1 “I’d shovel the snow and I’d clean the streets and parks. Then, I’d tell the police department to leave marijuana alone and don’t spend one dime trying to enforce marijuana laws. I also would not enforce prostitution laws and I’d make us the new Amsterdam.”
2 It’s been said that prostitution degrades women. But it’s even more degrading to suggest women need society to make such choices for them — or to force prostitution into the shadows, where women are excluded from the protection of the law and subject to exploitation.
5 I provided a first hand account of my own experience running Grandma’s House which worked to protect sex workers and was working against exploitation yet was targeted by the police and charged with keeping a common bawdy house in 2000. Is that not sheer hypocrisy?
6 The following page is a fact-based positional paper on prostitution, not a scientific study. Use this piece to gain insight into to the many potential benefits of legalizing and regulating prostitution. Few people in the United States (and some people in other countries) appear to believe in the legalization of regulated prostitution despite a considerable body of convincing evidence that may support such a view.
7 Laws prohibiting prostitution may well be the oldest example of government regulation and government (sex) discrimination. In a free society, however, all such laws are inappropriate because they violate the basic rights and liberties of the individuals involved.
of individuals”, “personal freedom”, “right to privacy” and “the consent of two
adults” are nothing but the formation of an illusion perpetuating lack of social
awareness of sexual slavery. I place this here because I will be referring back to this article in future posts. One must wonder what this self proclaimed feminist believes of the Constitution. Are the words “right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness” only illusions to perpetuate big government and not personal freedoms? It certainly is starting to appear that way.
10 Until the 1960s, attitudes toward prostitution were based on Judeo-Christian views of immorality. Researchers have recently attempted to separate moral issues from the reality of prostitution. The rationale for its continued illegal status in the U.S. rests on three assumptions: 1) prostitution is linked to organized crime; 2) prostitution is responsible for much ancillary crime; and 3) prostitution is the cause of an increase in venereal disease. These assumptions are now in question. Furthermore, strong arguments have been made in support of legalizing prostitution. Decriminalization would free the courts and police from handling victimless crime, allowing these forces more time to deal with serious violent crime. The issue of prostitution has been partially resolved through decriminalization and tolerance. The U.S. remains one of the few countries with laws against prostitution. In other nations, criminal laws seek instead to deal with the social problems of prostitution through control of public solicitation and restriction of those who would exploit prostitutes.
That doesn’t endorse the world’s oldest profession. It doesn’t mean we want our daughters engaging in such a lascivious lifestyle. But if anyone thinks that laws against prostitution is going to put a stop to pay-for-sex activity in a free society, they must still believe in the tooth fairy. It’s another component of the so-called “crime war” that we continue to lose, but never change the game plan.
12 COYOTE’s position on prostitution is that it should be decriminalized rather than legalized, for all private, consenting adult commercial sex. Any public activity (such as solicitation) can be regulated as other public activities are, and thus the concern over prostitution in one’s neighborhood on the street is not a factor in decriminalization.
13 According to Serpent, Jacob’s story is not unique. She hears from many buyers who come across cases of trafficking, but fear they can’t do anything, because they too will be arrested. “This is a complicated situation as clients need to assess whether they may be endangering the trafficked person in other ways if police or a national hotline are called. I know the simple answer is “call the police” but that’s not always the best idea. Police could arrest the client and the worker and never get them to services at all,” she explains.