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    Re: If prostitution were legal...

    The war on prostitution is as useless and wasteful as the war on drugs.

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    Re: If prostitution were legal...

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    The war on prostitution is as useless and wasteful as the war on drugs.
    That's because we're attacking the victims instead of the problem. We should be trying to arrest and prosecute the johns, not the prostitutes.

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    Re: If prostitution were legal...

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    That's because we're attacking the victims instead of the problem. We should be trying to arrest and prosecute the johns, not the prostitutes.
    Prostitution won't stop if you take out the johns. There are always going to be women who will sell their bodies if they need the money and men who will buy them.

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    Re: If prostitution were legal...

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    This probably has to do with a lot of government corruption too.
    It has to do with a lot of things. According to the researchers government corruption isn't viewed as a major contributing factor. Did you read the Spiegel article?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    It has to be done right with strict regulations.
    Well, so far no one seems to have been able to find the "right regulations". Quite simply, the theory that legalizing prostitution will fix many of the problems associated with it and improve conditions for prostitutes hasn't borne out in reality.

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    Re: If prostitution were legal...

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    That's because we're attacking the victims instead of the problem. We should be trying to arrest and prosecute the johns, not the prostitutes.
    Quite true

    If you want to make drug use drop, prostitution use drop, target the users, not the suppliers. If there is a demand for something someone somewhere will supply it if the money is good enough. Make the non monetary costs of demand increase, the actual demand will drop, and so will the supply
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    Re: If prostitution were legal...

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    That's because we're attacking the victims instead of the problem. We should be trying to arrest and prosecute the johns, not the prostitutes.
    Empirically, this is probably the best route - as Sweden has shown.

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    Re: If prostitution were legal...

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Prostitution won't stop if you take out the johns. There are always going to be women who will sell their bodies if they need the money and men who will buy them.
    That's true on some level - it is after all the world's oldest profession and will be for quite some time.

    But that doesn't mean we can't reduce the number of women who are abused or forced into it against their will.

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    Re: If prostitution were legal...

    Quote Originally Posted by the_recruit View Post
    That's true on some level - it is after all the world's oldest profession and will be for quite some time.

    But that doesn't mean we can't reduce the number of women who are abused or forced into it against their will.
    IMO, the only way to do that is regulation. Right now abused women are apprehensive about getting help because prostitution is illegal, and they WILL be charged for it.

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