This is what happens when you decriminalize prostitution

In 2003, Rhode Island decriminalized indoor prostitution - unintentionally.

The state’s legislature made an amendment to a 1980 law, because the law was believed to outlaw some forms of consensual sex between adults. However, this modification created a legal loophole that wasn’t noticed until 2003 when a District Court judge interpreted the law to mean that exchanging money for consensual sex was not a criminal offense as long as it took place indoors. It wasn’t until 2009 that the state closed the loophole and criminalized sex work once again.

Although the state’s legal accident was embarrassing, it actually served as a fascinating “natural experiment,” allowing researches to see what happens when sex work is decriminalized.

In a new paper rom the National Bureau of Economic Research, economists Scott Cunningham and Manisha Shah examine the six years that residents were aware that prostitution was not a legal offense in the state. They found that there was a steep decline in both rape offenses and gonorrhea incidences.

(source)

Tags: rape, std's

Views: 379

Reply to This

Forum

Torture Report release today

Started by Unseen in Ethics & Morals. Last reply by Davis Goodman 1 hour ago. 110 Replies

My Grandpa died last week

Started by Physeter in Small Talk. Last reply by Unseen 2 hours ago. 5 Replies

Great retorts

Started by Unseen in Quotes. Last reply by Wesley 4 hours ago. 13 Replies

Is There Any Ex-Mennonites or Ex-Amish On This Site?

Started by Jessica Miller in Advice. Last reply by Physeter 8 hours ago. 25 Replies

Blog Posts

Pabst Blue Ribbon to the rescue!

Posted by Ed on December 15, 2014 at 9:33pm 0 Comments

Finally, a cool billboard in Arkansas!

Posted by Ed on December 15, 2014 at 8:21am 2 Comments

Atheist Sites

Services we love!

We are in love with our Amazon

Book Store!

Gadget Nerd? Check out Giz Gad!

Advertise with ThinkAtheist.com

In need a of a professional web site? Check out the good folks at Clear Space Media

© 2014   Created by umar.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service