In my opinion, a person should be able to charge for services that they can give away if they want. Who are they hurting? Two or more consenting adults make an arrangement that is between themselves.
Why is it that women and men for that matter, are still being controlled by governments in the bedroom? Is the bible or religion running our societies?
Who or what decided on things that are moral or immoral?
Just because a person doesn't want to do something themselves, I for one, doesn't give them the right to "Preach" to others what to do..
Yes. Let's require everyone to use condoms at all times. How do you propose we enforce that? Sex referees? Cameras?
Prostitution has been legal in places and times in the USA. The Union Army in Tenennesse and Louisiana administerd the brothels and the incidents of veneral disease PLUMMETED. For a woman especially to have control over her own body is anathema to women who prefer subjugation by males and males who cannot abide un-subjugated women. Men, religion teaches them, are in authority over the woman, her body and desires.
On this I am a libertarian of the first order. People are allowed to prostitute themselves if they choose. But they are also responsible for their actions. Disease and abuse can be nasty by products and it is not societies responsibility to always come to your rescue when you "roll the dice" with your body.
I very much detest "victimless crimes" that remain on the books. Placed there by fuddy duddies that believe they have a stranglehold on the truth.
Hi Nolan - I agree entirely with your sentiments. But (no point in posting otherwise!) I never associate myself with libertarians, even if I might overlap on some issues with them, because their majority of their views are so appalling for the majority. The libertarians I have met (only a few - we don't get so many in the UK), espoused views which work just fine in a world of 3 people. Thereafter suddenly they seem selfish and utterly childish in fact.
I think my views on this are just plain liberal. Folks should be allowed to do what they like while those actions don't hurt others. And if you have to manufacture hurt to society (which the religious do on this subject) then there is no real meeting point for a discussion.
"I never associate myself with libertarians, even if I might overlap on some issues with them, because their majority of their views are so appalling for the majority. The libertarians I have met (only a few - we don't get so many in the UK), espoused views which work just fine in a world of 3 people. Thereafter suddenly they seem selfish and utterly childish in fact."
What??? Maybe you need to see the real world, and please stop generalizing .
Prostitution here in New Zealand was legalized in 2003. In 2008 the law was reviewed and in a summary of the findings reported in the NZ Herald - "Associate Justice Minister Lianne Dalziel said the report showed the act had had a positive effect on the health and safety of sex workers and had not led to an increase in numbers of sex workers as predicted by critics of the law reform".
The New Zealand experience, in my opinion, shows that some peoples perception of prostitution as immoral does not justify making it illegal because making it illegal allows for the ruthless exploitation of sex workers and causes much more harm than good. Making it legal reduces exploitation and improves the lives of sex workers. Making it legal can't be expected to be an instant cure-all as exploitation and violence which has been endemic to the industry for so long is not likely to disappear overnight.