothel on your street? On the route your children walk to school? Next to where you go shopping with your kids? There are legit reasons why people might not want a brothel in those places. It is far from an easy question.
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    Re: Should prostitution be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckBerry View Post
    Besides the morality question, there is a nagging problem with legalizing prostitution. How does one observe the prostitute at work to ensure they are working safely? Very few customers would be willing to be observed while having sex, and without watchful eyes, anything can happen, the main issue being condom usage. Plenty of customers would be willing to pay a premium for not using a condom, and the prostitute would pocket the extra gains and not have to share with the brothel owner. STD testing will of course catch a problem, but only after it becomes a problem.
    More importantly, how does one observe to make sure that they are engaged in prostitution willingly? People who answer "yes" to this question either don't know or don't care about the prevalence of human trafficking in the world-- including in the US-- and that the majority of people trafficked are women and girls intended for the sex industry.

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    Re: Should prostitution be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Would you be ok if there was a brothel on your street? On the route your children walk to school? Next to where you go shopping with your kids? There are legit reasons why people might not want a brothel in those places. It is far from an easy question.
    They should be in appropriate zoned areas, such as is the case with shopping plazas, etc. They shouldn't be smack dab in the middle of some residential neighborhood. I wouldn't care if I had to walk by a brothel honestly. As a matter of fact, I think I might find it quite interesting! Maybe it could be the muse for a lot of good jokes. Who knows?

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    Re: Should prostitution be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by HumanBeing View Post
    Simple question.
    Simple answer: Why should it be illegal?

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    Re: Should prostitution be legal?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    They should be in appropriate zoned areas, such as is the case with shopping plazas, etc. They shouldn't be smack dab in the middle of some residential neighborhood. I wouldn't care if I had to walk by a brothel honestly. As a matter of fact, I think I might find it quite interesting! Maybe it could be the muse for a lot of good jokes. Who knows?
    How do you think the businesses in a shopping plaza are going to react when they find out a brothel is moving in. Bet it is not well, and it could quite possibly be bad to very bad for business.
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