(Closed) Spinoff: Prostitution

posted 9 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: should prostitution be legalized

    yes

    no

  • Post # 18
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Mr.Smithsgirl: I see your point, but that to me isn’t a good enough reason to say outlaw it. I hope my daughter never has an abortion, but not because I think they should be outlawed. I wouldn’t want her to not wear a seat belt, but I still think it’s unconstituational for the law to mandate that people wear them. This is definitely a pro/con issue, and there are definite pros, but the potential cons are too much to ignore, at least right now. I’m defintely going to be doing some reading on the laws in Nevada! 

    Post # 20
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I voted yes. 

    Post # 21
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I feel like the major problem with prostitution right now the women being expoited, and if we legalize prositution women would be much more empowered.  If a client assaults them, they could go to the cops.  They could set up their own business instead of relying on a pimp.  Nothing we do is going to get rid of prostitution, so we need to focus on making it as safe as possible. 

    Post # 22
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I just don’t understand how it’s illegal in the first place. Sex is legal as long as it’s free. But as soon as you throw some money into the equation, it ceases to be a legal activity? The act itself is the same, it’s just MONETIZING it that makes it criminal. Bizarre.

    I used to hate pimps. Then I read the second Freakonomics book in which a study of Chicago prostitutes found that women with pimps were less likely to risk assault, arrest, or customers who refused to pay. They also ended up with more money every week because pimps were able to find them clients more effectively. So now I guess I’m sort of pro-pimp. Which is an uncomfortable position in which to find oneself.

    Post # 23
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I don’t think there’s a parallel between prostitution and cocain/heroin/etc.  Prostitution is just sex for money. Sex is not illegal. Sex is something we are all free to do. Yet when it gets put in the context of a business transaction, it’s all of a sudden illegal. Drugs such as cocain and heroin are illegal because people can become become hooked after just 1 use and overdose/die on them. Sex you pay for isn’t any more dangerous than sex you get for free.

    Post # 24
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    I actually read a fascinating article a couple of weeks ago about prostitution. Basically, this researcher went into the Bronx to do research on the demographics of sex workers there, focusing on underage sex workers. What he found was surprising and really interesting.

    http://www.riverfronttimes.com/2011-11-03/news/commercial-sexual-exploitation-of-children-john-jay-college-ric-curtis-meredith-dank-underage-prostitution-sex-trafficking-minors/

    Post # 25
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @zippylef: “But after spending several hours sweating in the muggy August air, the professor and his PhD student decided to head home. They’d found a grand total of three hookers. Only two were underage”

    Erm…

    I’m going to keep reading though!

    Post # 26
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    This is an interesting question. I think legalization or even just a partial legalization would do a lot to empower the women involved. In Sweden, it is illegal to buy services of a prostitute, but it is not illegal to sell sex. Since the women can’t be prosecuted, they have more power to report assault, rape, nonpayment, etc.

    Post # 28
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Regardless of how I feel about prostitution, that is an interesting question.  I read a book about prostitution in Nevada, and it’s surprisingly very similar to the Alaskan crab fishing boats.  Women with families and other jobs often go out make money for a “season” then go back to their regular lives.  Some are college students paying their way through school, and very few are the beaten-down hopeless women you might imagine.

    If you legalized prostitution, then the rules and regulations would serve to protect women who work in the industry.  If it wasn’t illegal, then the majority of men just looking for regular sex because they can’t get it otherwise could get it out in the open.  The depraved sickos who want the bad things will still look for it outside of the regulated system, but then again, they would do that anyway.  Does that make sense?

    Post # 29
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    NO!! HELL NO! BIG STINKING NO!!! why? Because there will always be those women that fall into prostitution out of desperation in their lives…and then what? How will they ever get the help they need if what they are doing, or forced to be doing, is LEGAL?

    This makes me sick.

    Post # 31
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

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    @OhBeeHive84: I have a feeling that the people that are desperate enough to fall into prostitution if it becomes legal are the same people who are desperate enough to fall into prostitution now. And obviously, forcing anyone to have sex with anyone will still be illegal.  The hope is that if prostitutes can go to the cops if they are raped or assaulted without fear of being arrested these events will happen less.  

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