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..
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.
I think prostitution (and other forms of sex work) should be legal but, because of the risks of disease and abuse, should be regulated with those two ends in mind only.
What causes the most harm is our lack of value and respect for the human being - if sex workers were properly valued and respected as human beings first the majority of the danger they currently face would cease.
Yes, Dear Judgmental Christian Reader, it is you who are partly responsible for young girls being abused and trafficked for sex - because where sex work is outlawed it is invariably taken over by the violent criminals - fueling them with funds instead of the sex workers themselves. Providing the criminal capitol for ever escalating abuses. And these societies often don't care because they are just 'whores' - sinners who deserve what they get - instead of valued members of society treated like human beings and given full rights and protections.
The sheer stupidity of the modern prohibitionist attitude towards sex and drugs is staggering. How long will it take us to learn that it is NOT in our best interests to setup a system that feeds TRILLIONS of dollars to violent criminals. It would be difficult to calculate but you can be almost certain that the vast majority of violent crime is a DIRECT result of prohibitions (primarily drugs, including alcohol, and sex work). I really don't understand how we wised up over Alcohol prohibition and have utterly failed to address the VASTLY worse situation created from sex work and 'drug' prohibition.
Crime doesn't pay, until some moron tries to legislate morality
Thanks! Don't get me started on Nixon and Anslinger: http://goo.gl/gTZV0
I would like to clarify one thing though (calling myself out on it). I only used 'Christians' as an example, the problem obviously runs wider and deeper than just Christians and there are Christians who see the damage these polices do as well. It's just that where I live (US South) they are the majority of the issue but I AM aware of the differences so just wanted to be clear that I don't see it solely as a 'Christian' problem.
if person is willing to give sex for money why don't they try to work at strip club or go into the porn industry
Maybe they don't want to?
Maybe they want to do what they like with their own body without being told what to do by idealogues?
Here in New Zealand prostitution is legal. It's also legal to be a streetwalker but public solicitation is illegal. Also, if I'm not mistaken, there are local regulations on where "houses" are located and what kind of signage is displayed.
I see nothing wrong with legal streetwalkers, because prostitutes here WANT to be well-known to police. I believe the police keep pretty close tabs on the girls for their protection (sorry, I've never noticed a male streetwalker). This practice is also, I believe, restricted to a certain areas - just like there's a fashion district and used-car district - it makes sense.
Love your position, Robin, that other jobs that people don't especially like are not illegal. However prostitution is not a profession which is universally hated by its practitioners. Talking to a former President of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, she assured me that plenty like their work (though not necessarily every trick) - and it pays well.
What a fiery discussion! I haven't seen anyone disagree. :-)
"sorry, I've never noticed a male streetwalker" - I have, on a documentary about heroin addiction... seems alot of people who are addicted to heroin will turn to prostitution to finance their habit.
On another note, I think I would be open to being a prostitute if I wasn't in a monogamous relationship and wasn't already employed. As you said, good money... could be put into savings, tuition, or other investments.
"I think I would be open to being a prostitute"
Yeah, me too. I'm sure there's a BIG market for a 66-year-old with a pot belly and a pocket full of blue pills. :-)