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    On Friday, CNN published an article aimed at vindicating prostitution. Rather than attacking the risky practice that contributes to human trafficking, sexual abuse, and organized crime, CNN decided to attack the very people who recognize these dangers to women and to society in general, making the reckless argument that “some people” who “believe sex work is offensive to women” are contributing to sex workers’ crises.

    CNN writer Meera Senthilingam wrote the piece, titled “‘I Love Sex, I Like To Make Money:’ What Sex Workers Really Want?” a shameful attempt at shifting the blame from a depraved industry onto the people who see it as such. Senthilingam found the few women who were proud of being professional prostitutes and shared their defense of the trade, all the while giving a voice to their opinions that it’s the “moral objections” that are making life harder for them.

    Senthilingam dove into Amsterdam’s Red Light District and found Dutch Union of Sex Workers member Foxxy Angel to defend this point. Angel claimed, “I love sex, and I like to make money. I’ve had lots of different jobs before, and this is the only one I’ve really liked,” though she mentioned that she doesn't have the all the rights that other people enjoy
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    Here is the article; https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/08/healt...ntl/index.html

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    Of course, it’s probably because of the reality that prostitution is a dangerous profession, that leads to other societal problems, but the CNN journalist painted it as if Angel and her colleagues are the victims of moral adherents seeking to control women.
    As far as I know it is the moral adherents who wrote and supported the bills which became the laws that regulate or criminalize prostitution. Nearly all laws are written to control people. Whether or not you see yourself as a victim of the law depends upon how it affects you.

    I think conditions would improve for prostitutes who are willing providers and those who are victims if selling sex was not illegal. It society wants to clamp down on selling sex, it needs to criminalize only those who buy the prostitute or force them into it. This is so that if the person providing the service is forced into it, they are not subject to prison time just for reporting crimes against them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranb View Post
    Here is the article; https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/08/healt...ntl/index.html

    From the Newsbusters article;


    As far as I know it is the moral adherents who wrote and supported the bills which became the laws that regulate or criminalize prostitution. Nearly all laws are written to control people. Whether or not you see yourself as a victim of the law depends upon how it affects you.

    I think conditions would improve for prostitutes who are willing providers and those who are victims if selling sex was not illegal. It society wants to clamp down on selling sex, it needs to criminalize only those who buy the prostitute or force them into it. This is so that if the person providing the service is forced into it, they are not subject to prison time just for reporting crimes against them.

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    When I was young and a college student, I supported the legalization of prostitution. I thought it would remove pimps from the business and at least let women keep the money they made if they chose to engage in the trade.

    I've been working too long in Children's Services to feel that way anymore. The world of prostitution feeds on the people who are in my system, kids and adults. Pimps recruit the kids who run away from the foster care system. The kids who are in the system because they were sexually abused are particularly vulnerable to this as they have already learned that sex is marketable. Women who abuse drugs become prostitutes to support their habits.

    And that's just based on women (or men) who voluntarily participate, not even touching on the human trafficking aspect of prostitution.

    I have a lot of sympathy for the people who end up being prostitutes, both as a social worker and as a Christian. It's a sad life that leads one in that direction, and one in which a person grew up getting a lot of mixed messages from the adults around them.
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    When I was young and a college student, I supported the legalization of prostitution. I thought it would remove pimps from the business and at least let women keep the money they made if they chose to engage in the trade. ....
    Do you think that if soliciting, pimping and living off the earnings of a prostitute were illegal but actually being a prostitute was not, the victims would be more willing to approach the police? I think if a trafficking victim knew they would not be put in jail for reporting a crime, they might be more willing to help the police deal with their abusers.
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    The libertarian in me says that people should be free to do what they want as long as it doesn't infringe on anyone's life, liberty, or property through force or fraud. Also, laws of prohibition usually end up creating more crime. Organized crime took off in this country during Prohibition and I don't think I have to remind anyone of the crime associated with illicit drugs. As for prostitution, it isn't like we don't have examples to follow. Prostitution is legal in Nevada save for Clark County(hence it's illegal in Vegas) but there are actual cat houses in Reno one of which was the subject of a very popular TV show called Cathouse. Is crime high there? Is human trafficking prominent in Nevada? If not then what's the problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranb View Post
    Do you think that if soliciting, pimping and living off the earnings of a prostitute were illegal but actually being a prostitute was not, the victims would be more willing to approach the police? I think if a trafficking victim knew they would not be put in jail for reporting a crime, they might be more willing to help the police deal with their abusers.

    I don't know. I get the libertarian arguments for legalizing it. I don't know if legalizing and licensing it would prevent people who are under 18 from participating or not, which is my primary concern.

    I find it really sad that people participate in it at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    .... As for prostitution, it isn't like we don't have examples to follow. Prostitution is legal in Nevada save for Clark County(hence it's illegal in Vegas) but there are actual cat houses in Reno one of which was the subject of a very popular TV show called Cathouse. Is crime high there? Is human trafficking prominent in Nevada? If not then what's the problem?
    People can be victims of human trafficking at legal brothels.
    https://www.rgj.com/story/opinion/vo...on/1578611002/
    I am a survivor who was once trafficked into Nevada’s legal brothels. My abuse began in the strip clubs and continued all the way through the streets, to casinos, to brothels, and back and forth hundreds of times.

    My trafficker would send his victims, including myself, to work in the brothels as a form of punishment. Women were not able to come and go as they pleased. I distinctly remember how difficult it was to leave the premises of the two Nevada brothels I worked at.
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