True, and the realities of prostitution are very very grim. Millions of women, children, and some men are bought and sold via human trafficking and abused and raped throughout their “career”. Prostitution is not typically some glamorous, “pretty woman” thing. It is especially degrading to women. Too bad feminists don’t seem to ever want to talk about human trafficking, an issue that actually does disproportionately affect women. They’re too busy glamorizing it, frankly.
Many years ago, when residents of a certain neighborhood in Washington D.C. got tired of their streets being used as a red-light district, they solved the problem by going after the johns (they’d slap stickers on the cars along the lines of I’M A JOHN
Yeah. There’s a country in Europe (I want to say Switzerland but I’m probably wrong) that criminalized buying sex, but not selling it. It was super effective. It discouraged the market and the women were given help instead of just thrown in jail.
I think we should legalize prostitution. Morally precarious? Sure, but I think overall legalization would mostly kill the black market, as it does with all things legalized. I also think that, since we’ve moved as a society to a point where casual sex isn’t demonized as it has been in the past, there would be plenty of men and women who would gladly prostitute themselves. This would allow people who wanted to do it, to do it and it would prevent people who don’t want to do it from being forced to. I posted recently about Rhode Island having legalized prostitution for some time, and during the span in which it was legal, the rate of rapes reported to police went down something like 30%, which I thought was interesting.
I’m personally not a fan of sex outside of an intimate relationship. I think that it is very irresponsible and that it can lead to personal difficulties for all parties involved. I do see legalization of it having positive consequences, especially for people who choose not to participate in it. Plus, I’m a big proponent of government staying out of every aspect of people’s personal lives, and this would definitely be a step in that direction.
I would urge you to watch “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls”. The sad truth is that legalized prostitution is rife with corruption and rape and child slavery. It’s nearly impossible to regulate. You know I’m not a fan of massive government involvement either, but on the issue of human trafficking, I’m afraid it isn’t as simple as legalizing it and letting things take their course. Like I said, that documentary I mentioned is really eye opening.