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    Re: Prostitution

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    But is it better to have it run legally, where laws can protect people, or to have it done illegally, where it is run by criminals?
    I say we enforce prostitution and preform sting operations. I know people personally who used to be prostitutes and never had any issues with the law. It's lightly enforced. Laws don't guarantee safe contractual sex.
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    Re: Prostitution

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I see no benefit too it. I think it degrades society and I am morally opposed to it.
    The only benefit would be to take it out of the hands of criminals and have it regulated by (and profiting) the state, which would increase the safety of both the workers and the clients.

    As it is, girls don't have much legal recourse if they get raped or beaten in the course of doing their jobs; often they're afraid to report it.
    And clients likewise don't have much legal recourse if they get ripped off, robbed, or jumped.
    They're afraid to report it (of course, a lot of them still would be even if it were legal, because it would damage their reputations and possibly destroy their marriages).

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    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I say we enforce prostitution and preform sting operations. I know people personally who used to be prostitutes and never had any issues with the law. It's lightly enforced. Laws don't guarantee safe contractual sex.
    "Enforce" prostitution?
    I don't think I understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    The only benefit would be to take it out of the hands of criminals and have it regulated by (and profiting) the state, which would increase the safety of both the workers and the clients.
    Or eradicate it all together through law enforcement. I think the state could make a profit by reducing jail time and fining pimps and prostitutes once they catch them.
    As it is, girls don't have much legal recourse if they get raped or beaten in the course of doing their jobs; often they're afraid to report it.
    And clients likewise don't have much legal recourse if they get ripped off, robbed, or jumped.
    They're afraid to report it (of course, a lot of them still would be even if it were legal, because it would damage their reputations and possibly destroy their marriages).
    Which is why you preform sting operations.

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    "Enforce" prostitution?
    I don't think I understand.
    I mean enforce laws against prostitution, actually doing something legally about it instead of turning a blind eye and lightly enforcing anti-prostitution laws.
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    Re: Prostitution

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    Or eradicate it all together through law enforcement. I think the state could make a profit by reducing jail time and fining pimps and prostitutes once they catch them.

    Which is why you preform sting operations.
    You're rather naive.
    I don't think you understand how bad grownups are.
    Like, all of them.

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    Re: Prostitution

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I say we enforce prostitution and preform sting operations. I know people personally who used to be prostitutes and never had any issues with the law. It's lightly enforced. Laws don't guarantee safe contractual sex.
    We are doing that, but it's not working. Women are being raped, and contracting STD's because there is no regulation. It is better to regulate and keep people safe, than to try and naively stop prostitution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    You're rather naive.
    I don't think you understand how bad grownups are.
    Like, all of them.
    How is that relevant? I'm a college kid, I'm aware of how wicked the adult world is.

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    We are doing that, but it's not working. Women are being raped, and contracting STD's because there is no regulation. It is better to regulate and keep people safe, than to try and naively stop prostitution.
    What does rape and STD's have to do with prostitution? Is not paying a hooker after sex rape or theft? It's naive to think government regulation will prevent the spreading of STD's through prostitution. I would imagine more STD's are spread through promiscuity over contractual sex.
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    Re: Prostitution

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I see no benefit too it. I think it degrades society and I am morally opposed to it.
    I see no benefit to Julia Roberts movies. I think they degrade society with their formulaic plots, vapid dialogue, and her wooden acting. I'm morally opposed to them. So can we please ban Julia Roberts movies (or just ban Julia Roberts)? (See how easy that was!)

    The fact that you don't like something, see no benefit in it, think its degrading, or find it immoral is not a reason to legally ban it. All of those standards are extremely subjective and open to personal interpretation. Prostitution that is a voluntary transaction between two consenting adults doesn't harm anyone in a legal sense. Why should we waste millions, if not billions, of tax dollars to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate people who are doing something that harms no one?
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    Re: Prostitution

    Absolutely, but I do think it should be regulated. I think one of the best ways to properly regulate would be semiannual or, at the most, annual testing for all known STDs for all prostitutes, male or female.

    It is plain wrong that a person is legally allowed to have sex for any reason in the world with another consenting adult except for actual money at that moment. Not to mention, it is even legal to pay two people to have sex in front of you and a camera as long as you are following the proper federal and state laws to make porn.
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    Re: Prostitution

    I'm in favour of legalization with a few caveats.

    One is that under aged prostitution should remain illegal; those who use child services should go to jail under the same pedophilia laws that apply in all other cases.

    The second is that sex trafficking should remain illegal. Just because there is a demand doesn't mean people will have license to take supply from wherever they want, which includes luring women (often along with their children) from abroad into indentured servitude. Legalization still requires vigilance in order to ensure that supply is not being channeled from illicit sources.

    Also, legalization has to mean an increase in support resources for the workers otherwise it is completely pointless. This means safe access to the police where reports of rape, abuse and theft can be taken seriously; reports of violent johns must be visible to the communities involved; it also means legal access to services for women who want to get out of the industry, especially immigrants who often end up there under false pretenses.

    A couple of problems that I am not sure how to resolve:

    1) The kind of services that are acceptable under law. It is okay to hire a man or woman for very rough sex in which he/she is beaten and perhaps injured? There are clearly some boundaries that would have to be defined, but who should do that?

    2) To ensure legal practice, sex workers would need to be licensed, and with any licensing system there will still be underground practices that are off the radar. Legalization would not remove the underground for this reason, especially when it comes to special services like barebacking and child sex. Some people will always be willing to pay more for these commodities, and legalization would open the supply channels so we should be prepared for more of these cases.

    3) Market prostitution should be relegated to certain areas only and it should not be legal to work a corner near schools zones for example. Private services (i.e. out of one's home) should be discreet.

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