(Closed) Spinoff: Prostitution

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

    yes

    no

  • Post # 76
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2008

    I think prostituion should be legal, but highly regulated (testing, people in the buisness WANT to be there, etc..). I know there is a dark side, but I also see it as therapeutic:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoEiIkvpVyc

    Post # 77
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    Busy Beekeeper

    I say yes for many of the reasons mentioned previously.

    Post # 78
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Here in Canada, prostitution itself IS legalized. However, purchasing sex is illegal (or, at least that’s how it was explained to me), as are assorted activities associated with prostitution (i.e. keeping a “bawdy house”, etc.).

    I would personally like to see these restrictions removed; all they do is cause increased risk to the people involved.

    Post # 79
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Prostitution has been legalized here in NZ – the world hasn’t fallen apart

    Post # 80
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Yes, legalize it.  I watched a very interesting documentary on this and it really convinced me that it is the best decision, mainly because legalizing it would require public health checks on all workers which would require them to be clean of STD’S.

    Do you know how many STD’s, mainly HIV, are spread because of prostution?  Imagine how many women die a year because of what they transmit because they do it behind closed doors, without the assistance of Doctors because they can’t afford it, or because they’re afraid to go to one.

    Not only are the prostitues dying, but the WIVES and GIRLFRIENDS of men who regularly visit prostitutes and contract these diseases and pass it along to their significant others.

    In the legal prostitution homes, they also performed detailed checks on the men that came in, looking for bumps, bruises, irregularities, etc. 

    I honestly think it would save a lot of lives.

    Post # 81
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    It should be decriminalized.

    I actually did my undergrad dissertation on prostitution legislation in the UK, US, New Zealand and a few other countries and ALL the statistics show that it being illigal pushes it further underground and causes more harm to the women involved. It can be a choice, maybe not a first choice but a choice all the same, see this website for reference http://www.sfc.org.uk/. You can’t get rid of it, you can control it and make it safe and non coercive for the women and men who choose to partake in it.

     

     

    Post # 82
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2004

    Absolutely not!  I am a director at a home for trafficked and prostituted women and legalization is not the answer.  In fact the country with the lowest per capita crimes against prostitutes is Sweden and they have taken a zero tolerance policy in which it is the johns and the pimps that are punished (felony conviction) instead of the prostituted woman like in the rest of the world.  They have practicalloy eradicated the problem by targeting the demand side of the issue.  Women who are prostitued are in the VAST majority of cases not doing it because this is what they are choosing.  I have worked with lots of girls and haven’t run across one yet that is happy to be prostituted.  This is a crime against these women and legalizing it will only serve to push the real demand even further underground.  Men who visit prostitutes are not interested in the kind of sex that could be legalized.  They want to dominate, abuse, degrade, and hurt to satisfy their “need”.  They want to do things that are and should be illegal to do to anyone.  I am shocked by the yes votes here.

    Post # 83
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

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    @pandaboo: “some prostitutes are forced into the “business” they’re not there by their own choice…”

    That’s true. However, just because actual prostitution is legalized doesn’t mean that rape is legalized (which is what non-consensual sex is, which is what happens when people are forced into prostitution).

    Legalizing prostitution doesn’t mean that you’re taking all restrictions off of it — there should of course still be age restrictions, and consensuality must be ensured. Besides, the way it stands now, people who are forced into prostitution can be (and are) charged for something that is not their fault. Trafficers aren’t going to take the fall if one of their victims is caught by police, so having it be illegal isn’t any safer for anyone.

    Post # 84
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

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    @KateByDesign: It’s actually more common for a john to pass an STI onto a prostitute, than it is for a prostitute to spread one to a john. Most prostitutes (who aren’t victims of trafficking) get regular STI/pregnancy/etc. tests without it being mandated, because they’re actually concerned about their own health just like you or me.

    Post # 85
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    @Jenniphyr: Exactly, this times 1,000

    Post # 86
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

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    @MrsFuzzyFace: I understand your points and am extremely interested in what you’re saying (I want to go into women’s health in my nursing career) — however, I have to wonder if the reason that the “VAST majority” of prostitutes that you have met are forced into it is primarily because you work in a home for (basically) abused (trafficked) women and/or those who are disenfranchised by the prostitution trade. I can certainly see that escorts/prostitutes/etc. who are perfectly happy with their situation wouldn’t have need of a reasource like the one that you are providing, and so potentially you wouldn’t interact with as many of them.

    Another point: There are lots of incidences of sex in exchange for money/gifts that aren’t actually people standing on street corners hawking their wares. Ex: mistresses, “gold-diggers”/trophy wives/boy toys, etc. And there have also been cases where teenaged girls have had sex with male classmates (or older men) for money/presents — and they didn’t consider themselves ‘prostitutes’. They just wanted expensive handbags.

    Post # 88
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2004

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    @Jenniphyr:  I work with women who find themselves at our home for a lot of reasons.  Sometimes court orders them there, sometimes we go to the streets and rescue them, sometimes they are hospitalized and referred.  We really see the full gamit of women, from the young and beautiful escorts to the toothless and broken older women and everything in between.  They have one thing in common, they have been conditioned to act in a way that is contrary to their actual feelings.  When people report that women are happy being prostituted it is because they are believing the lie the protitute was conditioned to tell.

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