Legal Prostitution - Pros and Cons
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Should Prostitution Be Legal?

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  • +7 +15 -8 happyhookernw Jan. 7, 2013
    "The only reason prostitution is demeaning is because of society and the stigmas we have to deal with. I am treated way better by clients than by people who want to "help" me by condemning my occupation of choice. Yes, I choose it. I'm educated have never been sexually abused. I am independent, not forced or pimped. Please make my job legal. Truth: Prostitutes often practice safer sex than the general population. We don't sell our bodies, we sell a service. We often service the lonely or disabled or married men who don't want to leave their wives yet still have the need for physical touch. I enjoy making people happy and giving them human touch. Most clients are polite and respectful. It's only easy to rob or rape us because society says it's OK and we can't report it without being criminalized. Please make us safer and allow us to be respected. Please allow us to pay taxes and have valid income. Please stop throwing us in jail and ruining our ability to get a different job if we choose or find a place to live. Decriminalize it first. Why is it only legal if there's a camera running? Porn is legal, why is prostitution not? Trafficking is NOT prostitution. It's rape and kidnapping. Many of us CHOOSE to do it."
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  • +2 +6 -4 Robin Crockett Dec. 27, 2013
    "I am a firmly be-leave in the individuals right to choose for themselves. And what happens between consenting adults should not be dictated or controlled by government agencies. No matter how you look at it it all comes down to making a choice as an adult then accepting the consequences as a responsible adult. If a man or woman willingly chooses that line of work, whether it's to support her family or schooling or even just for the adventure, then where's the harm in that? If it is regulated in a safe and health conscious manner then that can be a good for everyone. What makes it bad is when people are forced into it, often times as an under age teen or worse a small child. In all too many cases they are deliberately hooked on drugs and forced into it to support the habit as well as the pimp. This is why I say it should be legalized and regulated. It would make it safer for both the worker and the customer, opening jobs for those willing to do this for a living, and additional income tax revenues for both state and federal funding. And to top it off the worker could choose to quit at any time without any harassment or threats from their employer. The illegal prostitution rings don't give that option."
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  • +2 +7 -5 Abigail May. 18, 2013
    "I am pro because:
    a) Your body is your own personal property. You should be able to make your own choices. Why should someone dictate what you are able to do with it or to say that you can give away your body for free, but not to place a value on it?
    b) Sexual needs are as valid as any other human need. If anything we should be focusing more on teaching how to give LOVE through sacred sex. There is a void in the human heart that can be nurtured by sex. Imagine a world that is more loving, where sex is seen as a sacred art and prostitutes as Sacred Goddesses of love, healing through the art of sex.
    Legalize!!!"
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    • +1 +1 0 V Jul. 11, 2014
      "Imagine a world where by being more sex positive people had more sex naturally, without pushing people into strained situations in which people are having sex not for sexual desire but for money. Imagine a world where every person's sexual desires, no matter how economically poor the person is are treated with equal dignity and respect. Imagine a world with no prostitution."
  • +1 +4 -3 Victor Greywolf Apr. 10, 2014
    "Hey, as far as legalization goes, it is beneficial to BOTH the prostitute AND the client. The client, because they get to have some no strings attached sex, and for the prostitute, because they get money. Also, if it were legalized, prostitutes would be protected by law enforcement, and have health care, and could refuse service to a client for whatever reason, if they so chose to. Now, the antis want to keep it illegal, because they <3 the sob stories, and exploitation, not to mention they would be so lousy in their performance if they worked at this profession, people would be demanding refunds. Antis have also made money from that, which is another reason why they want to keep it illegal, only they won't admit it. Bottom line, prostitution is going to happen, legally or illegally. LEGALIZE IT ALREADY. END OF STORY."
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    • 0 0 0 V Jul. 15, 2014
      "Murder is going to happen anyway whether it's legal or illegal, so you know what legalize it. Great argument. **sarcasm**
      lol Antis don't bother to pay for sex, because they don't need to, so they can't be all that bad at it...lol. Legalized prostitution won't stop all the illegal prostitution from happening, on the contrary; it will make it easier for things most pros and antis consider clearly wrong to stay hidden. Why risk such attrocities for a few people to get off? Why not focus more on building a society where people approach sexuality with more sensitivity and care? Why not instead focus on how to close the orgasm deficit between men and women? Fewer women have orgasms then men. If they did, more of them would have all kinds of sex with more men and there would be less demand for prostitution because there would be so many more people excited to have sex for free. Sexually, I do whatever my boyfriend wants pretty much whenever because he makes me feel so good and I feel so good making him feel good. I don't think anyone should settle for anything less."
  • +1 +6 -5 emilia castro Jan. 8, 2013
    "yes i should be legalized especially for escorts . i am on probation because i gave a undercover cop my price. and i was just escorting."
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  • +1 +6 -5 Victor Greywolf Jan. 3, 2013
    "I finally realized something about the antis feelings, based on the sob stories such as this so-called award winning author one delusional anti brought up. The reason you see those specials is because of MONEY. That's right, money created by the hypocrites, such as the moralists, right wing, conservatives who put these specials on tv and all bring in. Are they editing and putting in stories or reversing words, in order to make what they want to show even true? If there was no money brought in, the people would kvetch about something else. Besides, with women who are bitter, because they know not even a street walker would look at them for more than two seconds, they hate it, because they are jealous of those people. Come on, antis, we know you go to the prostitutes, and you make money off exploitation, and LOVE the bullying. Why don't you admit it, instead of sounding like someone even the deaf and the blind would ridicule. These antis make us envy people in orange suits. The stupidity of what they do are the reason for this, and the problems they experience. It is about time change occured for the sex workers, instead of prohibition. You antis are the reason men or women go to prostitutes. End of story."
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  • +1 +6 -5 James Lysander Dec. 22, 2012
    "People seem to be forgetting that in Biblical Times the persons and professions of prostitutes were held in the highest regard, by such august personages as Princes,
    Priests, Magistrates & Philosohers, as well as Heroes and Great Men. Surely you've not forgotten with what honour and distinction the harlot Rahab was treated by that pious cut-throat and robber Joshua? Why, even the daughters of Kings were accustomed to trading on their "own bottoms" for the pious purpose of helping to pay for the building or erecting of temples, WITHOUT suffering any degeneration of their morals in consequence. And don't forget the heterae of Ancient
    Greece, a superior class of prostitutes who provided intellectual as well as physical stimulation to their clients, and were accomplished in the arts, conversation, and intelligent, well-reasoned debate. They also paid taxes to the State in proportion to their income. Besides, as longs as they are healthy, and proven not to have the HIV virus or even AIDS, I don't really see what the problem is."
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  • +1 +6 -5 Marty Hamrick Dec. 15, 2012
    "I'm in favour of legalizing prostitution. I'm sick of the Religious Right and their ridiculous vews on trying to legislate the idividual's morality and personal life choices. As George Carlin said, "Selling is legal and fucking is legal, so why should it be illegal to combine the two?"
    Seriously, though, if this country got its priorities straight, we could concentrate on more pressing issues, like the economy and environment instead of worrying about other people's sex lives."
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  • +1 +8 -7 Victor Greywolf Dec. 11, 2012
    "Oh, brother. I can't believe that these people here who are anti legalization post on here. They often sound like the types who probably type just to get their thoughts out there. Incredible. Why don't they admit they love the prostitutes, the brothels, etc. Is it stupidity and unwilling to have a backbone and show that people can like something, or are they afraid to have a mind of their own? Come on. I mean, the sob stories on the america undercover, or MSNBC sob stories, etc? Are people so stupid that they have to believe that crap? Are people really that dumb? The antis are the reason that things are this rampant. I say, get a senator or politician who is willing to admit being pro-prostitution, and tell the antis who love to bully the prostitutes and have to trap someone in a relationship and marriage what they can do to themselves. I mean, these antis are an embarassment and if they ran into a prostitute wouldn't know what to do other than self pleasuring, because a pimp or brothel owner wouldn't give them the time of day. What's the matter, antis? Can't stand that someone disagrees with your stupidity? I say, legalize it already. Enough said, DEAL WITH IT!"
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    • +3 +5 -2 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "Let's organize! I mean it! We need to figure a way to! Let's make a group and become active."
  • +1 +7 -6 StevieNight Dec. 7, 2012
    "Cons talk about the higher risk of std, etc. I guarantee that you are more likely to get something picking up men/women at bars than calling a sex worker . I have only met/talked to one prostitute who doesn't get check ups regularly. I won't except her as a reference and I warn others.
    I chose this work. I love what I do. I make people happy, relaxed, and fulfilled. People need to be touched. They aren't getting care at home..they make the call. I welcome them with a smile and loving arms. I truly care for my Gentlemen.
    As for being forced in any way....never."
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  • +1 +9 -8 DeeJay700 Nov. 7, 2012
    "Yes, prostitution and erotic trade workers, such as pole dancers, should all be legal. I worked in a business that carried me all around the globe. In countries where prostitution is legal, there was far less sex crime and less disease problem of STDs. In a nation that accepts Gay rights and now even gay marriage, let the girls have the right to work as they please. This is a choice a woman or Ladyboy should be able to make themselves. We don't need more laws to place people in jail or prison. Look at the Dutch or Thai. This should be a personal choice, not something for legislation. Legalization also stops women from being forced through abduction and the terrible things done to force them into a crime. Restore liberty on this and many other subjects."
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    • +4 +4 0 Victor Greywolf Dec. 1, 2012
      "I agree that sex workers should have rights. I also agree, let the girls have the rights, but you are wrong on one part, and this is coming from someone who is pro legalization of prostitution. The part that you are wrong in is that it is legal in Thailand. It isn't, unfortunately.

      I agree that the legislation doesn't have the right to regulate our bodies, but also, they follow the anti sex feminists who as one person said, have to trap a man, because not even a street pimp or walker would give them the time of day, because of looks or attitude. The fact of the matter is that those people, along with the antis who go to prostitutes more than us, but don't want to admit it, want to keep it illegal, because they feel empowered by it, and they can bully somoene weaker than them. It should be up to the area to approve of such things, as Holland and some other nations have, because by taking it out of the criminals hands, and leaving it in the hands of the good people, there will be less exploitation, and the antis will lose their power over the prostitutes. We should get someone in office to approve it, and also with a backbone to say they are pro prostitution, and tell the antis to do you know what to themselves. End of story."
  • +1 +10 -9 Larry Oct. 29, 2012
    "I think most of the people pushing for the prosecution of prostitutes is women. They don't like the idea of a girl out there selling sex when the other women in the world have to trap guys into marriage and relationships in "trade" for sex. The bottom line is this, women nearly always have a "price" for sex one way or another. They just don't like it when some women don't beat around the bush. Men just have sex because they like it. Women have to get something for giving it. The truth hurts ladies."
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    • +6 +6 0 Victor Greywolf Nov. 4, 2012
      "You have said it bes, Larry. I couldn't agree more. That is the main reason that it has been kept illegal, was because of situations such as that, but the funniest thing is that women who have to trap a man want to make everyone's life miserable, because they are miserable, and feel everyone should suffer, and when a man leaves them, they take it out on everyone. I couldn't have put it better myself."
  • +1 +6 -5 AlexHunter Oct. 26, 2012
    "On a moral standpoint it shouldn't, but this isn't a perfect world. Men can get sexually frustrated very easily and its comforting to know that there is an outlet somewhere when normal women find you repulsive.
    The only part I don't agree with is advertising prostitution, as that glamourises what is most likely a fairly harrowing profession"
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  • +1 +9 -8 jenny Sep. 30, 2012
    "I was a working girl for over 5 years. I loved it but when you keep going to jail for some BS. You get mad of doing it. I stay in california i did porn, web city vibe and all The other ones. But you get put in jail and when you get there is no help. So you have to keep doing. Dont one want to help you. You have to what you know."
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  • +1 +11 -10 Bob Aug. 9, 2012
    "I feel that most, not all but most of the dangers involved in this profession would be illiminated by it's legalisation . Currently the police are forced to weed through the "working women" who are just trying to earn a living the best way they know how, to find the people who are being exploted and forced into this profession. If they can even be found to be helped, with legalization comes regulation. those that chose the profession can openly work, and the criminals that force others to work would be forced to justify their actions."
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    • +5 +5 0 Victor Greywolf Aug. 19, 2012
      "You said it best."
  • 0 +1 -1 Scott E. Browning Jul. 15, 2014
    "I believe that prostitution should be legalized for the following reasons: I. We will be able to regulate according to business standards. To the best of my knowledge, all of the Nevada brothels, carefully check to see if all women are of legal age. 2. We will be able to reduce the amount of sexually transmitted diseases that are present right now. All of the prostitutes in the Nevada brothels use plenty of lubricants, condoms, etc. to keep it as disease free as possible. 3. We will be able to eliminate pimps. After all, in the illegal world of prostitution, pimps are jerks, because they treat their women like garbage. At the brothels in Nevada as far I'm concerned, prostitutes are not dehumanized."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Zena Jul. 7, 2014
    "Yes of course, it is the OLDEST profession. It has caused jealousy in the states and areas it is legal. No one should be discriminated against because he or she works at a brothel weather performing or not. It is a shame if its not "mary" or "mary magdeloine"
    Zena"
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  • 0 +1 -1 zena Jul. 7, 2014
    "I believe prostitution should be legal. If controlled and handled with respect. It is the OLDEST profession, and it is a natural need to have sex."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Sokami Mashibe Jul. 5, 2014
    "Prostitution is voluntary, It is arbitrary to state there is anything wrong with it, even in the slightest.

    Morality is not dependent on ones on 'values', but purely dependent on the consideration of how ones actions affect other people. There are neutral actions that create neither a positive or negative condition upon people, then there are positive and negative actions, respective of the conditions they put upon another individual(s). Positive freedoms are liberties one can have because they do not affect another person negatively. Negative freedoms are liberties people cannot have because they do affect other people negatively.

    To specify more closely of what classifies as a 'negative condition' upon another individual, a negative condition occurs when Someone is harmed, hindered, Arbitrarily restricted, or treated unfairly based on the actions of another individual. Based on this notion above, it is in fact absolutely immoral to keep prostitution illegal, or a whole hose of other non-negative liberties illegal.

    As a last specification, an individual is one who can consciously reason out their own existence. Something that cannot figure that one thing out about themselves, is not an individual."
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  • 0 +2 -2 robert carr Jun. 25, 2014
    "I found all of the reasons to criminalize prostitution to be unconvincing save one. The feminist argument that the act of prostitution is inherently an abuse of women has gone largely un-refuted here and in other forums. As a feminist I felt very sympathetic to this argument. However, their argument is almost wholly based on the terrible effects that prostitution has on women, which I'll grant as being true in many cases; however, this can not be an argument for something being "bad" a priori. You can only argue that something is inherently evil if its evil manifests in every case and I can find many cases where payment for sexual services is mutually beneficial.

    The real "feminist argument" against prostitution is that it offends their sense of "sisterhood." Feminists see prostitution as an insult to the harmonious association of women in society because prostitution is not egalitarian. Specifically, in prostitution women who are younger and more physically attractive are advantaged over those who and older and wiser. In this debate feminists argue less like sisters as they do matriarchs keeping their wayward daughters in conformance to standards of conduct that suit the hierarchy at the expense of individual freedom."
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  • 0 +1 -1 George Jun. 18, 2014
    "They pay individuals to go into a ring and fight and hurt each other, but will jail an individual for providing a sexual service that for many have no where else to go.This would reduce sexual crimes, and also there are a lot of lonely people, again with no where to go for some comfort."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Jane May. 23, 2014
    "It's the same thing as an Escort Agency. It's so hypocritical, because the law is practically saying "Oh you can be a hoe, you just can't be a freelance hoe, you need to be a part of an agency"...but both still involve having people give sex & pay for sex -_-"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Alec C May. 14, 2014
    "Prostitution is a victimless crime. Why does it make sense to arrest someone who has consensual sex for money? What harms are they doing to them self? If the prostitutes are actually "victimizing" them self by selling their body then why are they the ones getting arrested? Arresting a prostitute because the sex might harm them is as dumb as arresting a depressed person because they may possibly become suicidal. There's no point in calling out prostitution as an exploited job. In all honesty, it's no more exploiting than the porn industry is. Isn't it more degrading to SOCIETY with naked pictures of men and women surfacing all over the media? Also, aren't porn stars technically prostitutes? They are selling their body/sex for money, in a sense. So it makes no sense to say prostitution should not be allowed, yet pornography should. There are also a TON of spillover benefits to legalizing prostitution. Like the health of prostitutes, the cut back of STD's/HIV, reduced violence, and reduced rape. There will be plenty of regulations on the prostitutes them self, ultimately making it a safer industry. It makes sense to legalize prostitution. It's going to occur no matter what the legal status is."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Elise May. 4, 2014
    "vivre libre"
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  • 0 +1 -1 sara love Apr. 24, 2014
    "I believe prostitution should be legalized, I believe its safe and no one is hurting any one. Its the same people hiring prostitutes that are putting them in jail, they just do it in other jurisdiction and know how to play the system. CEO, High Profile people and more that are hiring prostitutes with out the people like them prostitution would not be in business it is a billion dollar industry and why is that because of you. Wake up AMERICA its happening and its not going away LEGALIZE PROSTITUTION. I AM SMART AND EDUCATED I LOVE MEN WHY NOT MAKE IT WORK ITS FUN AND IM SAFE!"
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  • 0 +4 -4 no Apr. 11, 2014
    "no shouldnt have a yes section"
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  • 0 +2 -2 brandon Apr. 4, 2014
    "yes! because the rate of herpes is too damn high!
    it's bad (the herpes part)"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Brayden Apr. 3, 2014
    "Prostitution has been around for hundreds of years. It's your own decision, and your fault if you get an STD, r become pregnant. It's stupid to legislate because all you have to do to get around it is film it."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Andy williams Apr. 3, 2014
    "Its the persons choice to become a prostitute to fulfill their own needs. sure there's a chance some people are forced to do it, but by banning prostitution you would be limiting a persons right to freedom."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Meisha U Apr. 1, 2014
    "I am all for prostitution being legalized. I feel that women should have a choice to pursue any career path that she chooses. The choice is hers just as the choice for the customer to pay for the acts of sexual pleasure.

    I do not agree with women being forced into prostitution or sex trafficking. The women who chose to go into the profession of prostitution should definitely be smart and protect themselves.

    The choice is theirs and they must smart about the decisions they make."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Kyle Mar. 27, 2014
    "Yes, I think putting a price tag on the rental of my vagina will gain me so much more respect from men.
    Yes, I would support my own daughter's business to sleep with strange men for money...then expect her to find a fiance who has to wait at least 3 dates before getting to first base.
    No, he should never solicit a prostitute.
    Yes, I think my genitals are a prize.
    No, I'm not a hypocrite."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Joey Mar. 21, 2014
    "No one in this world should be able to tell you what you can and cannot do with your own body. If you want to sell it for sex, so be it. I don't think prostitution is fantastic or anything, but I don't believe that anyone should be able to tell you what you can and can not do. It's your own life."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Danny Mar. 17, 2014
    "Prostitution would lower sex related crimes such as rape by allowing people a place to satisfy their sexual urges, which is a natural human function, those unable to express themselves in other ways will have a legal outlet."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Domme Mar. 17, 2014
    "First lets get rid of the BS that prostitutes spread STDs. No they don't, if they did their business would literally dry up and there would not be any point to doing it. I think it is safer with a SOBER ADULT PROSTITUTE, then with a drunk one night stand you find at a bar that you had never completed a full conversation with (that you can remember).

    What I CHOOSE to do with my body is of none of your concern. i should be able to go to the doctor and get medical assistance by being 100% honest about what is going on with me and my activities without fear of repercussions. we keep mixing so many things into the equation instead of the issue. SEX FOR MONEY. that should be legal. i should not go to jail for buying or selling. PERIOD."
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  • 0 +2 -2 Jason Mar. 6, 2014
    "lmao, increase rape and homicide, yeah right. the government doesn't have the right to your body"
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  • 0 +2 -2 Georges Mar. 4, 2014
    "I consider that prostitution should be legal. The benefits for the sex worker are obvious - access to the right level of protection of her or his rights, or to social insurance, for instance, which cannot be secured as long as the profession is practiced hidden.

    One of the major arguments of opponents to legalization is the fact that prostitution, in itself, is detrimental to the well-being (particularly psychological well-being) of the prostitute. I do not deny that this must be a very tough profession. But then again, very few people have the chance to work in a position or a field in which they strive, to perform tasks which nourish them mentally. Most people who have ever worked on a production line, and experienced the mind-numbing, body-breaking repetition of movements, eight hours a day, would not call it a pleasant or a fulfilling job. We all sell eight (or more) hours of our time every day, the strength of our limbs, or the skills learnt by our brain. The only real difference I see with prostitution is that there is sex involved - which for quite a few people is still tainted with immorality and sin."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Rudy Feb. 9, 2014
    "legalize , tax and control( medical inspection)
    stop hypocracy of politicians"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Bopco Feb. 9, 2014
    "prostitution is a good way for many beautiful women to give sexual pleasure to men, without the need for social encounters. It's just a fact of life, that men enjoy playing with and looking at naked pretty female bodies. Put a Cutie on the cover of any magizine and it sells 4x what it would have, if there was a picture of a donut on the cover... Is "Prostitution" really any more degrading then fliping burgers for minimum wage???"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Molly Feb. 7, 2014
    "Prostitution should most definitely be legal. I say this since; it is no one the person's choice what they wish to do with their own body..people believe that taking away the right have a firearm is an issue; I completely agree! I also feel that what a person does with body is their own business, as well as what a person does with their own money. Conclusively, not letting it be legal is WRONG.. no prson, government or organization should have to right to control a persons body, or their money."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Erika Feb. 6, 2014
    "Prostitution should be legal in all of the United States. It has been proven to be safer for all involved. It is also wrong to legislate morality. The stigma that people are not supposed to be sexual is completely Victorian. Consenting adults have a right to do with their bodies as they please."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Mike Schwab Jan. 30, 2014
    "This is common sense. Of course, it should be legal. I'm not saying it's a good thing, and I'm not recommending that people should get involved, but just because people don't like other people doing it doesn't mean it should be against the law.
    People should be able to choose what they want to do with their bodies, as long as it isn't harming others. The arguments that this sort of behavior is hurting others are very weak.
    We are wasting taxpayer money by having cops going around trying to keep people from charging others to have sex with them. It's silly. I'm not sure about how I feel about turning this into a business for tax revenue, but prostitution should definitely be decriminalized."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Kitty Jan. 27, 2014
    "I'm a professional escort and I get sick of the LE out there spending all there time and money trying to stop an adult like myself when they can be out there searching for murderers, rapists, child molesters etc. I don't see anything wrong with legalizing it and if they did then this government would sure get out of the whole financially with the taxes it would generate. I'm an adult and what I do with my body is my choice. What 2 consenting adults do is their business. If someone wants to pay me $500 for my time, what we do in that time is OUR business and no one else's. Let me ask this question of all the high and mighty politicians and LE people: do you have spouses? do you give them money and gifts? do you have sex with them? Well then if you answered yes to those questions then you are no different. You're giving money and gifts and get sex as well. People really need to back off their moral horses and wake up. This is 2014. You will NEVER stop it. It will be here forever and as long as I'm able then I will continue to do so."
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    • 0 0 0 V Jul. 5, 2014
      "I may receive gifts from people I date, but it's not expected that I must have sex with them under any circumstances. If a man tries to pressure me sexually, I instantly leave him. Sex is something I only do purely for sexual desire. I think it's unhealthy to do otherwise. When money gets involved in that way, it creates pressure. I don't think it's good for anyone to get used to the idea that they can pressure others into sex or that their sexual desires matter more than the person that they are sleeping with. It's not a healthy thing for society. I wish you well. I hope you don't get hurt out there. I hope you will meet someone who will show you how much better relationships and sex can be. Good luck fellow woman. I may disagree with you, but I'm not against you."
  • 0 +7 -7 gabe Jan. 17, 2014
    "its always a good time ;)"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Kristine Dec. 21, 2013
    "I think it should be legal. It fufills a need like any other service. As far as it being immoral, theirs nothing immoral about giving a healthy sexual outlet. And prostitution can be charitable for people who can't get it any other way. I think it is more of a cial service than a social evil."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Greg "dratsab" Dec. 19, 2013
    "I believe it should be legal, because the individual has the right to freedom as long as one doesn't infringe on the rights of another individual. There is not even a solid ethical foundation, such as deontological or utilitarian, to criticize it as being immoral.

    All immoral action requires a victim of injustice, and even if you somehow see the prostitutes themselves as the victims, then why would you want to blame the victim and imprison her? What is happening to Marijuana needs to be happening to prostitution as well."
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    • 0 0 0 Greg "dratsab" Jul. 11, 2014
      ""Let every human being be treated with dignity"

      Define dignity.

      "each person's sexuality honored and respected."

      by legislating against the ones we don't like? That's not hypocritical at all.

      Prostitution is made illegal to teach women about the sacredness of their body, and how it is so sacred that it can't be risked to the responsibility and care of these women who God or nature mistakenly put in control of these bodies, but must be entrusted to the state who knows how to handle such delicate and important matters better than their owners could.

      "Let sex happen for sexual desire, no other reason. "

      You mean like how it is illegal to be a sugar daddy right? Ohh wait. Also, I guarantee you during a marriage almost always one person will not want to have sex, but will anyway, should this be illegal?

      "This is not acceptable because it is too inhumane."

      Maybe you should leave it up for the individual to decide, instead of putting the state in control of our sex lives? Again, you seem to be equivocating rape with prostitution, which I don't think is the case at all. Moreso it wouldn't be the case if it was, I don't know... LEGALIZED AND REGULATED!"
    • -1 0 -1 V Jul. 10, 2014
      "Greg Huffman, the solution for poor uneducated people is not prostitution. It's education, job training and affordable housing. Let every human being be treated with dignity, each person's sexuality honored and respected. Let sex happen for sexual desire, no other reason. Money is a kind of pressure. It is acceptable in other parts of life. Sexuality however, is extremely sensitive. A person who has been abused at the hands of another (which most prostitutes are) can suffer for years after the fact. My gynecologist told me some women come back to her ten years after being abused, still feeling chronic pain from physical trauma in their genitalia. It doesn't take as much as you would think to cause that kind of pain. Sex that is unwanted hurts. If someone depends on prostituting themselves to make money, it is much more likely that they will have unwanted sex to make ends meet. This is not acceptable because it is too inhumane."
    • -1 0 -1 Greg Huffman Jul. 7, 2014
      ""so who winds up being prostitutes, poor uneducated people in vulnerable situations."

      And do they do it by choice? If they do, then that must mean they think it is an improvement on their situation. How would it benefit them to take away one of their options? It is an insult to their integrity. It is being patronizing and saying that they don't make good choices for themselves. The same could be said regarding sweatshop labor. If you don't buy from the people working in sweatshops, it only makes it rougher for them, not better.

      And another point I would like to make is this. Legalized prostitution is not legalized slavery. The prostitute should have every right to go to the police if she is being coerced. This is a separate issue in regards to prostitution. If you found out sweatshop workers were being coerced to work in factories, would you want to outlaw all factory work? I think at least some sex workers enjoy their work. At least some. And that's more than one could say about something like McDonald's as a career."
    • -1 0 -1 V Jul. 5, 2014
      "The thing is, more often than not; people are forced into such things. Think: Why is prostitution so expensive? Because sex with random Johns is an extremely undesirable thing to do....so who winds up being prostitutes, poor uneducated people in vulnerable situations. On my street small city in state of New York USA, I saw a young woman being forced into prostitution. The way it worked was that she would find the customers and her abusive boyfriend/pimp followed in an expensive car to see where she was going. In all likelihood, the Johns had no idea she had a pimp because she would put on a good show for them so that she would get the money, so that he would not beat her as badly. She told me he had been to jail for breaking her jaw and being a sex offender, but got let out of jail. She was too afraid to go to the police because in her experience, they would not really help her and she would find herself in more danger from this abusive man. She was so frightened every time a car went by, she shook uncontrollably. She said "He takes all my paychecks. He made me move in with him." This woman is being forced to do this things through fear and violence. It may not appear that way to the John buying her services, but that's reality."
  • 0 +3 -3 Peter Dec. 18, 2013
    "Here's a photo essay about prostitution in the Dominican Republic, where it's legal, where women choose to do sex work but in a context of extremely limited economic opportunity.

    http://www.fotovisura.com/user/hookstrapped/view/sos-a

    It's a complex situation, but the idea promoted by prostitution abolitionists that it's inherently degrading and that women who sell sex are all victims doesn't stand up to scrutiny. It can be degrading and women can be victimized, but making it illegal makes it more likely to be so."
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    • +1 +1 0 V Jan. 20, 2014
      "This is why I think it should be illegal to be a John but not a prostitute. Measures could be taken that the minute a John makes a prostitute feel the slightest bit uncomfortable, they get arrested and no explanation is needed. Simply being a John should be sufficient enough. This way, since prostitution will probably still occur, they can continue to operate but with the protection of the police. Hopefully this would deter more dangerous men from seeing prostitutes. I really don't feel any pity for Johns that feel they get screwed over. They don't really have a right to be there to begin with. Using money to try to coerce something that doesn't come naturally ugh!"
  • 0 +3 -3 Kat Dec. 12, 2013
    "Its been around for centuries, let these women live their life how they want. At least they're actually making money rather than sitting on their butts collecting welfare."
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  • 0 +3 -3 N L Nov. 18, 2013
    "the constitution says that we have the right to happiness, and as a bit of a larger and older man, I have not had the chance nor the opportunity to take a lover. prostitution offers all of the brilliant feeling without the time that i do not have. go pro!"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Dmytro Nov. 16, 2013
    "It's all about if people can decide for themselves, or there is somebody, who knows better. Even if people really are too stupid to make decisions for themselves, they must be allowed to make them. Or they just won't have chance to learn."
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  • 0 +3 -3 zakk romano Nov. 12, 2013
    "i occasionally like to sell my body for money and at times i have no other source of income so i believe that if i want to bump uglies in order to get some fast cash then i should have the right to do so."
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  • 0 +3 -3 Joseph Nov. 7, 2013
    "I am for legalizing prostitution. Currently, we have child trafficking, physical abuse, drug use, violence, wasting of Police resources, repeat offenders, and disease with prostitution being illegal. What are the positives? Some children get "rescued" but the same can happen if prostitution is legalized.

    Legalize it. Set a minimum age of 21 to become a prostitute. Mandatory quarterly health check ups. Condoms a must in compliance with OSHA style safety guidelines. Health card / license must be displayed and available showing last medical examine, birth date of worker, and approval from agency licensing prostitutes. Think of LCB licensing bars or Health Department with restaurants. Clients sign in using valid ID verifying their age. Minimum is 21.

    You have now created a system where two adults having sex don't get arrested for a crime of morality. A system where those working within it are taxed. Where there can be some self esteem. Where money goes to the worker, not an abusive pimp. Young women won't start their adult lives incarcerated. The health and welfare of worker and client is looked after.

    Do the things that I typed and remove the danger, shame, and stigma from two adults having sex. Or keep the old ways:("
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  • 0 +4 -4 Quenisha Bailey Oct. 24, 2013
    "honestly it is no ones problem but the person who is prostituting or recieving why ia anyone else in their business its their right to sell whats theirs."
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  • 0 +4 -4 Jacob Mielke Oct. 12, 2013
    "Yes. Legalization has huge potential to lead to greater protections and safety for prostitutes."
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  • 0 +4 -4 A.J.S Sep. 30, 2013
    "All this that everyone has said is true, it would decrease the amount of rape and homocide. If a woman wants to sell herself for sex and money let her. In the USA it should be legalized, ONLY if she(the prostitute) doesnt have an STD, but if she does contract one than it shall be the payer(s) job to pay for it, BUT if she(the worker) gives he/she the payer(there could be lesbian prostitutes) an STD than she the worker must pay. Its only logical. Brothels and places where you could sell sex arent THAT much safer than the streets, but if you do put more in than you might want to add body guards and do a pat-down on whoever wants to go in."
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  • 0 +4 -4 rose Sep. 24, 2013
    "prostitution can be defined as a lot of things. Its the ay u look at it. If. 1st start dating a man he buys u dinners flowers candy ect .u then sleep w him. Why isn't that considered prostitution. What about a boyfriend who help pay ur bills .r u a 1 then too. Some guys pay women or men to get something that they cant somewhere else. If u r making an adult film them people get paid but that's not prostitution cause its a movie. R laws should be refined for our time today. These laws have been @ for years n should be updated. if they were we could back on$ to jails. they r crowed. I thought it was r right as us citizens to determine what we do w r bodies."
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  • 0 +4 -4 mintor Sep. 21, 2013
    "yes , its ppl are religion nuts that mostly against it."
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    • 0 0 0 v Jul. 5, 2014
      "I am not religious at all, but I am against prostitution."
  • 0 +4 -4 Ray Sep. 20, 2013
    "well,its pretty Obvious here it should be Legal & many agree, Violence? many married women are treated like slaves & abused. paying Taxes, women Not on the street, theres so many reasons why it should be LEGAL. Porn is legal Those women get Paid. its Taxed that's why its legal. so prostitution should also be, its up to the women who choose to sell whats theirs. NOT anyone els.
    this is America & we should Vote on it, Most states & people would say YES!"
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    • 0 0 0 V Jul. 10, 2014
      "No it's not obvious it should be legal. In fact it is obvious it should be illegal. SEX FOR SEXUAL DESIRE ONLY. When you add money, you are messing with nature in ways that really hurt people. Sex with a person you don't want hurts. It's degrading to the person involved. No one should have to do that to make ends meet. You are not paying attention to the ugly reality of the situation. You have some libertarian fairly tale ideas about sex. The reason you have to pay prostitutes is because they wouldn't sleep with you otherwise. Get that through your head. Sleep with someone who will desires you and will do it for free."
  • 0 +5 -5 David Sep. 14, 2013
    "#! - it would help with reducing girls getting pregnant who should not have babies. #2 - there is no real crime #3 - if it was legal it would be much safer for both and would raise tax revenues #5 - police and gov't won't have to waste their time and can do more important things."
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    • 0 0 0 Deb Jul. 21, 2014
      "I think I totally agree with you"
  • 0 +4 -4 Deb Aug. 29, 2013
    "YES, YES, YES - prostitution absolutely should be legalized. I am a 60 year old woman and I say yes. It could save a lot of marriages. So many marriages break up only because of sexual problems."
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    • +1 +1 0 V Jul. 11, 2014
      "Uh how about finding a willing friend who has natural sexual desire for such things rather than manipulating poor people into sex they don't really want with money. What a sick view of sexuality you Pros have! This is meant to be something loving and intimate. What happened to humanity."
  • 0 +4 -4 Bill Aug. 24, 2013
    "Prostitution should be legal. Criminalizing prostitution does not reduce prostitution, it only makes it go underground. It becomes less safe for both the buyer and seller. Just think about it, when it is illegal and a woman is raped and beaten, she is less likely to go to the police. If a man is beaten or robbed, he is also less likely to go to the police."
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  • 0 +4 -4 ayobunz Aug. 7, 2013
    "Consenting adults are consenting adults. Listen to all the con's who probably watch porn or are married to people who like porn."
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  • 0 +4 -4 RegalDevil Jul. 10, 2013
    "It's not going away, so the best thing is to legalize it and tax it like any other business: we could do away with or lower other revenue generating taxes. Legalizing it would get prostitution OFF the streets AND it would re-deploy the law enforcement personnel to issues more violent rather than issues that are personal between the prostitute and the customer."
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  • 0 +4 -4 Igor Jun. 22, 2013
    "I believe the right to own and sell your body is a basic human right!"
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  • 0 +4 -4 Kevin Jun. 16, 2013
    "Controlled prostitution would control disease decrease human tensions. Prevent humans from using sex as leverage. Hopefully stop sex crimes and increase peace and happiness in society."
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  • 0 +5 -5 veronica gragg May. 15, 2013
    "why not they legazlie every thing else"
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  • 0 +4 -4 Jason May. 14, 2013
    "Prostitution is a right all adults have to the use of their own body. Opponents of prostitution are cowards hiding behind a veil of self-righteous condemnation of prostitution as somehow harmful to the very prostitutes whom they oppress. Their arguments often overlook the fact that the dangers associated with prostitution -- such as poor health and abusive pimps/customers -- are the direct result of the black market status of the trade. Localities with legal prostitution such as Amsterdam demonstrate the ease with which the freedom for consenting adults to engage in prostitution decimates the black market, grows the economy, and drastically improves the lives of sex workers and their customers. Opponents of the freedom to prostitute are to blame for the spread of STD's, unfair working conditions, imprisonment, and the damaged lives, health, and wealth of both prostitutes and clients. Prostitution also provides a therapeutic role for many customers, which improves the sex lives and mental health of some, in addition to reducing sex crime and violence. Prostitution also empowers otherwise economically vulnerable women, who are forced into crime, unemployment, and dependance on abusive men by the anti-prostitution oppressors."
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    • 0 0 0 V Jul. 5, 2014
      "Prostitution messes with normal sexuality by creating an unequal relationship between those having sex. Sex should be a place for mutual sexual enjoyment. If it's someone's "job" then one person's sexual desires are prioritized over the other. Even in the best case scenerio of prostitution, it's still not a good thing for our society. It's much better to encourage more non-paid regular sex in which people meet each other with mutual sexual desire."
  • 0 +5 -5 mr. right May. 4, 2013
    "Think of it another way... Do you want you tax dollars used to pay for entrapment schemes? That's how prostitution is fought. Police like this because there is little chance of violence. In the meantime, real criminals are out there."
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    • 0 0 0 V Jul. 10, 2014
      "Absolutely. Entrapment a great way to catch dangerous people before they hurt others. Use my tax dollars for that."
  • 0 +6 -6 yo mama xD Apr. 29, 2013
    "Yes Because we need sex :)"
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    • +1 +1 0 V Jul. 11, 2014
      "You don't need sex. You can masturbate or not even masturbate and still live."
  • 0 +6 -6 springjourney Apr. 20, 2013
    "Sex is a human natural right, the same as access to food and water. It is outright violation of constitution to prohibit access to sex.
    It is a personal matter not the government business."
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    • 0 0 0 V Jul. 5, 2014
      "You do not have a right to have sex with any other person's body unless that person wants to have sex with you and is a sober adult. Laws are there to protect people from being in situations in which they are forced into sexuality. Prostitution often such a situation. There are many cases of women appearing to act alone who are actually being forcibly enslaved by pimps. All you Pro's have this idyllic view of prostitution which does not reflect the nasty reality, money supposed to replace natural sexual desire. Everyone who thinks it's ok to be a John, I challenge you to put yourself on the market tomorrow and sleep with whoever wants you even if you don't feel attraction."
  • 0 +5 -5 Paul Apr. 13, 2013
    "This argument seems similar to the argument over marijuana legalization. There needs to be a distinction made between human trafficking and prostitution. I think we all agree human trafficking should be dealt with harshly, but is it confined to prostitution? The bottom line is that prostitution will occur no matter what the laws say. Why not regulate it and try to make it as safe as possible for those involved? Regulation would create tax dollars to help shape the industry."
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    • 0 0 0 V Jul. 5, 2014
      "I'm against legalization because it endorses a cultural attitude of entitlement by some individuals over others in regards to sexuality. It's unhealthy for people to think this way about sex. Sex for sexual desire! Marijuana is an entirely different issue. I'm actually pro-marijuana legalization."
  • 0 +6 -6 Jim Apr. 1, 2013
    "Yes give us more"
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  • 0 +6 -6 Brianna Smith Mar. 13, 2013
    "If women and men want to give there bodies to people then why shouldn't they? It's there body they should do what they want with it as long as they don't harm anyone else in the process. If women and men are being forced into prostitution then that to me should be illegal. Women and men should have there own business for prostitution (heterosexual women-heterosexual woman, homosexual men-heterosexual woman, homosexual women-homosexual man, and heterosexual men- homosexual woman as the managers). There are pros and cons but this is just my opinion."
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  • 0 +4 -4 Frii Mar. 12, 2013
    "Not only should prostitution be legal it should be free! If prostitution were free then maybe there be no more rape. The prostitutes would be paid for by tax dollars. That is money well spend, how can you put a price on our peace of mind and lives? There be both sexes as prostitutes. If prostitution is free its not really prostitutes it something else some kinda, fun service I guess."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Daniel Feb. 18, 2013
    "as long as it pays the bills and keeps my family off the streets then why not?"
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    • +3 +4 -1 Victor Greywolf Feb. 22, 2013
      "Hey, aren't you the same "Daniel" who was the anti? As far as why not, sure. I mean, if it helps the economy, and brings a smile to people, and helps them out in life, then why not, right?"
  • 0 +8 -8 Ken Chartrand Feb. 1, 2013
    "Yes ,but the prostitute should be of legal age and in charge of her own body and in a licensed establishment."
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  • 0 +8 -8 dave Jan. 22, 2013
    "every American should be able to do what he / she want with there own life big brother has to many rules now .and it will just keep getting worse. I feel if you are old enough to fight in a war that haft of American don't believe in and be killed your should be able to work in prostitution"
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  • 0 +4 -4 Casey Jan. 22, 2013
    "I believe that prostitution should be legal for the fact that it will increase the tax revenue. Another thing is, if its legal for someone to video tape and SELL a sex tape then it should be legal for consenting adults to be able to pay for sexual pleasure. A prostitute can or cannot consent to the types of "roleplay" that they will go through with. Its their choice, why not make it easier for them to enjoy life."
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  • 0 +6 -6 jay Dec. 30, 2012
    "Everyone has the right to do whatever they choose to do with their own body as long as it is not having a direct negative impact on another person. That is the bottom line for me."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Rich Dec. 26, 2012
    "The majority ALWAYS favors legalizing it but are apathetic in activism to change it. We are legalizing substances that may cause life threatening consequences should these people get in cars in search for cheetos after smoking it. We still won't let money be bartered for sex, even if it is nobodies business how a person gets laid.

    Sad to the power of infinity that you people just won't act, you won't contact state representatives and innocent people suffer because of it."
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    • +5 +5 0 Victor Greywolf Dec. 28, 2012
      "How do you know that some of us, or alot of us haven't tried that? I agree, it should be legalized, and alot of people out there DO write to state representatives, have put out online petitions, AND have have gotten signatures, but unfortunately, the politicians are too gutless to do something, mainly because they are ruled via the antis, and the antis LOVE the bullying and exploitation, because that is how they get their kicks, and money from. Most of the anti sex femininsts, the moralists, they make money off of that, such as with their propaganda against sex for sale, or trying to put out biases against sex for sale, etc. and pushing this save it for marriage, when in reality, they are the ones who go to them the most, and get caught, which gives the media more money, due to ratings. So, in reality, it is not us pros who are gutless, it is the people in power who are, since they don't want to do anything, other than just kvetch all day, and women who have to trap a man in a relationship or marriage, because they know not even a street pimp would give them the time of day, otherwise why push so hard to make it illegal to boost their egos

      We should start an online petition, and get the ball rolling."
  • 0 +6 -6 starfire Oct. 28, 2012
    "yes it should because some people need to let off some stuff and if sex is there way i say let em"
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  • 0 +7 -7 Jake Oct. 20, 2012
    "First, it is safer for the man or woman who is selling the experience, disease and abuse wise.
    Second, it is safer for the person buying the experience.
    Third, people already do it, so why not tax it?
    Fourth, it would create jobs.
    Fifth, to those saying it is not right for women, who are you to say that? Women are and deserve to be just as sexual as men
    Sixth, to those who say that it would cause men or women to cheat. If they would sleep with a prostitute then they would have done it even if it was not legal, although perhaps not buying it.
    Finally, it would promote sexual and emotional openness in a society that still mostly shuts those feeling away."
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  • 0 +6 -6 Amira Passarge Oct. 13, 2012
    "Is everyone crazy? I'm a student and I really enjoy working as a prostitute, everybody knows that I do it. I don't try to hide it! This is crazy, how else should I earn my money?"
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    • +5 +6 -1 Victor Greywolf Oct. 18, 2012
      "Glad to hear it, Amira Passarge. It is fun to enjoy what you do, and getting paid for it is a bonus, especially from the antis that we KNOW love exploiting it, for their own personal agenda and power. As far as what you do goes, I want to say I salute you for it, and keep up the good work. I hope things work out well for you in the wonderful field of pleasuring people. See, ANTIS, you could learn a thing or two from someone like Amira here, instead of your own stupidity, and wanting to keep these people around to further your own political agenda. I salute you, Amira."
    • +1 +1 0 v Jan. 20, 2014
      "Really?! As a fellow woman, I fear for you. If you could make all the money another way just as easily, would you? I always think it must hurt to have sex with men you don't naturally desire. I have the impression that since they are paying they will not be so concerned with your comfort in the matter. It just seems unnatural. Though I'm against legalizing prostitution, don't get me wrong, I'm not against you. I want the police to protect you not criminalize you. I'm against the Johns. I want there to be laws like in France. That way, if someone is not treating you right, you can go to the police and get him in trouble. I don't think it should be normalized because I get the impression that a man who does such things sees a woman more as an object than as an equal and cares more for himself than for her. I mean no disrespect to you, fellow woman, I'm just afraid for you. I hope you're really as well and happy as you say...generally though I feel you should have more good options, so if you didn't want to do that, you could have something else."
  • 0 +9 -9 Kimono Oct. 12, 2012
    "As we evolve into sentient beings we are still pestered by primal urges... Better health and well being is achieved by a balanced system. Mind Body Soul must all be fed. ProCon feeds Mind and Soul... who will feed my body? I will of course."
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  • 0 +10 -10 Andrew Oct. 11, 2012
    "I am PRO because I can't live without sex and I can't live with sex only with one women and I have no time-external appearance to get sex in traditional flirting and all that crap. I don't want to live tin the world, where prositution is illigal. Every man SHOULD have a right for sex! So either state should provide sex with beautiful women for free or legalize prostitution! I live and work in Norway and I want to live this country simply because without sex I become aggressive and can't work normally. All mens are warriors by nature, it is normal for them to want sex and to be very very unhappy withot it. Sex equalizes ugly and beuatiful men because it gives more opportunities to men, which are smart enough to have enough money. I totally support the prosutition, I think it is noble and very respectful profession. I don't want my wife or daughter to be prostitutes because of being poor, but if they would like to be prostitutes to have pleasure and fun I am fine with that!"
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    • +1 +1 0 V Jan. 20, 2014
      "Andrew YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO SEX. Banish that idea from your brain. Each person has a right to be treated equally in sexual relations. That is, you must pleasure the WOMAN you're sleeping with. You pay because you're trying to make up for the fact that you're not. Perhaps if you sleep with ugly women, you will have more success,"
  • 0 +8 -8 F Sep. 23, 2012
    "I think prostitution should be legal. It would empower young women by giving them the income they need to be empowered. STD's what if they only prostitute for a short time wouldn't that lower the chance of STD's. We already have STD's without prostitution. One customer a day for a year at let say $250.00 would equal $91,250.00."
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    • +5 +6 -1 Victor Greywolf Sep. 26, 2012
      "I agree, but the antis and the anti sex feminists make it hard to happen. I also agree that it would empower women, especially since society says it is wrong. By women of ANY age doing that, it is saying to the moralists and the antis screw them. I bet they never get screwed, and that is why they are so against it. Where is the equality, right?

      As far as STD's, when it is illegal, they spread more than if it was legalized. I like the way you think "F""
  • 0 +11 -11 dale Aug. 25, 2012
    "There are any number of beneficial services which are legal for one person to do for another. Massage, isometric physical therapy, acupuncture, etc. It then makes absolutely no sense to make a legal sex act criminal simply because it's a transactional service between two consenting adults.
    The objections are all bunk. Forced sex is rape. That's a crime. Forcing prostitution is rape yeah, but not all prostitutes are forced. Prostitution encourages illegal activity because prostitutes are forced to operate outside the law. As with all illegal activity, it tends to draw criminal mentalities. To me, that makes the prostitute the victim. Legalizing it puts it into the realm of a business. And business are subject to licensing, zoning regulations, etc.
    My opinion? There's no such thing as free sex. In some form or another, men have been leveraged by women with sex since time began. That power is diminished when a man can circumvent the social head games and have sex for sex's sake. That's the real objection. everything else is smoke and mirrors to hide that reality."
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  • 0 +11 -11 Evan Aug. 15, 2012
    "YES. The people who are against it don't have to partake! There are a lot of things I choose not to partake in like getting drunk, watching horror movies or smoking cigarettes. But that doesn't mean I want to criminalize smoking, alcohol or production of horror films. The people who are against prostitution need to mind their own business, And some people who are against prostitution say it makes it easier for men to cheat on their wives. Maybe to some degree it does, but if a man wants to cheat he will cheat regardless of whether prostitution is illegal or not. It's legal in Germany and they're one of the most economically secure European country! So I say let's legalize it and the ultra religous and other anti prostitution groups can deal with it! They can choose not to partake and STOP forcing their beliefs and opinions on everyone!"
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    • +8 +8 0 Victor Greywolf Aug. 19, 2012
      "Yeah, but the problem is that they love sticking their nose in the business they don't want to be in, because the antis LOVE to do that, plus they feel it is their right to, because if we make it legal, we take away their right to bully, blackmail, and their control over those people. That's what it's all about, control and the desire to bully someone in that profession for their own personal feeling of power over someone, who they can bully.

      As far as cheating, why not ban affairs or hook ups. The reason of cheating is the stupidest reason in the world to make something illegal. Can they come up with a better argument than that for keeping it illegal? Next thing they are going to say is that they believe in the tooth fairy, and still put teeth under their pillow for money, when in reality, it doesnt happen.

      As far as legalization, they don't want it, because of what I stated earlier.

      I agree, tell the ultra religious who we know go, and the antis to deal with it. Plus, there are anti sex feminists who can't have a man, and want it illegal so if they get a man, he's forced to stay with her.

      Antis, YOU are the biggest problem of them all, and you LOVE it right? You are the reason for exploitation and all that."
    • +1 +1 0 V Jul. 11, 2014
      "The reason we who are against it and speak out agressively about it is because of the way it impacts society, human beings. Sexuality should not be seen like a business deal. People should meet as equals in bed, valuing each others sexual desires equally, respecting each others desires. No amount of money means a person "owes" another person sex. Sex is an extremely sensitive part of the human experience. People who have been abused often suffer many many years after the fact even if they were not "physically forced". Prostitution is like paying for the right to not care about the other person and be only concerned with what you want. This is not a moral approach to sexuality. It should not be encouraged. Your liberitarian fantasy land does not reflect the widespread poverty and abuse that surrounds world of prostitution. Wake up and look at the ugly reality. Do something about it. Don't just accept it."
  • 0 +9 -9 sam Jul. 30, 2012
    "most of our educated countries have it. As old as time, it will always be a part of our life, why not make it safe, and enjoyable for those whol find it important in their life. Those who don't can avoid it."
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  • 0 +9 -9 Gabriel Jul. 28, 2012
    "People are allowed to have sex before marriage. It's not commendable, but it is legal. Why should it be a crime once money is involved?"
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    • +1 +1 0 V Jul. 11, 2014
      "Because money creates inequality between the individuals in regards to sex. Rich people are taught that their sexual desires matter more than poor people. Those that are poor or vulnerable wind up in really uncomfortable situations in which they are being devalued and degraded. No one should have to sell themselves to make money. This is something that must be prevented as sexuality is an extremely sensitive part of the human experience. It can hurt a lot if something doesn't go right. The negative effects are way too far reaching. Often prostitutes get raped. Children of raped adults live with their parent's post traumatic stress disorder. It's really bad for society. It's not "victimless" even if a John is gentle, because just in choosing to be a John he is saying "My desires matter more than yours, because I am paying" even if he doesn't say so explicitly. This kind of grotesque inequality is not acceptable."
  • 0 +12 -12 Chris Jul. 25, 2012
    "Although I do not agree with prostitution and would personally never pay anyone for sex, I don't think it is the government's place to call it illegal. Whether it is illegal or not, people are going to take part in it. I don't believe that it hurts or causes danger to anyone (except for the risk of contracting and/or spreading STD's, which is your own fault of you're dumb enough to take part in such activities). There are much worse ways for people to make money such as selling harmful drugs."
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    • +6 +7 -1 Victor Greywolf Jul. 27, 2012
      "You know what? For an anti, you actually make sense.

      You're right, they ARE going to take part in it, especially the bullying and loving of exploitation ANTIS, aka CONS.

      Spreading STD's, well if they aren't checked and do it without condoms, yes.

      AND, you are right, there are worse ways, such as selling hard narcotics, but with all those, legalizing prostitution is almost miniscule in comparison. And with it being legalized, the antis won't have the power to bully someone like they do, and that is why they want it illegal.

      But I agree with the worse part of it with drugs being worse, but with the drug overdoses, one person dies, and it is good riddance to a junkie.

      At least you made better sense, which is more than I can say for antis."
  • -1 +4 -5 erik Feb. 6, 2014
    "i like it"
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  • -1 +5 -6 Sanderson Sep. 11, 2013
    "Prostitutes deserve health insurance, unions to protect them from hostile managers and unfair working conditions. As well as standards of service and a paper trail in the interest of the safety of both lady and client.in case of accident, injury or any slight."
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    • +1 +1 0 V Jul. 11, 2014
      "Human beings deserve job-training, education housing and other kinds of care so they don't have to compromise their own sexual desires for survival."
  • -1 +3 -4 Bob Sep. 10, 2013
    "Yes, because it is the woman's right to choose what to do with her body. Isn't that what all the baby killer's say (abortion rights). Besides, sometime a man just needs to get off without all the rigamaroo of dating, etc."
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  • -1 +4 -5 km Aug. 9, 2013
    "if yes, then there would be no reason to try to find PUBLIC places to do it.. they could openly take them home or to a room planned for their business to operate. They could be required to have testing for diseases.. required to play safely by wearing protection. It could be taxed and brothels could be opened up with safety of the 'workers' from becoming victims of violent crimes.. murderers and sadistic rapists like to pick street prostitutes for easy victims. If it were legalized, there would be no reason for them to be on the streets. It works in Nevada.. where the brothels function like businesses.. girls get medical checkups and I am sure there is some form of reporting of income and taxation so the county benefits.. where as while it is going to happen ANYWAY illegally.. no tax revenue.. public places are having to deal with it.. now it has become more involved with computer site ads and hotel rooms rented for that purpose.. all that is left is to make it legal to take away the criminal factor. Its happening anyway.. so criminalizing it is NOT helping to rid the city of the act. Just my opinion."
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  • -1 +4 -5 dal e Jul. 6, 2013
    "Prostitution IS legal in some areas of Nevada. With the official regulations and enforcement of the industry, none of the horror stories from the illicit sex trade occurs. Licensing prostitution is opposed by people who want to dictate what others do based on their personal morals.
    I personally have more respect for prostitutes than I do for women who portray sex as "intimate" but then use sex to manipulate men and play emotional headgames. Legal hookers rob women of the power biology gives them. THAT'S the real reson its illegal."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Emma Jun. 16, 2013
    "Prostitution will happen whether it is legalized or not. If we legalize it, at least it will be conducted safely, reducing the risk and spread of STD's. On top of this, legalizing it also means it could be taxed, helping to lower the nation's debt."
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  • -1 +4 -5 Anonymous Jun. 10, 2013
    "When something is made illegal, it will just go underground, and become an income for organized crime. These organisations will enslave the workers with various nasty means, and will profit 50-60% of the money they earn. Sometimes the workers are socially isolated and thereafter abducted to prevent them from escaping or telling anyone, and in some countries workers seeking help will have to admit that they commit crimes themselves, and end up in prison instead.
    Making it legal would make prostitution voluntary, eliminating the opportunity for the mob to exploit the workers.
    Making prostitution available would also prevent sexually frustrated men from commiting rapes or exploiting women emotionally for sex, while also preventing women from exploiting starved men with promises of sex."
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  • -1 +5 -6 LIz Jun. 2, 2013
    "Legalizing prostitution means regulations. It also means safer conditions for prostitutes, including health care and brothels."
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  • -1 +5 -6 Priscilla May. 24, 2013
    "In my opinion prostitution should be legalized, paying another adult for sexual favors, assuming it is consensual, does not harm other individuals. Considering how the the porn industry operates, not to mention the many individuals who are participate in having so called "sugar daddy" "sugar momma" type friendships."
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  • -1 +6 -7 Parmon Apr. 11, 2013
    "Yes it should be legal that way the cops couldnt arrest do all the crap they do now to the girls and guys. And it would cut down on sex crimes and I think it would be for the good of all. Why its not legal and why they cant I will never under
    stand. But absolutely."
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  • -1 +6 -7 Holden Caulfield Apr. 11, 2013
    "Increased tax revenue for local, state and federal government through licensing. Improved health via required STD screening for licensed prostitutes. Reduced or eliminated jail sentences for prostitution law violations. Improved self image of prostitutes. A true alternative to marriage or monogamy."
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    • +1 +1 0 v Jul. 11, 2014
      "Encouraging inhumane treatment of other persons in sexuality. Devaluing the sexual pleasure of one person over that of another in a sexual situation. Sex is a sensitive intimate experience. If it doesn't happen right it can really harm people. SEX FOR SEXUAL DESIRE ONLY. No prostitution."
  • -1 +6 -7 AnthonyB Apr. 5, 2013
    "As a gay man I think that it is fine. As long as you're using protection and get scanned for diseases regularly what is the harm? This should be a legal, regulated profession.
    How can this threaten marriage? Legal or not if a man wants to cheat he will do it anyway he can."
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  • -1 +6 -7 Nicole Feb. 21, 2013
    "I feel that if you make that decision to be a prostitute, then that is your decision. What an individual chooses to do with their own body, is their own business. By making prostitution illegal, you are promoting people to move onto the streets and work illegally and unprotected as opposed to keeping them safe in brothel where they can be provided with protection not only through STD testing but with security as well."
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    • +2 +3 -1 Victor Greywolf Feb. 22, 2013
      "You said it best, Nicole. I couldn't agree more, but the antis won't believe it, especially since to them, the illegal aspect, as well as the exploitation, as they put it, is nothing more to them other than a hook to hold onto. Nevada, and the places that legalize it, they have it correct. Brothels work, and they have the girls protected. Also, if STD testing was made mandatory, it would reduce the amounts of STDs being spread, because people would be checked, as opposed to picking someone up from the streets or a bar. When you don't go in a safe place, it is like playing Russian roulette with your life. But the antis LOVE that, because that way, they can keep complaining, and ruining things for everyone, don't you, antis? We know they go with the prostitutes, and like to keep it illegal, they just don't want to admit it.

      Anyway, good call with your statement. We need more people like you in power, instead of people like the antis who are responsible for most of the problems."

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  • +21 +126 -105 M Jul. 18, 2011
    "I'm con for legalising prostitution as I live in the UK where prostitution is already legal. Its the way in which the business is conducted that makes it illegal.

    I have no problem with escorts and those who work in massage parlours. But when their company takes 50% of what the sex workers make that should be illegal. Telling the workers what to do and how to do it with their own bodies is a form of abuse. Its profiting from prostitution by controlling it and should be controlled itself by the law.

    On-street prostitution however is anti-social. I don't want my wife or daughter walking out of the house and being approached in our street by men for sex in exchange for money. And if i don't want it in my street with my family why should I want it in anyones street. Besides which I can't let my children play in the local park or even walk my dog in the playing fields because of the condoms and needles left behind by prostitutes and their clients. Thats the part thats illegal and should stay illegal."
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    • +21 +23 -2 Tom Dec. 11, 2011
      "I agree that the exploitation should be deterred. Pimping should be illegal. Sex workers should be allowed to form co-ops and hire employees to help them operate an establishment. But outlawing prostitution leaves the sex workers totally without legal protection from exploitation."
    • +8 +11 -3 Victor Greywolf Feb. 3, 2012
      "Then what would you suggest should be done outside of prohibition, which has been proven on a few times to be a failure? What would you suggest?

      As far as other wives and daughters go, if that is what they want to do, so be it. It isn't anyone's business but their own.

      To respond to the companies taking 50%, guess what, ANYONE who works for someone, such as in sales takes 50%, whether you are a prostitute, or a sales person, or a person represented by a talent agent.

      Then, what do you suggest they do about the street walkers, and all that? Can you give us an honest answer, since making it illegal only makes it worse. Thank you."
    • +4 +6 -2 Pondera May. 23, 2012
      "The concept of 50% from "sales" is an interesting one.

      If a shop assistant on $15 per hour takes 1 hour to sell a $2,000 TV the employer takes a far far larger percentage profit than the shop assistant. Is that wrong?

      Employment agencies regularly take a 25% to 35% mark-up on the employees from the customer. Is that wrong? The difference is the sex service is the employee collects the money on behalf of the employer. Proper, licensed and inspected employers would protect the girls and support them.

      If you look at escort and sex service sites like Adultwork.com in relation to the UK where prostitution is legal you will see in the likes and dislikes of the service providers they CHOOSE what they will do. They consequently do not meet clients who want what they do not offer. In the USA these carefully worded escort ads make no statement on what is on offer so its a matter for negotiation when the parties meet. Surely it is far better, for instance, that the anal sex lover meets a woman who is prepared to do that than forces one who is not?

      Legalising sex services would result in safer, off street conditions so your wife would be safer. How do you know the condoms and needles belong to prostitutes by the way?"
    • +1 +2 -1 Casey Jan. 22, 2013
      "Its still going to happen if its legal or not. It just makes for an even bigger risk, that it is illegal. Your not gonna stop people from leaving their used needles on the side walks or roads. Drugs are illegal, and look people still do them. If you make something illegal its is going to spark interest in a few people and make them want to do it more. People get pleasure and satisfaction out of defying the government and the law. It happens. Why not make it legal, and just give them rules. Like set places. And times. You kinda like a bar has rules, and certain times that they can be open. Give the people what they want, and make life a little bit easier."
    • +1 +1 0 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "It isn't 50%, have you actually been to a brothel as a customer or a worker? Clearly not."
    • -1 +1 -2 Joseph Nov. 7, 2013
      "The flaw in your logic is the street scenario. I don't recall people advocating allowing "street walkers" to operate legally. That would be the change. It would be taken off of the street. I believe that most of us that are for legalization view it as a service rendered much like a bar, legitimate massage parlor, or even places (in the USA) where you can rent and shoot a firearm as a responsible adult.

      I can go to a bar in the United States and drink six beers, down 5 shots of Bacardi, and polish it off with a whiskey sour. That's legal. It leads to much trouble which I've witnessed. How hypocritical is it that I can do the aforementioned and drive away in my car possibly injuring or killing myself or others but I can't call a prostitute, schedule a meeting, view their health creditionals, swipe my credit card, put on a condom, get laid, then go home?

      Having sex in public would still be illegal. Go to the woods near a College Campus. It isn't prostitutes and johns that are littering the woods with condoms. Where there is opportunity people will do it."
  • +4 +15 -11 Grant Jan. 22, 2014
    "The biggest problem with legalizing prostitution is the way that it affects society. By legalizing the sale of women's bodies to men, we further validate the idea that a woman's worth is merely the sum of her body parts.
    This issue isn't limited to prostitution. Watch ads closely and you will begin to notice: The man in a business suit has a watch on his wrist. He is smart, suave, sophisticated. We turn the page. A woman holds out a bottle of cologne. She is mostly covered by the flowing purple sheet, and her expression betrays her longing for you. She is...just sexy. No personality, no brains, no aspirations. She has a beautiful body, and nothing else to recommend her.
    Legalizing prostitution would only enforce this pattern, and when women become objects rather than people, we begin to see a culture where rape is sexy and women don't mean no when they say it. This is hugely degrading, and very dangerous.
    Also, the line between voluntarily working as a prostitute and being coerced into it is also notoriously blurry. Has a woman who has given consent to an emotionally manipulative and abusive boyfriend to be sold for sex a voluntary worker? I would say no, but the law would probably say yes."
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    • +3 +3 0 Trevor Feb. 25, 2014
      "you do realize men are prostitutes too..."
    • +1 +1 0 thad Jun. 25, 2014
      "I agree with most of what you are saying except the word merely. I think we should validate and recognize that part of a persons worth (male or female) is their physical attractiveness. If you have a problem with that, blame our creator. The fact that when people sell sexual services they bank on their attractiveness, youth and sexual interests may be unfair but that should not make it illegal. Should professional basketball be illegal just because most are am too short, old or fat to compete?

      This bemoaning about objectification of women is merely a lament that nature has made physical attractiveness a prime motivation for men in their sexual fulfillment. Prostitution doesn't cause this nor does pornography. They do bring this fact out into the open and force us to accept this as part of life. My sisters and daughters will succeed in life partially based on their physical attractiveness. You may think this is unfair as I do. But I would not make any woman a criminal just because not all women can make as much money as a prostitute as those more physically blessed. I certainly would not make a man criminal because he has more wealth than physical attractiveness and chooses to trade wealth for sexual fulfillment."
    • 0 +1 -1 robert Jun. 25, 2014
      "I would point out that the same arguments were used to try to outlaw pornography back in the 70's and 80's. The advent of the computer totally debunked any arguments as to the evil of porno. No one can argue that the most recent decade where pornography has been universally available - even to minors is worse for it. Rape and violent crime is down, spousal abuse is down, and today's youth has not been harmed in any meaningful way.

      I would guess that we would find the same with legalizing prostitution. It would be more widely available but hardly anyone would notice. The police would just have to find others to roust and bust for drugs or whatever."
  • +1 +3 -2 thad carr Jun. 25, 2014
    "The long liberal arch of progress in social issues over the last half century gives me confidence that the libertarian argument will prevail and just as drinking, gambling, homosexuality, abortion, and marijuana use have become legal and accepted, so will prostitution.

    Why is this bad? Well like the other vices mentioned, legalizing prostitution will complicate our lives. It will lead us all into making choices about our sexuality we never had to before.

    I can not agree that making one half of the "sex for money" transaction legal and the other half criminal is just, but It may be effective at reducing the harmful sequella of prostitution. There may be other possible ways to achieve the same ends but it is only the men who are disadvantaged with the feminist solution. Certainly legalization does not provide a panacea and make the problems associated with prostitution go away. Abuse, trafficking, and corruption of minors could be dealt with by instituting new programs in conjunction with legalization but the laws in Sweden and Norway have the advantage of making men criminals."
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  • +1 +6 -5 Think about it Mar. 22, 2014
    "My questions for those who believe prostitution is a pro is what about human trafficking? Do you believe prostitution has nothing to do with men exploiting women's bodies? Human trafficking is a result in the sexual objectification of women's bodies. It doesn't matter if a women consents to being used as sexual object her consent does not make the action right. I believe that people do have to keep a moral high ground here because if you adopt the belief that people should just do want they want then you compromise people's rights and freedoms. I do not see how anyone can think that this behavior should be legal. I encourage people to take time any really think about this- people are much more than their bodies, much more some dollar amount. Women are not empowering themselves when they allow themselves to be treated this way. It's absolutely crazy that some women value money more than any self-respect! Is it too much to ask that we respect people for who they are and not use them as some type of commodity? Doesn't anyone wonder why something is considered immoral? It's immoral because it belittles people, it hurts people, and it's treating people unfairly and unequally. Nothing changes that fact, not even the woman's consent."
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    • 0 +1 -1 robert Jun. 25, 2014
      "So you are the arbiter for what is good for all women? You want to make women criminals because they can make a good living providing sexual services to needy men. You want to be the matriarch that tells your daughters that they can not get rich because her older and uglier sisters can not thrive as prostitutes.

      Youth and beauty are desirable attributes, as are wisdom and intelligence. Making money by using your sexual prowess and good looks is not fair to those who are old and ugly just as using your intelligence to become a doctor is unfair to the dolts who can't pass Organic Chemistry. I don't see the difference. Just because aspects of life are not fair does not mean we have to use the power of the police state to enforce your more fair version of morality.

      People are much more than their bodies. Their lust and technique are just as important to becoming a successful prostitute as their looks.

      Nearly all of the problems associated with prostitution results from the fact that there is little intelligence required and no training available to those who can make a lot of money by selling their service."
  • +1 +14 -13 V Jan. 18, 2014
    "Legalizing prostitution is normalizing behaviors and attitudes that encourage people to be treated as objects. No-one should ever feel "entitled" to another's body under any circumstance. Money in prostitution creates this unhealthy situation. Even in the so called "best case scenario" of the highly paid prostitute by a more gentle John, the fact of the matter is that money is presumed to replace sexual and emotional desire on the part of the prostitute. The prostitute is doing for money what she/he would otherwise be unwilling to do. It's not ok to support people doing sexual acts where mutual enjoyment does not exist. This is degrading. Stop deluding yourself you Johns out there, they don't really desire you! Go seek sex from women who would sleep with you for free. For the prostitutes out there who claim to be proudly pro-prostitution, let me make myself clear. I'm not out to tell you how to live your life. I believe that you deserve to be treated with care and respect. I just don't think legalizing prostitution is going to help that. I do think that laws should be enacted so that the police are on your side as far as protecting you is concerned. I'm against punishing prostitutes. I believe that Johns should be punished."
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    • +1 +1 0 V Jun. 28, 2014
      "The reason some men/women have to pay for sex is because they want it from someone significantly more attractive than they are. If all the physically unnatractive people in this world would simply be kinder and more understanding of each other there would be less prostitution. There are plenty of women who want to get laid. The other day, on my street a woman was running from her pimp. She was so scared she shook uncontrollably at the sound of every car passing by. He had been to jail and been let out after raping someone. She was afraid of being beaten. This happened in the USA by the way. By being a John, you are enabling and supporting the abuse of other people. You may not necessarily see it. It may appear that she is acting alone, but she is not. Her pimp was following in a car, checking on where she was going, ready to beat her up if she didn't give him the money."
    • -1 0 -1 robert Jun. 25, 2014
      "The flaw in your reasoning is the idea that because men pay for the sexual favors of prostitutes that they have no sexual or emotional desire for them. We tend to frequent those who we are most comfortable and compatible with. sometimes you just have to take a chance but usually we look for reviews and recommendations. Prostitutes would be very poor indeed if it weren't for repeat customers.

      We men who seek out prostitutes would gladly have sex with women for free, if they existed. They don't. We always check the personals and Adult Friendfinder and such before we resort to paying for it.

      You believe that johns should be punished because you are sexist. You think men like the idea of having to pay for sex? If women were more loving, affectionate and sexual by nature the whole issue would be moot. Women use sex as a controlling weapon against men. Our ability to pay money for it lessens your power over us.You can not control our nature or desires so you enact laws that keep us from finding our happiness and fulfillment."
  • 0 0 0 Hols Jul. 23, 2014
    "Changing how the law views it just changes statistics: of course if you legalize it the # of arrests go down. Does that really mean you're changing the problems associated with prostitution? All of mankind is not emotionally ready for the maturity truly needed for legalizing prostitution as of yet. It won't stop trafficking. It won't stop rape. It won't stop drug use. We need a better society; not just a "quick" fix."
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  • 0 +1 -1 Mark Ogilvie Jul. 18, 2014
    "If prostitution is made legal then anyone can be a prostitute. As a society are we ready to accept that? What happens when the first graduating high school student who gives a valedictorian address proclaims that she is going to pursue a career as a prostitute?"
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  • 0 +2 -2 V Jul. 11, 2014
    "Support sexual equality! Let every person's sexual desires be honored and respected in sexual sitution. When people meet in bed, they should meet as equals with equal desire. No "servicing" of another, no money. Prostitution is a degrading way to for certain individuals to benefit from the poverty and vulnerability of others. This is not healthy sexual behavior and should not be legalized, because legalization will not stop the abuses and only encourage this degrading way of thinking about sex."
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  • 0 +5 -5 Mrs. Deadmau5 Mar. 24, 2014
    "Women who sell there bodies into sex slavery are desperate and need help. Men don't need to walk around thinking they can shove a dollar in some overexposed girl's panties and get really good sex. so... so wrong."
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  • 0 +7 -7 rextr Feb. 9, 2014
    "The Netherlands legalized prostitution in October of 2000 with the intention to better control and regulate the sex industry, combat involuntary prostitution, and improve the health, well-being and public opinion of prostitutes (Brants). What the legalization had done for the Netherlands was to be realized in 2007 with the mayor, Job Cohen of Amsterdam, taking action to begin shutting down large parts of the red light district because the according to him "we've realized this is no longer about small-scale entrepreneurs, but that big crime organizations are involved here in trafficking women, drugs, killings, and other criminal activities" (Vanderstok 7)."
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    • +1 +1 0 Me Jun. 4, 2014
      "The issue brought up here is one of mismanagement not an issue with Prostitution. Enron in the US was the result of horrible management and a lack of over site by those who were in place to police their actions. Should we close all businesses because those in charge of enforcement don't do their jobs? Siting this as a problem with prostitution is not looking at prostitution but looking at gang activity and saying prostitution is the problem NOT the GANGS."
  • -1 +5 -6 Kelsie Nicole May. 2, 2014
    "Why would you want to be a prostitute? what does that get you out of life? There are better ways to get attention then being just used for sex by guys. People wonder why this world is coming to an end."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Robert carr Jun. 26, 2014
      "This world and our society are in its best shape ever. There is more freedom, less poverty, a better standard of living then ever before. Slavery is rare, bigotry is waning and the wars we wage are getting smaller. Count your blessings.

      Most prostitutes I know like the easy money but many like meeting men and making their lives happier. I would always pay extra for women who enjoyed their work. It is hard to argue that you are "being used" when you earn $250 an hour for something you enjoy. Outlawing prostitution makes criminals of call girls charging top dollar to put their kids through college just as much as a streetwalker looking to make $20 for her next fix."
  • -1 +5 -6 bruce Apr. 14, 2014
    "It should be illegal. You can't be serious right? you think it's OK to use women for sex? I wonder where people's morals have gone today? do you people have any respect for our women being exploited and used? Why don't you just be a real man and work to get a women?

    Women are not toys, they can't be bought like a fucking object or product, when are people going to understand this? women are our daughters/mothers/sisters. I wonder if you would be happy to let your them do this kind of work.

    It was a women who fucking raised you, have some respect. Real men don't treat women as objects. Grow some balls."
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    • 0 0 0 Deb Jul. 21, 2014
      "For one thing, that should be a CHOICE. Not for you or anyone else to make that decision for everyone."
  • -1 +4 -5 V Apr. 1, 2014
    "I do not see how legalizing prostitution should have less people with STI's and crime. I think this would bring more STI's and crimes because the victims some times have no say so. It is just inhumanly to sell your body for money. Just my opinion."
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    • 0 0 0 Deb Jul. 21, 2014
      "If you are the V that suggested "find a willing friend", Have you seen the DIVORCE rate. Divorce's destroy many many lives because one or both parties of a marriage "seek out a friend" to fulfill their sexual needs."
  • -2 +4 -6 jasmyn Apr. 24, 2014
    "No No No NO i say no because human traficing is wrong because people could get pregnent and not know who the father is and its wrong"
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  • -2 +8 -10 Jessi Feb. 26, 2014
    "Women find prostitution a quick way to make money by giving away their love and sex. Prostitution hurts women who are involved, including pornography."
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    • 0 +1 -1 Jon Mar. 18, 2014
      "You're making several logical errors in just two sentences. Pleas explain how both prostitution and pornography harm women.

      All evidence shows that both prostitution and pornography actually increase the standards of living for women. However, you might be referring to the violent crimes that are associated with prostitution as in most places where it is illegal, crime tends to follow it due to the fact that a prostitute cannot seek help from law enforcement."
  • -3 +2 -5 Julianna Prine Apr. 11, 2014
    "no prostitution hurts women and every time u do it u loose a part of yourself. that's why the bible tells us to wate till your married."
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  • -3 +11 -14 meg Apr. 17, 2013
    "any selling or buying of human flesh is exploitive and dangerous. Whether it is legal or not. once it is legal more people will engage in it. Because it is legal does not mean they use protection. Aids and other stds will skyrocket and be given to a married mans wife."
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  • -4 +7 -11 Molly Feb. 7, 2014
    "Prostitution should most definitely be legal. I say this since; it is no one the person's choice what they wish to do with their own body..people believe that taking away the right have a firearm is an issue; I completely agree! I also feel that what a person does with body is their own business, as well as what a person does with their own money. Conclusively, not letting it be legal is WRONG.. no prson, government or organization should have to right to control a persons body, or their money."
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  • -5 +12 -17 Claire Oct. 1, 2013
    "I disagree with the legalization of prostitution due to the impacts such as health problems, human trafficking, juvenile prostitution and degradation of moral value. I am from Asia and prostitution is a very big concern here because not only it is something we should avoid doing but the ethical values will also be tainted.

    By legalizing prostitution, then prostitution is a legal job. People will then feel that it is no use to receive education when they can get easy money just by giving body service. What will then happen to the quality of the human resources? What is then the use of emancipation especially for females??

    If by being a prostitute is a choice made by the person him/herself, I am not going to judge however is it worth it to end up as a prostitute??"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Greg "dratsab" Dec. 19, 2013
      "Guess it should be illegal to work at McDonalds too, right?"
  • -7 +34 -41 Faith Jul. 8, 2012
    "I don't believe prostitution should be legalized. I grew up in Southern Nevada, in Nye county where prostitution was legalized. It was taxed andhad regulations just as every business has. But even though it helped the community from the taxes and through donations, it still didn't help those who were forced. Better know as human trafficking or sex slavery. It still happened in the city next door. Better know as Las Vegas. It didn't slow down street prostitution or escorts, nor did it stop "massage" paroles from popping up. Children we're still being trafficked and young men and women were still being sold. Even in Nye county. (Las Vegas is in a different county were prostitution is illegal, but its only about 45 minutes from Nye county were prostitution is legal.) So no. I don't believe it should be legalized everywhere or anywhere, because it didn't stop these other shops and brothels, plus it didn't slow down sex trafficking. Which is closely entwined with street prostitution. It may be better for the economy but if people still want to do their own thing and not work in these legalized brothels, it won't help the dangers these women go through. And there will always be those who want the young child or the underdeveloped teen."
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    • +7 +8 -1 dale Aug. 25, 2012
      "Human trafficking isn't prostitution. Trafficking IS and SHOULD be a major crime, but it's disingenuous to say that because some people are forced, it should be illegal for voluntary employment.
      What you haven't mentioned is that in the places where it IS legal, licenses are issued to women who've been sponsored by a brothel. And that brothels have to conform to very strict regulations. A remote location is one. Regular STD testing and mandatory use of condoms are another. In Nevada, gainful employment as a prostitute is very difficult to achieve. So.. try again. The regulations and laws against it are what encourages the things you're talking about. Being forced? That is a crime, but I drive an 18wheeler. If someone put a gun to my head and told me to do my job.. it would be the exact same thing. A legal act coerced by an illegal act. Would it make ANY sense to throw me into jail because of a crime someone committed with ME as the victim?"
    • +6 +8 -2 Victor Greywolf Jul. 9, 2012
      "Then what the hell is it that you would do as a possible solution. Since it is prohobited, because of antis who go to the illegal ones more than anyone else, what do you suggest that should be done. Seriously, what do you suggest? I mean, this was unbelievable, and with the way people like antis such as yourself say it. It is almost bizarre and frightening.

      What would be a realistic solution, because with antis who want to keep it illegal, you are contributing to the problem, not solving it.

      It doesn't work, because they don't address the problem with the street walkers, but making it illegal IS NOT THE ANSWER!

      Well, as far as that goes, I don't know what to really say, but I know one thing, the teen part, I really can't imagine that one, but I bet alot of the antis want that, since they know nobody, not even a street walker would take them."
    • +5 +6 -1 Kyle Jul. 13, 2012
      "Faith you say that it did not help with trafficking because it still went on...where prostitution was illegal Think about that for a second. The fact of the matter is that legalizing would not increase the problems surrounding it even if it did not accomplish the goal of decreasing them as those that believe as I do think they would. Legalizing prostitution between consenting adults does not mean ignoring the sex abuse to children or women forced into it."
    • +3 +3 0 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "So what you are saying is that in an area where it IS illegal trafficking occurred and where it legal there wasn't a trafficking problem yet you are against it being legal? Thus you support trafficking. Okay fair enough."
    • +2 +2 0 TheAvatarofSet Oct. 1, 2013
      "If you think the human trafficking didn't occur prior to prostitution being legalized in 11 Nevada counties, then you're naive. Even if it doesn't stop trafficking or street prostitution, what's your point? It's a serious logical leap of faith to suggest this is somehow grounds for re-criminalizing it, because then you will ONLY have street prostitution and human trafficking, without the tax revenues which accompany legal brothels."
    • +2 +2 0 Hill Jul. 25, 2013
      "One reason trafficking persists in legalized zones is because of sex tourism that results from it being outlawed in other areas. Everyone flocks to an area where it IS legalized, and there aren't enough legal workers to keep up with the demand. So, legalizing it in ONE area really doesn't eliminate the problem. In fact, the problem will NEVER be eliminated because the demand exists. There are illegal workers in all kinds of fields. Should we criminalize construction because of the numbers of illegal workers? Your problem is with worker's rights, not prostitution."
    • 0 0 0 V Jul. 5, 2014
      "@ Victor Greywolf

      The solution is to make it even less socially acceptable to buy sex. No sex buyers, no prostitution, no problem. Simple. Former sex buyers go find people who would consensually have sex with them for free. Social change is possible...i.e. more people are accepting of gay marriage than ever before."
    • -2 +1 -3 Kendra Feb. 15, 2013
      "How incredible. In a place where a simple 1 hour drive could make it possible for a person to have access to a legal prostitute, people still overwhelmingly choose to seek out much less safe, illegal prostitution.

      Your experience living in that area is proof that legalizing prostitution won't irradiate illegal prostitution. It is illegal already, and that isn't stopping pimps. How will legalizing prostitution change anything?"
  • -9 +7 -16 Jose Apr. 22, 2013
    "ofcourse not , it is the womens' choice of being paid for sex. It is cruel to take away the choice because if she is in despreate need of feeding her children and theres is no other choice it could apply to her."
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  • -10 +6 -16 Frank Aug. 31, 2013
    "It's an anachronism. We hear all sorts of excuses, like it won't stop it to make it illegal. Well, the same goes for burglary, but who is advocating making that legal? In this crazy world anything is possible. It should be outlawed. Prostitutes are extremely greedy people and they use sex to extract money from men. I don't accept that they are exploited in the majority of cases, they are the exploiters. It's way past time this obscene trade was brought to an end."
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    • +4 +4 0 TheAvatarofSet Oct. 1, 2013
      ""It's way past time this obscene trade was brought to an end". Really? Good luck with that, since there's a reason it's called the world's "oldest profession". It's simply supply and demand. As long as there are men, there will be demand. You comparing it to Burglary is a logical fallacy. There's a reason burglary is illegal, because it's wrong to break into someone's home or steal something which doesn't belong to you. It's nowhere near being the same moral equivalent to prostitution. Prostitution is considered a crime purely because of those who wish for their religious beliefs to be the law of the land."
    • +1 +1 0 Greg "dratsab" Dec. 19, 2013
      "You're right, it's just like burglary. You know like, when I pay a guy to break into my house and take my stuff. Burglary is a mutual agreement.

      Also, I agree... car salesmen are also very greedy, I think it should be illegal to purchase cars."
  • -10 +6 -16 Darren May. 18, 2013
    "There is already enough court cases and enough problems of stupid things. This will add to it (if prostitution were legal.

    There will be court cases on "well they promised to pay this amount etc" . Then there will be cases on "whether it was an act of prostitution or not" because if someone 'promised' to pay money for them having sex, and didn't pay then what? how would they know who was lying or not.

    Then it comes to validity, because yes you could monitor the act, but then what makes them qualified, how many people do it? What is the cost? Do they need a badge etc. Do they need different types of tests.

    How would know someone is qualified to do this act. Would they look online or what??

    You see this adds more time, more problem which the government doesn't need."
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    • +1 +1 0 robert Jun. 25, 2014
      "At this time if a prostitute agrees to go down on a john for $150, she gets paid up front. Why would this change if prostitution were legalized? The difference would be if the john stole his $150 back under legalized prostitution she could file a police report to have the guy arrested.

      If prostitution were legalized you could have them obtain a license, join the BBB. advertise with endorsements. etc.

      The government would have to find other people to roust for drug busts and snitches."
  • -10 +9 -19 Pannalal Apr. 24, 2013
    "How many adult men or women would like feel it good if their mother earns money by prostitution.If its for survival they may taller it but they would wish for a world that could provide better facilties for a poor mother.Some may even taller it when sex is offered as gift & not in exchange of money probably.Think a little bit "Should everything be allowed in support of the hunger beyond its worth of health worthyness-physical mental & emotional social economical & spiritual-lastly scientifical."
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    • 0 0 0 Robert Carr Jun. 26, 2014
      "Prostitutes, if related to
      me or not, should be judged on the same basis as any other professional in the service industry. Do they provide a good service? do they give good measure as advertised? are they reliable in making/keeping appointments?

      You are correct that most would not feel good about their loved ones being involved in prostitution. But if don't feel bad about my relatives who were prostites just like I never felt bad about my homosexual relatives. Once you get past the framework of sex being inherently sinful, all of your protestations fade to insignificance."
  • -10 +11 -21 Frii Mar. 29, 2013
    "I changed my mind from Pro to Con. As a male trying to figure out why people view prostitution as a crime. I think it is they feel maturing sexually with out the walls of love damages sex. They want to control how women are treated. Even porn can give believe that demonizing women is the object of sex."
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  • -10 +20 -30 Your Mom Dec. 9, 2012
    "I like the laws in Sweden, Norway, and Iceland that keep prostitution illegal, but don't punish the women. They only punish the men. I think women are the victims, and the vast majority of them are just desperate for money. They deserve better than to be treated like scum by idiotic men.

    Now, I do support progressive policies that would help these women to get out of their situations and find a real job where the minimum wage is enough for them to live off of. Like I said, the women are victims. I don't want to throw them in jail. I want to help them.

    Of course the claim will always be made that outlawing it doesn't stop it from happening, but I think if these three nations worked to enforce the laws better, they could get the laws to have a stronger deterrent effect. We all know that people respond to incentives, and it's hard to make a law work if nobody's ever given justice.

    Some of my fellow liberals claim that government should stay out of morality, yet they support forcing rich people to be moral with their money through redistribution of wealth. If the government has a role in that, which I believe they do, they should have a reasonable amount of involvement in anything that brings harm to members of society."
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    • +5 +6 -1 Victor Greywolf Jan. 27, 2013
      "I hear you on that one. Legalization is the only way to solve the problem of exploitation, but the people who are against it want to keep it alive, because they need a hook for something to kvetch about.

      @Rich, I am with you on your statements. We should legalize it, if only the people who could were having a back bone and stand up to the antis and hypocrites."
    • +4 +7 -3 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "I am actually surprised they allow this anti-male hate speech on here. You are a sexist bigot ma'am and you should be called out for your hateful sentiment.

      You obviously are a radical feminist, no better than the KKK or the skinheads. Your kind asks for mass castration and male genocide worldwide."
    • +3 +6 -3 Victor Greywolf Dec. 18, 2012
      "Wow, big talk from someone who sounds bitter, and has to trap someone into a relationship or marriage, because they know not even the pimps would give them the time of day. Remind me never to associate with you. What you stated with that is so embarassing that it wouldn't even be worth using on an open mic night. Are you so bitter that you have to think that way? Yeesh.

      As far as Sweden goes, they are going about it the wrong way. All it does is make people go underground more. They should make it legal, and this way, maybe you might find someone to give you the time of day.

      As far as harm goes, you antis are more harmful, but I guess with the statement such as yours, deep down you LOVE the exploitation, since you want to keep it illegal.

      Help them? No, you antis DON'T, since you want to keep it illegal. I truthfully pity you for the statement you made."
    • 0 0 0 Deb Jul. 21, 2014
      "How can the women be the victims if it is their choice? There are male prostitutes as well, and I am so glad of that, because if I were to be single or something was to happen to my husbands sexual wand, then I MIGHT would need to seek out a male prostitute. That would be my choice. Better than a divorce."
    • -1 0 -1 thad Jun. 25, 2014
      "Those countries have it totally backwards. It should be legal for the men and not the women. The problems associated with prostitution stem from young, naive girls having too much money for which they didn't work too hard for. They become drug addicted, give money to pimps, and keep making bad choices for themselves.

      If it were legal for the men but not the women, men could advertise their needs and pick the best woman for the job rather than having the women advertising or strutting down the boulevard.

      Why the Scandinavians would tolerate living in such a matriarchal society is beyond me. Feminists just want their matriarchs to dictate to young, pretty girls that they cant use their talents to succeed where the old, unattractive ones might fail. Why listen to the old and ugly about sex when you don't pay them any heed as to fashion or music?"
  • -11 +18 -29 Rose W Jun. 15, 2012
    "I recommend Victor Malarek's The Natashas: Inside The New Global Sex Trade and Siddharth Kara's SexTrafficking: Inside The Business of Modern Slavery. These authors present findings based on their extensive research of the sex industry, including the fact that in nations that have legalized prostitution, human trafficking flourishes. Criminal organizations victimizing young men, women, and children more easily operate behind the veneer of legality."
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    • +8 +9 -1 Victor Greywolf Jul. 11, 2012
      "I agree, Phil, but you have to remember, these are antis, which LOVE to exploit the people who are in it, and bitch about it, because if it was legalized, they wouldn't be able to abuse and exploit the prostitutes. Think about it, they believe the sob stories, they go out to the back alleys, and enjoy the abuse they inflict upon the legal prostitutes, and they constantly tell people it is wrong, when THEY are the ones who want it illegal, so they can do it, and get away with it. Why do you think they fight so hard to keep it that way? And also the anti sex feminists, who are miserable, because not even the prostitutes or pimps give them a second glace are getting more than they are, and they want to spread it, so this way, they can make everyone else miserable, because they are miserable. Besides, they want to bitch, and get fame and make money, when they are the biggest hypocrties of them all. So, we'd be wasting our time showing them positive things, when they are the abusers of the prostitutes. I went to Nevada, and it was a blast, and they were treated better. Take notes, antis, maybe with this, you will learn beyond your stupidity."
    • +7 +8 -1 Phil Jul. 6, 2012
      "In other countries it's a different situation than in the US. In the US, we have laws that protect all employees, that other countries don't have. If you want to know what it would be like with legalized prostitution in the US, look at Nevada, not at third world countries that have major human rights problems that span their entire society, beyond prostitution."
    • +6 +8 -2 Victor Greywolf Jun. 26, 2012
      "Because most of those stories are biased. Award winning. Please. You sound like the type that would go to those people, like the antis on here, which I know for a fact do, because when I went to the brothels in Nevada, which are LEGAL, I saw alot of antis that went.

      So, I don't have to give credibility to someone based on information that isn't even true, and since you believe him, I pity you.

      No, I am not biased, but you are.

      What motivates YOU to promote a book that may as well be obviously biased. I've seen those stories on television, and read them, and half of them make me laugh, just like most of the antis on here.

      I am an honest man and I claimed that, ANTI, as I like to call the cons on here. So, you know what he can do with something as frivolous as that.

      Thank you for your comment"
    • +6 +9 -3 Victor Greywolf Jun. 18, 2012
      "No thanks. Many of those books, and interviews are very biased, and they don't hold anything that will really be of value. Kind of like the sob stories you see invented by antis and moralists. Thanks for the recommendation, but not really interested in something like that. Legalization is the way to go, and besides, I bet those researchers probably made up half the stories, because they couldn't get those people to want them, so why read it in the first place, right?"
    • +5 +5 0 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "Oh whoopie, he is award winning? You mean tons of moral nazis and feminist radicals who hate men have purchased his books to the point where he got awards? You mean radical biased fringe nuts with a lot of influence and money endorse him?

      If prostitution is legal the cops both have more funding and more manpower/resources to go after trafficking, your argument is irrelevant and his argument is clearly falsified. That's easy to do, just study high risk areas for trafficking and if the countries just so happen to have loose prostitution laws also then your point seems made, the public needs not know. I don't buy it sorry."
    • -8 +3 -11 R Walker Jun. 23, 2012
      "Victor G., the writer of one of the books I'd noted is an award winning author, the recipient of national acclaim in Canada for his excellence in journalism. No honest man could rightfully claim that he "made up" the testimonies of the victims of slave trafficking, as you so self-righteously assume. Attempting to reduce the extreme suffering of such bartered persons to mere "sob stories" is cold hearted. What motivates you to discount the scholarly research of the two authors to mere bias? One might correctly assume it is your own bias and lack of knowledge."
  • -12 +18 -30 Spencer May. 8, 2012
    "Is this really needed to advance our society? There is always a better solution then just legalizing something."
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    • +9 +10 -1 Victor Greywolf May. 9, 2012
      "I don't know, but I do know one thing, it is a place for people who are against it, a way for them to lose their virginity.

      What is your so-called "solution"? Seriously, what is it? I, along with who knows how many people both pro and con can't wait to hear it. We await your reply."
    • +8 +9 -1 Pondera May. 23, 2012
      "Yo Mammaaa - There are many disGusting jobs. Would you want to be a slaughter man in an abbatoir? How about a scene of crime (especially murder) cleaner? What of those people in India who tread leather in pools of urine?

      Rape is sex WITHOUT consent. Prostitutes consent once the price is agreed. If they are under the age of consent then it is illegal and should remain so.

      Why would you want to sell yourself? For the money to live? To support your family?

      Everybody meets someone for the first time. Legalised prostitution leads can use sites like Adultwork where working girls can pass on information on the men that use their services and gain advice on how to look after themselves. In that case the bad men can be identified.

      Closing one's eyes to the sale of sex for money will not make it go away. It just puts at risk those women (and men) who work in the industry."
    • +6 +7 -1 Phil Jul. 6, 2012
      "So are you saying we should re-criminalize alcohol like it was in the Machine-gun Kelly days? Who benefits from prostitution being illegal? Prostitutes don't, it's their chosen livelihood, at least temporarily while they need to. Clients don't, as many go to prostitutes because they are frustrated by their lack of a sexual relationship. Oooh I know! How about Law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, and even defense attorneys? The latter three make CUSIP money perpetually for every day a convicted person spends in jail or in prison. That's conflict of interest. For there to be due process of law in convicting someone, there must be a sworn affidavit from an injured party. You're not going to see too many of those among prostitution cases."
    • +5 +6 -1 Kyle Jul. 13, 2012
      "Actually Spencer there is never a better solution then legalizing anything that does not directly harm an individual not involved by choice. It is what the word freedom means and it is not the governments place to say what is moral and what is not. There is a difference between not penalizing someone and agreeing with their behavior."
    • +4 +5 -1 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "So we shouldn't have freedoms because there is always a better way than freedom?"
  • -13 +3 -16 not a hooka Oct. 4, 2013
    "we could stop the spread of more STIs people need boundries and selling your body is disrespectful to your self and wrong"
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    • +5 +5 0 Joseph Nov. 7, 2013
      "Being irresponsible and promiscuous spreads disease yet it's legal. Who are you to set boundaries? Are you God? It's better to have prostitution hide in dark places? Stop being naive. You can screw your boss for a raise or promotion and not go to jail. It might get you fired, but it can also get you an extra 10 grand a year. Legalize and control it. Don't try to force morality on others, especially if you didn't wait until marriage to have sex."
    • 0 0 0 Deb Jul. 21, 2014
      "at least 80 % who get married, are in that same position. Huh. Look at the divorce rate. If one of the parties of a marriage does not satisfy the other, that one goes out to get satisfaction from a "friend", therefore, usually a lawyer gets rich !"
  • -13 +5 -18 Evelyn Mar. 5, 2013
    "I think there right.. Prostitution shouldn't be right at all.. There's women and girls out there being violated and raped out there..prostitution should be gone..I think women should have a saying in this.."
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    • +2 +3 -1 Sanderson Sep. 11, 2013
      "If it were legal, brothels would be regulated by work unions and law would require protection of all kinds. It's the safest way for women who choose to be sex workers."
    • 0 +2 -2 TheAvatarofSet Oct. 1, 2013
      ""There" signifies a location. I believe you meant the contraction of "They're" as in They are right, since a location can't have an opinion. Prostitution is already illegal in many countries and guess what? Women are getting violated and raped in those countries. Legal prostitution doesn't increase rates of rape, so your "point" is wholly invalid and illogical."
  • -13 +6 -19 It should be banned Feb. 7, 2013
    "It should clearly be illegal. The idea of prostitution itself is so antithetical to me because first and foremost it's WRONG. No one should go out and have to pay for sex while the other party is forced to work from sex to earn a living. It's humiliating. The Swedish Model is the only viable option out there."
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    • +1 +2 -1 TheAvatarofSet Oct. 1, 2013
      "Antithetical to you. So what you're saying is your opinion should be the law of the land and your moral beliefs should govern everyone? Saying it's wrong is an opinion, not a fact. The scenario you presented relates to paying for sex from someone FORCED to do it. That is not what legalized prostitution is. Legalized prostitution doesn't make human trafficking legal and what you've outlined is trafficking, which exists irrespective of prostitution laws."
  • -13 +16 -29 Kenny Jun. 8, 2012
    "No I dont think it should be legal, If I cant compliment someones breasts that should be legal. It is absurd and mean spirited to make compliments a crime. Decrimalize compliments especially of the bosom. Racism is not a crime, then why should anyone serve time for giving someone a compliment about their breasts, clothes and cleavage. Calling it "commercial sex" how stupid does that sound? Career option, how is becoming a harlot a career or an industry or trade or whatever? And how does one abuse others through sexual intercourse anyway? What an absurd idea."
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    • +11 +11 0 Victor Greywolf Jun. 8, 2012
      "Your statement is very difficult, except for the first part to know what to make of it. Alot of the things you said are thought provoking, and intriguing, but I don't know, outside of the first part of your statement, what to make of it, if you are pro, or con or what."
    • +7 +7 0 Kyle Jul. 13, 2012
      "Phil you left out the ones that benefit from the prohibition the most and they are the worst among them. I know it's hard to believe there are worse people then lawyers, but I am referring of course to pimps. The laws that attempt to punish or curb immoral behavior that there is a demand for only create and escalate violent crime."
    • +7 +7 0 Phil Jul. 6, 2012
      "From your second sentence on, you're off the subject. Why should prostitution not be legal? The only ones I see benefiting from it remaining illegal are judges, prosecutors, and even defense attorneys, all of whom make CUSIP money for every day that a convicted person spends in jail or prison. Did you know that for there to be due process of law, there has to be a sworn affidavit from an injured party? They hope you don't know that so they can convict you anyway, even without due process of law."
  • -14 +45 -59 Krissey May Sep. 26, 2011
    "My heart breaks reading all the pro's and con's. It breaks because Woman and Men feel like prostitution is basically their only way out. It breaks because these men and woman are worth so so so much more and they don't even realize it. So many say they choose this lifestyle and that they enjoy it but I think deep down they just desire to be loved and told they are beautiful. They do not understand. My heart breaks over this issue."
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    • +3 +5 -2 Nwarguy Apr. 23, 2012
      "Your heart may break over the issue... but it's still their CHOICE. Personal feelings should NOT be a factor in legal matters. Do you think prohibition was a good idea?"
    • +2 +5 -3 Victor Greywolf Apr. 20, 2012
      "I don't know where you get that they feel like that, but truth is unless your IQ is less than 13, you know what you are getting yourself into, and yes they DO understand. I don't know why you made a statement like that, especially since people put themselves in there, there are no victims, except for stupidity, and idiocy. They are worth what they want to be worth, not a sob story that teleivsion, or talk shows with media skanks such as the moralists, and feminists who not even a sexual predator would give a second glance to. Stop living in that fantasy world, and come down to reality, instead of that world where everyone lives in candy shaped houses, and see life as it really is."
    • -2 +1 -3 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "Well toughen up cupcake.

      Whether it bothers you that reproduction is the evolutionary driving force for all living things or not and that some need and want to pay for it/sell it does not matter."
  • -15 +5 -20 Sarah Dec. 19, 2012
    "If you need a job to pay for your family theirs always mcDonalds selling your body is vulnerable and weak!!!!"
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    • +5 +5 0 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "All humans are vulnerable and weak. Just consider what happened with pandemics of the past, the black plague for example killed such a huge chunk of Europe yet we cure it with a mold.

      Please remember we humans are human regardless of gender. Our needs and painful experiences are just as bad regardless of the gender. Men need this, women need this, it helps women survive in ways men cannot and it helps men keep their heads on straight and gives opportunities for sexual inner peace to those who are rejected by the whole world, unmarried men to boot. Men who cry themselves to sleep at night. With women it literally saves lives and MacDonalds cannot support 2-3 kids. Even so, it is their business what they do not ours."
    • +4 +4 0 Sanderson Sep. 11, 2013
      "What about women who find it empowering and freeing?"
  • -15 +6 -21 samantha simonds Nov. 18, 2012
    "i am against it because there is more likely hood of teenage pregnancy because adults sell kids for money and that is just wrong. also the spread of diseases is a big factor."
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    • +4 +4 0 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "That's called human trafficking not prostitution. Nobody here is for human trafficking.

      In fact if the cops were free to chase them and had added tax revenue and prison space, the mafia that trades children would be taken out of town. Right now they chase adults who chose to be in the sex trade. That's not fair on any level to the legitimate prostitutes who consent and terrible for those being abused."
    • +2 +2 0 Sanderson Sep. 11, 2013
      "That, I believe is the point of legalising prostitution, so that working unions can step in for the employment protection of all workers, health insurance and legitimate tax returns. Government watch dogs would be all over legal brothels and anyone operating outside that model would be punished to the full extent of the law, which in the case of human trafficking is life imprisonment."
  • -15 +9 -24 rober Oct. 31, 2012
    "Being christian and having in mind that my body is the temple of God,i cant offer my body for sex in reward of payment."
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    • +7 +7 0 tony Dec. 4, 2012
      "this isn't about you, no one is making you prostitute yourself. But just because your belief prohibits you from doing so which is totally fine you have no right to say others cant either. In the same way you can be christian and no one can say anything about it."
    • +5 +5 0 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "Then don't. However Jesus didn't force people out of what he declared sinful either. Jesus was against forcing morality on others."
    • +2 +2 0 TheAvatarofSet Oct. 1, 2013
      "No one is forcing you to do so. However, YOUR Christian beliefs don't let you get to tell someone else what they can or cannot do."
  • -15 +10 -25 asim shaiban Oct. 12, 2012
    "no of curse not ........ I do believe in freedom but I can't agree with using woman as a cows .......... it's really not respectful for woman :( . Also, I think that people don't know what is the killing result of this 'sin' which is having sex with a man who is not her husband or the opposite :
    1- it's increasing AIDS .. because AIDS happen when a woman having sex with a different man at the time ,but that does not happen if the man have a sex with a different women because the problem is when the men's seminal fluids are gathered in one place and that also would make too many Diseases .
    2- (cheating) is affecting partner's relationships because if one of the partner want to have a better sex he or she will be more susceptible to sex Diseases and then he or she will be causing his or her partners (his wife or her husband) to have a sex Diseases even if the partner was honest and didn't cheat on his or her partner,and that is completely injustice .
    Therefore, don't think individually and let many people hurt for your own happiness, you might enjoy an hour but you also might loss whatever .. :(
    you might own your body but you never own their lives .....

    I hope everybody live a happy and honest life :)

    AWESOME"
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    • +3 +4 -1 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "First off, with prostitution people can have safer sex i.e. manual stimulation (hand only), in fact it is considered so safe that almost nobody has been recorded getting any form of STD from it. Very few, very very very few in history at all.

      Second of all, with regulated prostitution Nevada has not had a single case of HIV. How many wild nights of unprotected sex from bars result from men NOT having protected sex in a regulated environment and how many cases of HIV result? Clearly countless more occur from bars when people go home not in their right minds.

      Now also, this has nothing to do with cattle, it has everything to do with sex, normal reproductive urges. We are all just reacting to our need to reproduce, that's what this is all about and "Objectifying" is what we are -SUPPOSED- to do, that's why we were born pal."
    • +2 +6 -4 Victor Greywolf Oct. 18, 2012
      "Typical anti response. If you do believe in freedom as you claim, then you would realize that everyone has the right to do with their body as they so choose. As far as cheating goes, hey, if the person didn't want to settle down, they shouldn't have gotten married in the first place, or do something to keep the partner they were with from straying away. It takes two to make a rotten relationship.

      As far as diseases go, it is that way, because people are so stupid not to use protection, or as far as semeninal fluids, not to put it where it can get in touch with eyes, face, ears, mouth, etc. That is where common sense comes into play.

      What increases aids is if a person has sex with someone who has the disease, and stupidly doesn't use protection, such as condoms, or barriers, or even getting a test."
    • -2 +3 -5 Asim shaiban Oct. 25, 2012
      "You might didn't understand this words at the end "" you might own your body but you never own their lives ....."" what I meant is that if you want to destroy your life, you are not allowed to destroy someone els's life . What I see from your respond that there is no responsibility that people should have for everything and that is a misstake even in the law . they try to keep allowing relationships without married as much as they can that they allowed killing babies before they born ''''you know condoms do not always protect you ;) '' .. Lets face it : having sex without getting married is a huge misstake ... not just because you do it you want everybody to accept it because that what all criminals do when they do a crime .. just because they don't want to feel Guilty......... This not my opinion this simply the truth whether you like it or not."
    • -4 0 -4 Sara Jan. 25, 2013
      "You think that if someone really wants to cheat on their partner whether or not it's legal will stop them?"
  • -15 +11 -26 R Walker Jun. 14, 2012
    "Consider why prostitution had been outlawed in France: an epidemic of 10-year-old children infected with VD. Because these children were poor, they had no medical attention and were dying in mass numbers from gonorrhea, a fatal disease in left untreated. Men had their legal marriages to women, as well as legal access to women in brothels. This apparently wasn't enough for them, and the lack of restrictions imposed severe inhumane hardships on children, an epidemic of pedophiliac assaults. This embarrassed the government of France, which then determined prostitution is incompatible with the dignity of the human species."
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    • +8 +8 0 Victor Greywolf Jul. 31, 2012
      "Kyle, don't waste precious energy with someone like the one who posted what your replied to, since they're an ANTI, which meane they LOVE the exploitation, and the bullying they do to the people who works as prostitutes, don't you, ANTI? They love to bully people who are in that industry. Making it legal would mean they lost that, and they have to accept the fact that other people will get the ones who they want. So, it's not even worth it, especially with the sob story they tell. Think about it, the antis love it, because this way, they can judge people, and come up with quite frankly ridiculous explanations, when they don't want to admit that they love bullying the males and females in the industry, and they know they can't do anything about it, so they want it illegal, because for them it is a power trip, right, ANTI? Why don't you anti's admit it?

      LEGALIZE PROSTITUTION, this way, the antis who we KNOW go to them more than anybody will give up their bullying of them. Thank you"
    • +7 +8 -1 Kyle Jul. 13, 2012
      "So 1 + 1 =50? There is absolutely no connection between pedophilia and prostitution, legal or not.It makes no sense whatsoever."
    • +5 +5 0 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "Gonorrhea is not fatal if left untreated.

      Second, you brought up an emotion based intellectually dishonest straw man. That human trafficking still exists, because now the police are arresting consenting adult prostitutes instead of the mafia who sells kids and forces them into sex labor."
  • -15 +22 -37 Carolemarie Jan. 8, 2012
    "Considering that most prostitutes began their careers when they where 14 and under, it is outrageous that anyone could possibly defend this as a career choice!
    Prostitution hurts women and their children.. It is the option of the powerless...."
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    • +15 +19 -4 Victor Greywolf Jan. 10, 2012
      "What is your source on this? The MSNBC specials, or the interviews that Tyra and Diane Sawyer did? Come on. Diane Sawyer is a very biased person, and Tyra as far as when she did her interview and went undercover as one were a joke, and she was upset because no man wanted her when she went undercover as a prostitute. As far as what you said goes, I have to view it with some skeptisism.

      It only hurts the ones who are forced in it. Has it ever occured to you that maybe there are some that want to be in that profession because they like the sex, or the money? In response to what you said about hurts women and children, how about other things, such as being forced to conform to things they can't, because society says so? Think about it. That is all."
    • +1 +2 -1 B Burns Feb. 21, 2013
      "Why would you assume that legalizing prostitution would entail legalizing child sex? Beer's legal, you still can't buy it or drink it til you're 21. Nobody is going to argue for legalizing child prostitution.

      If prostitution were legalized, it would certainly be regulated --- like alcohol --- and with those regulations would come recourse to law by sex workers.

      This would mean no pimps. Anyone operating as a booking agent or manager could be limited in the percentage of profits he or she could take. Abusive clients could be reported without the sex worker ending up in jail. Clients could EXPECT to be reported for misbehavior thereby deterring that misbehavior.

      Legalization would also mean that many of these things could be monitored by a non-police organization thereby freeing up police resources to pursue crimes against children and trafficked or kidnapped people.

      And let's not forget about the male prostitutes, either. The fact that they are so seldom talked about makes me wonder if we're not being terribly misogynist in our efforts to "protect" women. I'd rather we empower them."
    • -5 +4 -9 Andrea Lavigne Apr. 26, 2012
      "I agree. Prostitution is not a profession, not the oldest profession, but the oldest oppression of women and girls under a patriarchal society. If men and boys where the majority being prostituted, then the johns and pimps would end up in prison and get the same treatment that pedophiles get when they land in prison. Prostitution is rape -for-pay. Weather someone goes into out of perceived or real lack of economic survival choices or physical force, it is rape-for-pay. Until men and boys are 90% of those prostituted in prostitution, I say we don't legalize it. When men and boys become the ones who are used as cum receptacles for sexist pigs, then let's how the pro-legalization of prostitution people stand."
  • -16 +3 -19 Julie Sep. 4, 2013
    "prostitution spreads disease and is a death sentence for some women!"
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    • +3 +3 0 TheAvatarofSet Oct. 1, 2013
      "Not if it's properly controlled through governmental oversight. Your fear of the spreading of disease is exactly why prostitution SHOULD be legalized. Thus, you've utterly failed to make your point."
    • +2 +2 0 Greg "dratsab" Dec. 19, 2013
      "I'm pretty sure most escorts use condoms, and if the people involve choose not to... well... they know what they are getting into, and they have that right to act stupidly, right?"
  • -16 +3 -19 MM Jun. 20, 2013
    "I think prostitution should not be legal because if a girl end up getting pregnant the rate of abortions will get higher. And people are against abortions so why shouldn't they be against prostitution?"
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    • +4 +4 0 TheAvatarofSet Oct. 1, 2013
      "You have no idea how legalized prostitution works, do you? When it's a legitimate trade, rather than some alleyway street negotiation, condoms and regular health check-ups are mandated."
    • +3 +3 0 Sanderson Sep. 11, 2013
      "You're assuming unprotected intercourse, A pretty big assumption and if prostitution were legal all working prostitutes would be required to use protection and remain in organised, safe institutions. Laws give us the chance to regulate and control standards."
    • 0 0 0 std free for 30 year Mar. 17, 2014
      "Why on earth do you think prostitutes would engage in such a stupid act? COME on yo make it sound like prostitutes don't have good enough sense to protect themself"
  • -16 +26 -42 Tim Fred Oct. 16, 2011
    "it should be illegal to work under a company or agency or contract or other business agreement (it already is illegal)

    i have found human sex trafficking victims, and in all cases, they were from other countries and came to the USA via an illegal business posing as an "escort service" with a "contract" binding them to work off their debts under threat of being sued... stupidest thing ever, and the victims don't believe me when i say the contract is void, they can leave any time"
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  • -16 +30 -46 paola lopez Oct. 3, 2011
    "it morally wrong plus condoms break and people get pregnant then they abort and kill an innocent baby"
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    • +18 +20 -2 Victor Greywolf Jan. 13, 2012
      "Well, if you buy inferior quality condoms, then yes. Where did you get this morally wrong thing? Besides, if you put it in the birth canal, and don't use protection, then YES, there is a chance. About the innocent baby, who cares, it's not yours, and it's not mine, so why should it bother you ro me!? They have the right to do what they want, as we have the right to do what we want. So, they want to have sex, what's the big deal. If they keep it out of the birth canal, and use good quality condoms, or they have sex with someone who can't get pregnant, there is no problem. So, if a person wants to do that, why should it matter to you, right? I'm not attacking you, just offering another viewpoint."
    • +10 +11 -1 The Jester Mar. 4, 2012
      "Morality isn't a valid answer"
    • +5 +5 0 Phil Jul. 6, 2012
      "Well then you must not be a Democrat. Democrats believe in separation of church and state."
  • -16 +42 -58 Lance Jul. 5, 2011
    "First, call me old fashion but what kind of a man pays for sex? Statistically these men are abusers, cowards, and the majority of them are married (do your research). Something intended to be sacred is now a commodity. Not just any commodity but one that ranks third on the charts of highest grossing crimes in the world (right behind drug and firearm sales.) I am part of a team in NYC that prevents these types of crimes from happening and we are far from winning. I see these women. I know their names. Not a single one chose this life style but at some point their freedom had been taken from them. That does not mean they were all drugged, raped, or locked in a basement. Some of them were trapped by circumstances. Whether it's the fact that they are not legal citizens, don't speak the language, don't have an adequate education for a job, or they need fast money, it is easy to get trapped in this cycle.

    If this becomes a legalized industry those victimized will certainly multiply while leaving a small percentage of women with a less than desirable job. We all know that the demand for sex is great which makes this a very lucrative business. We cannot sacrifice the masses so that there is another taxable market."
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    • +22 +24 -2 Victor Greywolf Dec. 9, 2011
      "Well, alot of people, like Spitzer, Haggard, Swaggart, and alot of prominent people. Cowards are the ones who either go to children, or rape. Not all people who are paying for it are the ones you stereotype them as.

      As far as legalization goes, the money will help improve the economy. It would be beneficial financially, and the sex workers would have more protection, such as with law enforcement, and also can pay doctors to examine them, to make sure they are clean.

      How do you know they didn't choose that lifestyle? Do you think they will tell you the truth? No, because they know they won't get money from you. They made the choice to do what they do. What lured them? Money. Nothing more. As long as you pay, they will be with you, end of story."
    • +22 +24 -2 Vanessa Sep. 3, 2011
      "Actually I disagree. If prostitution becomes legalized, there will only be less "victimized". When a little girl sees a prostitute on the street (where they won't be if it becomes legalized), she is then exposed to the world of prostitution. Behind the doors of a brothel, they cannot be seen and she will remain ignorant of that world.

      Besides, if a man is going to cheat, he is going to cheat - whether it is with a prostitute or the next door neighbor."
    • +21 +22 -1 Harley Sweet Oct. 10, 2011
      "Not if you only allow professional women to handle the job. Would you hire one of those to clean your house to get them off the streets? These are the women that you are working "hard" for but I don't see anyone else offering them a hand and helping them to step up in the world."
    • +6 +7 -1 AlexHunter Oct. 26, 2012
      "In a sense, all men pay for sex. Wives and girlfirends aren't just going to give out free ones whenever their partners feel like it, they like to be put on a pedestal first.
      Secondly, not all men who go to prostitutes are abusive or unfaithful husbands. Often they're just lonely men who want some physical intimacy."
    • +4 +4 0 Phil Jul. 7, 2012
      "Congratulation on having a wife that doesn't hate sex. The horrid situation you describe in NYC is BECAUSE it is illegal and prostitutes have to exist as an underworld group. Also, because it's illegal and therefore done in an unprotected environment, healthy normal women don't want to participate in it, resulting in innocent young women being tricked and forced into prostitution against their will, often by being forced to get dependent on drugs. In a legalized environment, many women willingly choose to work in a brothel, where they have they can work safely in a structured environment where condoms are required and where their working conditions are regulated by state employment laws. I saw a special on TV about the Nevada brothels, and those ladies seem to be okay with their working conditions and they chose their line of employment. What you see in Nevada is what you would see anywhere else in the US that it gets legalized. If they're not forced, then they're not victims. If you're forced to flip hamburgers or do any other job against your will, you're a victim. Some con people point to conditions in 3rd world countries; not a fair comparison, because civil rights are bad there in general, not just for prostitutes."
    • +3 +3 0 Victor Greywolf Aug. 20, 2012
      "I hear you, Phil. Besides, as far as that one goes, maybe Lance who made this post is probably the one who pays for sex the most, but then again, ALL the antis do, but they just don't want to admit it. Most of them, if not at least 98% love to bully them, and want to keep it illegal, especially since if it was legal, they wouldn't have the power over the prostitutes, and that is what they want, the power over someone, because they don't have power over the hookers if it were legalized, and Nevada has the right idea, since they were the first state to do it right, unlike the rest of the USA. If people did legalize it, there would be help for those who want to get out.

      Bottom line, there are no victims, no matter what the sob stories edited by moralists and the right wing, so cut the bull, because antis LOVE the exploitation, so they can bully people, otherwise why fight to keep it illegal, right, ANTIS? You want to stop exploitation, LEGALIZE IT! Nevada did, and they helped alot of women. Something to try, antis, but you want to bully people, otherwise, why not fight to legalize it, unless you know I am right. End of story."
  • -16 +32 -48 Christa Jun. 3, 2011
    "It promotes using women and only demands more abuse and use of others. It is a crime and no women in prostitution wants to be, poverty and circumstances put them there. Our children should not be able to grow up with that as a choice of a job. It should not be accepted socially. I vote no and you should too!"
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    • +7 +9 -2 Victor Greywolf Feb. 23, 2012
      "Well, I vote yes.

      As far as our children, if ithey want to, that is their choice, not yours.

      What are your sources? Religion? The talk shows or MSNBC specials? Give me a break! Why not look at it from a different point of view?

      It should be accepted socially."
    • +6 +7 -1 sergio Mar. 14, 2012
      "You're wrong. It would promote using women if it remains illegal. What you call "using women" is being made by your wife and most women who, by lack of a accepted option, end up marring the fatter more perverted man because of his money. You are probably one of them, that would lose their pretty wife if they could get "financial help" in an accepted way. As you see, both sexes use the other to get something, and women will continue doing it regardless of it being legal or illegal.
      Also, those fatter perverted men get that perverted thanks to their possibility to "buy" woman, at high cost, and that "prohibited" and "luxurious" factors make them to get exited about that.
      If it was cheaper and safer, it wouldn't be that exiting anymore, actually giving wives a new reason to appreciate the.
      Also, if women have the choice to "finance" their life with the guy they like the more (not the more perverted one who hides in the underground) you could be surer that if a woman is with you, it's because she likes you. If she wouldn't, she could be with someone else."
    • +1 +1 0 Casey Jan. 22, 2013
      "Why is that everyone is assuming that every single person out there that has ever sold their body, has to be a woman? You can't use the defence of,

      "It promotes using women and only demands more abuse and use of others. It is a crime and no women in prostitution wants to be, poverty and circumstances put them there."
      It can very easily be a male that is a prostitute. Dont just assume that if it involves a sexual act for money, that the 'victim' is always a woman."
    • -7 +2 -9 Vanessa Sep. 3, 2011
      "I completely agree with the promotion of using women statement and that is about the only reason I would say no to legalizing prostitution. Children already have it as a choice of job. Prostitution IS out there. Right now. The reason why cops don't arrest most of them? Because they have better things to do and prostitutes often help them in investigations as they are familiar with "that kind of crowd". I'm not trying to attack you here, as you have every right to your opinion and its good for you to express it, I'm just adding to the conversation and pointing out that you brought up a good argument."
  • -17 +13 -30 Andrew O'Leary Oct. 20, 2012
    "You are selling your body and soul to the devil."
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    • +5 +7 -2 Victor Greywolf Oct. 24, 2012
      "lol. How much would I have to pay for yours? I mean, come on. Selling a soul? That's ridiculous. Yeesh. I mean, can you come up with a better argument that "selling your body and soul to the devil?""
    • +4 +4 0 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "Keep your religion to yourself."
    • +2 +2 0 TheAvatarofSet Oct. 1, 2013
      "That's their prerogative. It's their body, not yours, so you don't get to making their choices for them or force your false morality upon another. That's the very definition of sanctimoniousness."
    • 0 0 0 Deb Jul. 21, 2014
      "I have been married 3 times. Guess what, the Bible does not condone divorce. I'm pretty sure I would have been much happier if I could have chosen prostitution as my lifestyle and employment. Maybe I would actually own a nice home right now instead of living in a trailer that is coming apart at the seams."
  • -17 +16 -33 ss Feb. 6, 2012
    "Well prostitution should be illegal b/c it is nothing more than sex slavery. Women who go into it willingly are just greedy b/c they don't want to work at McDonald's. Men who support prostitution do so b/c they don't want to be faithful to gf's/wives. Well I say these prostitutes and their clients should all get AIDS and die. Why should we make it legal and spend money for their healthcare, AIDS testing etc.?"
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    • +11 +13 -2 Victor Greywolf Feb. 7, 2012
      "Usually those who are against it, are often the ones who need those people the most. Besides, have you ever had interaction with them, outside of the illegal part, or aspiring? I doubt it, and you probably watch those moralist MSNBC sob story specials.

      As far as being faithful to their wives and gf's, what's your source on this, other than just beliefs or stereotypes? Most of you antis probably go to them, and want to push your point of view on others. To the antis, we know you go, or wish to keep it illegal so you can have those people to yourselves, as some have proven throught their feelings. Man, you con people sometimes crack me up."
    • +6 +6 0 Osama Jul. 18, 2012
      "If someone wants to earn more money then its there choice on how they want to legally earn it. The Universal declaration of human rights' article 23 clearly states every body has free choice of employment."
    • 0 +1 -1 Anonymous Mar. 4, 2012
      "I disagree.
      1st, prostitutes usually do not claim all of the money that they earn, a pimp or another boss usually controls all Thier money. Prostitutes barely get any money form Thier superiors or Thier clients.
      2nd, prostitution isn't just a woman's job, men England 50% of clients were married, or cohabiting. According to Kinsey's report, 70% of adult men have engaged in prostitution at least once. Male prostitutes sometimes report that their clients include married men who identify as heterosexual. do it too."
    • -11 0 -11 Vinathi Feb. 6, 2012
      "Couldn't have said it better."
  • -17 +25 -42 vinathi Feb. 2, 2012
    "Just SICK.
    1) Have you ever seen places where prostitution is legal? Trucks & billboards driving around with naked girls on them. This is deeply disturbing for those of us who want to stay religious.
    2) The prostitute might get killed in the process and the murderer would get away
    3) MOST IMPORTANT: what happens if she gets a kid? I know there are birth control methods that makes it unlikely, but it's still a huge possibility. If she gets a child, the child doesn't get to have any type of dad or the child gets sent to an adoption center or the child gets killed (aborted) before they even get to see life."
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    • +10 +10 0 Pondera May. 23, 2012
      "1) Prostitution is legal in the UK. I have not seen any billboards with naked women on them advertising sex services.
      2) Legalised prostitution would enable the girls to openly note the details of their clients and this would reduce attacks.
      3) She can abort it. Professional sex workers, like professional drivers, are far less likely to make a mistake. It is the drunk teenage amateur at her first adult party who is far more at risk. Should we ban parties?"
    • +8 +11 -3 Victor Greywolf Feb. 3, 2012
      "Well, that's planned parenthood is for, and if she chooses to have an abortion, that is her business, and her business entirely. I say, go for it, if she chooses to.

      Prostitute might get killed in the process, but then again, ANYONE can get killed doing anything, whether it is having sex for money, or driving a cab, or even going for a walk in some areas.

      As far as naked girls advertising they do it in Vegas alot, but in Vegas, it is illegal, ironically.

      If it is disturbing, don't look, that simple.

      it's not sick, what is sick is the illegal aspect of it. I have seen places where prostitution is legal, and it is much nicer than the places that aren't, but don't worry, we will be seeing the cons or antis as I call them with them at some point. It will happen. If any antis become those, remind me not to pick them. End of story."
    • +7 +9 -2 Anonymous Mar. 4, 2012
      "1st, Prostitiutes are more at risk to get raped(82%) than to get killed
      2nd, if morality is the issue then your argument isn't valid"
    • +5 +5 0 Natasha Jul. 2, 2012
      "1) I'm sure that wouldn't happen in a place like the U.S. where you can't even say 'sh**' on television. We're overly sensitive about censorship.
      2) The point is that if the prostitute feels threatened by the client, they can deny patronage and have authority figures deal with them.
      3) (As for female prostitution because no one takes into account male prostitution), it could be a job requirement to be on birth control. Besides women can get accidentally pregnant by a man they don't know without prostitution. It's called a one night stand."
    • +3 +3 0 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "All straw men.

      First off, don't look at the billboards and get over it. Nobody gave you the right to oppress others for the sake of your religion, including your religion I am pretty sure.

      Second, yes well it is much more likely the prostitute will get killed if we keep it illegal. They have no protection from the law currently and are more likely to be victims of violence now.

      Third, Unlikely but if she does it is no different than a single mom getting her kid from a one night stand. That's legal, why does money make it different?"
    • +1 +1 0 Sanderson Sep. 11, 2013
      "1) Censorship decided by each country would dictate the fashion in which advertising can exhibit.

      2)The point of legalising prostitution is to regulate all activities with the assistance of government entities, unions, and health providers.

      3) WHOA you have this out like birth control isn't effective. Birth control pills are 99% effective and under legal supervision [and therefore standards] all would be required to employ the use of condoms, which are also 99% effective.
      On the off chance of impregnation, abortion is always an option, and abortion is legal."
  • -17 +20 -37 freedom love Nov. 19, 2011
    "in the state of minnesota 609.324,subd.2 prohibits soliciting engaging in personal contact or penetration, it does not prescribe a spectific age under that statute. Now can a person who solicit a person to engage in prostitution be also charged with soliciting a person to practice prostitution."
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    • +24 +24 0 Victor Greywolf Nov. 30, 2011
      "This is a very confusing one, so the response is hard to make out. Can you clarify what you mean by this one in more detail? Thank you."
  • -17 +33 -50 thepowerofno Jul. 11, 2011
    "whether legalized or allowed, most prostitutes are victims ... more women than most people realize are forced into the business under threat of violence to them or someone they love and it they are taken to places where it is legal or simply allowed to flourish ... many many children are forced into this ... it is NOT good ... do you really want to live in a world where this kind of market is allowed and tolerated to exist? where children can be used as sexual slaves? anyone who is pro prostitution is unwittingly saying that it is ok to create a haven where children can be sold for sex ... even if it were legalized, women (and boys too) would still be considered and treated like "non human" by society and it would open the door to even more victimization ... i have a feeling that many people that think it should be legal have no idea what it's like to be forced to do something "legal" like that and be judged in a negative light because of it ... i am well educated and have been in the business and i know with every fiber of my being that prostitution is a crime against women (or boys) and legalizing it is not the solution at all ... legalizing it is a step back for civilization"
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    • +17 +18 -1 Tom Dec. 11, 2011
      "Where it is illegal, no prostitute can go to the police to report a crime against themselves. Legalizing it would allow the workers to seek police protection from beatings and coercion. Let the cops go after the pimps, and let the workers work as legal service providers."
    • +11 +13 -2 Victor Greywolf Feb. 3, 2012
      "Legalizing it would be a step toward civilizing the industry and moving society forward instead of backwards thepowerofno. I don't believe you have worked in that industry as you claim, and I believe that you have sources on this that are quite faulty like Diane Sawyer and that Tyra, who are very biased. I am sorry, but I can't take what you said as far as this seriously. Have a good day."
  • -18 +19 -37 Yooo Mammaaa Mar. 30, 2012
    "Prostitution is discusting and considered by me RAPE. Why would you want to sell yourself for money, by somebody youve never met. Not only that, but not knowing where theyre from or what they possibly have. Its just wrong in my opinion and not a smart desicion."
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    • +9 +10 -1 Victor Greywolf Apr. 2, 2012
      "People choose what they want to do with their lives, and if someone wants money, and can sell themselves, why not.

      As far as decision goes, the people who are selling themselves do it, because they want to. People sell themselves all the time, in cases such as working for someone, you're selling yourself, doing baby sitting, you are selling yourself, modeling and acting, you are selling yourself. Getting money for sleeping with someone is a bonus, so what is wrong with that? Usually those who are against it, either go to prostitutes frequently, or are the kind that I described, such as bitter, ugly, bitchy women who know that not even a human trafficker or pimp wouldn't even give them a second glance. That wouldn't be the xase with you, would it? It isn't wrong to the person who is doing it, or the person who wants to buy it. Live and let live. You have the right to your opinion, but others have the right to theirs also. It is existing, so why not legalize it?"
    • +7 +8 -1 Get at me Apr. 26, 2012
      "Prostitution isn't rape, that doesnt even make sense. The prostitute is obviously not getting raped since they offered their body in the first place. And as long as your 18 you should be able to make the choices you want concerning your own body. And if prostitution was regulated the business would be much safer and the possibiltiy of STD's would be considerably decreased. What people do, and who they do is none of your or anyone else's right to regulate. I dont want to be a prostitute. I dont like the idea of prostitution. But, you should be able to have sex for money if you want to."
    • +6 +6 0 Kyle Jul. 13, 2012
      "I find your spelling disgusting, but I digress. Others have pointed out the absurdity of calling it rape so I'll leave that alone. There are a lot of things that are "just wrong". That is not a valid reason to make something a crime. Should we imprison people who have affairs? They do more damage to more people and are the same thing at the core. Sex that people believe to be immoral. Whether it is or isn't (I believe it is), is not my governments place to say."
    • +5 +5 0 Natasha Jul. 2, 2012
      "Some people have so much sex with others they don't really know and enjoy it so much that they say, 'What the hell? Why not make some money out of it?' Legalizing it would mean prostitutes have the legal right deny customers who refuse to wear protection and this could PREVENT anyone unwilling from being FORCED into the business."
    • +4 +4 0 daisey winthrope Jul. 7, 2012
      "although prostitution isn't your taste, it is not rape. clearly if it was rape you do not have their consent and you don't get money at the end of the day for it. not saying prostitution is right but there are so many better comparisons you could've said.and with your errors perhaps you didn't make the smart DECISION to write on this topic. consider yourself educated."
    • +2 +2 0 Jessica May. 14, 2013
      "Everyone is free to do whatever they want, you may see it as gross but put yourself in those womens place for once. Do you really think that they enjoy doing that? Of course not but sometimes they have to do it because they have kids to raise, family to support maybe you should think of ALL the reasons why women do that job instead of just judging and being ignorant."
  • -18 +18 -36 Mike Hawk Feb. 7, 2012
    "It's nasty. It'd just INCREASE the HIV/AIDS because more people would become prostitutes because it is LEGAL and more people will get HIV/AIDS because the people that already have AIDS will receive service from the uninfected prostitutes that will catch the HIV/AIDS and it will just spread from there on."
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    • +15 +16 -1 Victor Greywolf Feb. 7, 2012
      "What is your source on this? If you knew anything about it, you would know that in the cases of LEGAL prostitution, the girls would get checked. It's when people out there do stupid things, such as sleeping with someone WITHOUT PROTECTION, is when the people get HIV/AIDS. If they have it, they shouldn't do that. And as far as the people getting HIV/AIDS, it's because not only the ILLEGAL aspects of it, but because they are stupid enough to do it to begin with. If people had more sex education, and instead wee encouraged to practice safe sex, it wouldn't happen.

      What you said is unbelievable, and I don't mean that in a good way."
    • +12 +13 -1 Kylie Mar. 12, 2012
      "that's not the problem with prostitution, that's the problem of real life! What do you think college students do? What do you think sluts and whores do? The only thing that's different is that prostitutes get paid for it!"
    • +12 +13 -1 Anonymous Mar. 4, 2012
      "Look, in many societies prostitution is highly frowned upon.
      2nd,Making prostitution legal would help those who do do it become safer so that they could afford condoms and etc....
      3rd, whta statistics support your statement?
      73% of people who are infected or are Carter's of HIV are men
      66% of transmissions of HIV/AIDS are through "male-to-male" sexual contact
      18% is transmitted through sharing needles
      Only 15% is actually caused by heterosexual intercourse
      If you truly want to avoid AIDS consider avoiding sharing needles and oral sex.
      4th, if you feel that prostitution is "nasty" that's a moral problem not a legal problem."
    • +5 +5 0 Kyle Jul. 13, 2012
      "There is not a woman in the world that stays out of prostitution because it is illegal. The penalties are not so stiff that it's a factor in their decision. It comes down to morality, finances, and their willingness to accept being villified by society at large. As far as diseases go, there is a lesser risk if it is in the open because testing would be required as would strict condom policies."
    • +3 +3 0 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "Even though Nevada hasn't had a single case since they started screening for it with their LEGAL prostitutes decades ago. Yep, quite possibly the weakest argument of them all.

      Not to mention sex workers use condoms more often than bar chicks."
  • -18 +23 -41 isei Jul. 11, 2011
    "there are other mean of earning income then selling your body..?
    is it safe to hook up with a prostitute or not?
    prostitute goes for money. would they care about health virus and other type of virus that will infect them and there client?"
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    • +7 +7 0 Victor Greywolf Apr. 19, 2012
      "So do alot of other people, so on the money part, your argument is blown. Is it safe to hook up with a prostitute? That depends on how you look at it. If you go to a legal house, it is, because you know they are checked, and not only that, you are assured that you can live out your fantasy without people gossiping about it, and also bragging to someone how lousy you were, and become a laughing stock later, due to your poor performance.

      As far as selling your body, people do that all the time, and sex isn't always part of the equation. Example, people sell their bodies for science, such as test subjects for medicine, and products like soap and cosmetics so animals won't be used. Should that be illegal? They also sell their bodies when they model clothes, or cars, or nude paintings should that be illegal also? They also sell their bodies when they have to do stunts, such as race car driving, or boxing, and I guess you get the point. And many times they earn money for it, so how should prostitution be any different. Seems having sex is okay, until money is discussed. Hey, if a woman wants to sell her vagina, it's hers to do as she wishes. End of story."
  • -18 +29 -47 Taylor Jun. 29, 2011
    "I dont want my daughter to one day ask me what is prostitution ? What would you say "hun its were a women freely has sex with someone she doesnt know and she gets paid for doing it". For our goverment to say that this is right you try to explain that so a young girl. Prostitutes can spead STD's. The only reason you of you want prostitution should be legal for taxs, for your enjoyment thats sad that you have to pay someone to have sex with you. There are tons of other ways you can get money other than selling yourself."
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    • +18 +19 -1 Anon. Sep. 25, 2011
      "..First of all, taylor. If prostitution was legalized, it would be regulated and have to follow a health code, just like any other buisness. Its legal in many other countries, and regulated to protect not just the workers but their clients as well. legalizing it would actually be safer then keeping it illegal for that reason alone."
    • +10 +10 0 Taylor Woods Jan. 30, 2012
      "Excuse me. It's a profession not a hobby. If your child understands enought to ask you then they know something about it already. Just explain to them that these women are trying to make a living, not exploit themselves."
    • +7 +8 -1 Victor Greywolf Feb. 16, 2012
      "Usually those who are against it, are so, because they know no man wants them.

      I would say, that in the case of that, it is your choice, since you are the one who is selling it to someone. They want to pay you for it, it is a bonus.

      I doubt they would take a young girl. Most people would want an adult who is willing to do it. I don't know what your source is on this.

      Most women who are against it, do so, because of the fact that they know men get turned off by them, and are bitter, and want to spread that bitterness so they feel empowered to make other people miserable."
  • -19 +27 -46 Eleanor Oct. 25, 2011
    "No matter what any of these comments say, women who subject themselves to prostitution are at a much greater risk of contracting STD's. Enough said. Not to mention that those participating do not pay taxes on their income which means they are using our roads, government funded healthcare, and public school system without chipping in. I am absolutely all for protecting personal rights, but quite honestly prostitution violates my right of living in a nation where women can survive through their intelligence and where men can be loyal to himself and his family."
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    • +7 +7 0 Max Apr. 23, 2012
      "“We see very little STD among the working girls in these brothels,” says Dr. Randall Todd, who as state epidemiologist is in charge of tracking sexually transmitted diseases. “Brothel sex is extremely low-risk, probably a lower risk than to pick up someone in a bar whom you don’t know.” Dr. Randall Todd (Preforms the required STD tests for a Nevada brothel)

      In legalized prostitution in Nevada condom use is required and the rates of STDs are very low. And being legal workers the prostitutes pay taxes."
    • +7 +7 0 Nwarguy Apr. 23, 2012
      "First.. prostitution wouldn't be limited to women. 2nd.. if it were made legal... it would be taxed silly. How would it be ANY different (from a money perspective) than someone who gives massages or cuts hair?"
    • +2 +2 0 A Humanist Jun. 11, 2012
      "Isn't it rather sexist to assume that men can't be faithful to their significant others if prostitution is legal? You ignore the fact that women cheat too, and I'm sure the rates are comparable."
  • -19 +31 -50 Jessica Oct. 20, 2011
    "Think about the harm it's doing to her body. She is just being misused and only hurting herself the more and more sex she has. Even if a prostitute knows she has an STD or HIV, they continue to expose more people."
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    • +20 +21 -1 jodie Dec. 26, 2011
      "you dont know what you are talking about unless you have been there. isn't she being even more misused and abused while being called a criminal? drunk girls in clubs do the same exact thing and expose other people to stds. very hypocritical and you are a woman. makes me disappointed"
    • +6 +6 0 Victor Greywolf Jun. 13, 2012
      "Hey, ANYONE can get an STD, such as the girls who hang around the bars and hook up with someone and go to the back alleys. What about junkies who inject themselves with tainted needles and all that. As far as the STD, if it was legal, they would have examination to catch the STD BEFORE it was spreading to prevent it from spreading. It's people like you who are making it more possible to spread. jodie, I like the way you think, you seem to have common sense, which is more than I can say for this person on here, along with the rest of the antis who we KNOW go to the prostitutes and pimps, even though they don't want admit it. There's no shame in it, but what there is shame in is the fact they want to keep it illegal, which is wrong, because as I stated on other posts, when you make it illegal, you give it to criminals, who don't care about anything but money. So, cons, or anits as I like to call you, keep making it illegal, you are giving the criminals all the money they want, and the victimizers aren't them, it is YOU, the cons, or antis as I call you. Leave it on your concience. End of story."
    • +4 +4 0 Phil Jul. 6, 2012
      "For the prostitute and the client alike, isn't having sex without insisting on a condom kind of like choosing to drive through the woods with an 8 ft. 2-by-4 sticking out your window? I don't see that STD/AIDS thing as an argument against legalizing prostitution. If legalized, prostitution would largely be done in brothels, where they can set the rules requiring condoms, verses illegal prostitution where the client has a lot more to say about it. Look at Nevada. The brothels require condoms. Harm to her body? That's gradual. It seems she can gage that and change jobs if she wants to, without others stepping in, taking over that decision, and limiting women's choices of employment."
    • +3 +3 0 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "Straw man, disproved over and over and over. It has been disproved over and over and over. Do you get it when I repeat that over and over and over? Look at Nevada, look at their condom usage vs the general population, read the studies."
  • -19 +42 -61 Teecara Apr. 28, 2011
    "I think prostitution shouldn't be legalized! It's a ridiculous idea to start with. In my English 1102 class we're writing positions essays, and I choose this topic because I feel that if the government were to ever make this legal it's like saying to the world it's okay to be a prostitute! I mean what would that say to the kids today when we're suppose to be setting an example...In taxing it like it's a career, is our society that desperate for money that it is willing to stoop so low to get it?"
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    • +14 +17 -3 John May. 15, 2011
      "You can't start a debate by asserting that the opposing view is "ridiculous" without showing how. Why is it not okay to be a prostitute? Perhaps, if it were legal, it would be respectable. If your point is that it is messy and dirty, then we should make it illegal to be a garbage man?

      We cannot stop the fact that prostitution occurs, but by it being illegal, we open the door to criminals rather than workers."
    • +11 +13 -2 Harley Sweet Oct. 10, 2011
      "I understand where you are coming from. I want children one day and a husband, but there are a lot of jobs that we pose as careers that are not moral and set a bad example. Modeling is a career that is idolized but you have to be a certain size to obtain it. What kind of an example is that? A plastic surgeon is legal, so is that imposing that it's great to have plastic surgery done? Or what about the music and pop stars and movie stars that your children look up to? Are they the best examples? Setting the example comes from the parent and if your children want to something shouldn't you support them?"
    • +2 +3 -1 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "It -IS- okay to be a prostitute.

      It -IS NOT- okay to be egotistical, self righteous, or high and mighty. Unfortunately you are guilty of the latter.

      Even Jesus said so, read the Bible. Judge not lest ye be judged."
    • -9 +2 -11 Anonymous Mar. 4, 2012
      "Do you realize that many of these women and men are forced into this? It is never a choice.
      Most prostitutes don't even get half the money for selling themselves it all goes to Thier pimps.
      If I were you I'd be more concerned about the people who force the women into selling themselves and their clients."
  • -20 +14 -34 Autumn Feb. 20, 2012
    "Sex without marriage is cheap. Sex for money is way underpriced. No question about it, women are being undervalued as just a way to get sex. It's harmful and not helpful in any way. There are so many better things you could do with your life. When you have sex before you're ready or doing it like this is very hurtful to your body, your emotional health and your social health."
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    • +10 +11 -1 Logan Mar. 22, 2012
      "All of you who say " oh the women are forced to" or "they don't like it" are just flat out wrong. She wants to do it so she should be allowed to. She knows what she's doing. A prostitute once said that a job she had before a prostitute was more life demeaning. Explain to me why a prostitute should be forced not to be a prostitute because it harms her health. Why don't we illegalize the military, football, hockey, lacrosse I mean come on. People volunteer to join the military just like people want to be a prostitute. You may not like it or want your children to be one, and I would agree with that, but for some its a last resort job and even if its not its their body."
    • +8 +9 -1 Nwarguy Apr. 23, 2012
      "Opinions should not be used in lieu of actual facts which is what you are doing. Prove how it's harmful and not helpful in any way. Just look at what criminalizing alcohol has done for instance. If it were legal, we would be able to monitor the businesses that sell sex, make sure they're up-to-date with health codes, have protection available for customers and workers. And to mimic what another poster had said... there are MANY jobs that is hurtful to your body, your emotional health and social health. How about celebrities?? Loooong hours that usually hurt them physically and emotionally and are usually not a "good" influence on society.. yet I bet you idolize some of those celebs."
    • +6 +7 -1 Carl Apr. 22, 2012
      "If you think it is underpriced and undervalued, then DON'T become a prostitute. SIMPLE as that.
      Leave those who do choose to be prostitutes accept their own decisions."
    • +3 +3 0 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "These days you would be lucky to have sex IN marriage. What's the point? Besides that's a preference you speak of, not something that should be legislated."
    • +2 +2 0 Sanderson Sep. 11, 2013
      "You make no legal argument whatsoever.
      Perhaps more importantly, even though the 'hard pressed, forced into it' minority are well publicised, they are still the minority."
  • -20 +39 -59 tyler Sep. 26, 2011
    "it violates everything women have fought for"
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    • +27 +29 -2 Lily Nov. 7, 2011
      "No, it doesn't. Women have fought to have equal rights. If a woman wants to work as a prostitute, let her. Her working as a prostitute does not hurt any of her rights. The lack of regulation provides easy ways for women to be taken advantage of and have her rights taken away."
    • +23 +24 -1 Kendra Folsom Oct. 31, 2011
      "Agreed. But what about the men who wish to be prostitutes?"
    • +22 +24 -2 Victor Greywolf Dec. 9, 2011
      "you tell them Lily. And Kendra, yeah, they should have that right. freedom of choice is what it is, and people should have that right. They want to do it, let them. To the antis, try to come up with something more original, okay? Thank you. You go, Kendra and Lily. You go, girls"
    • +12 +14 -2 Savannah Jan. 26, 2012
      "like you would know! we can do what we want if we want to so get over it!"
    • +6 +8 -2 Linh Mar. 26, 2012
      "what has women fought for? is this every women out there? I'm a girl myself and think the idea of making it legal is insane why we are even debating on the matter. but why not? women are already doing this all over the world as today when it is still illegal in most states. How does this violate everything? and what is everything? There's many levels of classes of women. The women who think this is the only way to make money. Then let them stupidly do it. For those who will never even think of the idea won't ever do it no matter if its legal or not. Same goes for the whores. People have no morals. That's all bullshit. I'm against the idea but i don't see why it cant be legal. Crime rates will decrease. Imagine if weed was legal. In some states it's already. Same concept applies except i believe our government should be involved in weed rather than prostitution."
    • +4 +6 -2 The Liberalist Mar. 4, 2012
      "Do you realize that most prostitutes are actually men?"
    • +1 +1 0 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "Everything? Their bodies their rights? I don't think so."
  • -21 +8 -29 @Jford_MN Apr. 26, 2012
    "imagine the African American community 400 years ago. There slaves. immoral, degrading and oppressed. leap to 2012. they received their "Freedom". Thanks to Dr. King And Malcolm X and others that helped our fight for equality. Now our countries are in a depression and its all of our faults! So Say the African community wanted to go back to the slave mentality, but in ways that make it "legal" where they can make a profit.would this be right? all the fight we and did to get this far! how about all the lives lost in this battle! whether African Uzbek Ukrainian Irish or any ethicist group you belong to you should have pride in your culture history. if The African community did this all other nationalities would follow in order to make money. where would all the pride go down the drain! along with all the things that make us human. If a women or man for that matter see their only way to make currency is to degrade themselves picture what kind of world we would live in 10 20 30 years from now! one that no one would want to live in. we legalized lots of things to make money and strengthen our nations,and we still fail to keep a balanced economy. We would eventually run out of ways to make money an lose real human nature.- @Jford_MN"
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    • +9 +10 -1 Victor Greywolf Apr. 26, 2012
      "Oh, man. I am so embarassed for you, I truly am. First off, if it is legal, it means that it is regulated, and under control. It is a choice if a person wants to sell their genitals. If they have something to share, why not. What is your source on this? Number 2, if it is legal, they enter the business because they want to. it's a mentality like the kind that was expressed by you that puts people back a step from advancing. Finally, if they want to do it, it is their business, not anyone elses. I suggest you get out in the real world, and explore. I am so embarassed for you, I truly am. If a person wants to do it, they should have the right to do so. It is their body, and it is pride, in the sense of individualism, nothing against culture, because alot of people in EVERY culture go to prostitutes.

      Yes it would be right to profit off of them, because they are the ones who choose, when it is controlled and regulated."
    • +4 +4 0 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "Oh for the love of God really? Now we want to bring MLK into this?

      Equality means we have equal rights to do what we want. Freedom is the ability to do what we want. I think MLK was a moral person with strong Judeo-Christian values and would have frowned upon anything going against the Bible.

      However, dare I say it, it wasn't MLK's dream or mission to oppress other people's lives with his morality."
  • -22 +28 -50 beast Oct. 19, 2011
    "they get violated and get taken advantaged of"
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    • +14 +17 -3 Tom Dec. 11, 2011
      "That happens now because sex workers cannot go to the police and report crimes against themselves."
    • +8 +10 -2 Waffle Feb. 13, 2012
      "Believe me, they are not being taken advantage of. They want it just as much as the guy does."
    • 0 0 0 Deb Jul. 21, 2014
      "Who exactly gets violated and taken advantage of ?"
    • -1 0 -1 anastasia Dec. 5, 2012
      "this is true even thogh you havent been violated now dosnt meen you wont in the futuer"
  • -24 +26 -50 xxhaimixx Sep. 21, 2011
    "i say oh no because its just nasty i mean i know that times could be hard and everything and so geta job mcdonalds will do i mean not a lot of money but hey it will work ps you dont hav to sell your body!!!!"
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    • -11 0 -11 The Jester Mar. 4, 2012
      "Working as a prostitute equivalents to having a minimum wage and having a home barely worth 10 bucks"
  • -24 +27 -51 Angela L May. 28, 2011
    "I read through most of the pro's on this subject..I must say that everyone has good points (from their point of view)..however, i consider myself to be a Christian and I completely disagree. Prostitution should be illegalized. Many of the Pro-er's said that a person should have the choice to do with their body what they want...well what about illicit drugs? Should a person be left alone to inject, swallow, sniff or smoke drugs to get high? No! Why? Because it is dangerous. Going to the Biblical aspect of the thing, Yes God gave us the freedom of choice, BUT he also gave us rules to live by and if we broke them we had to ask for forgiveness and to have our sins "washed away." There was a prostitute mentioned in the Bible who suffered from a blood disorder - probably an STD - and she knew that if she was to touch the hem of Jesus' garment she would be healed. When she touched the hem of the garment Jesus said she was healed by her faith. She did not return to prostitution because she wanted to follow Jesus and live to his standards. Her name was Mary Magdalene. For those of you who are the Pro-er's look it up. Prostitution - in my opinion and beliefs - needs to be illegalized all over the world!"
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    • +19 +20 -1 Vanessa Sep. 8, 2011
      "I'm a "pro-er" and a (devout) Christian too. That is a problem with some of us religious people: we think that because we believe something it should be put onto everyone else. Kinda like that England thing that America was running away from...oh yes, religious oppression.

      While I disagree with prostitution morally and advise against it for their own health (as you so politely put), there is no good reason for it not to be legal. In fact, if it were legal, officers could focus on the harder crimes such as homicide, drug and gun trafficking, and the like."
    • -16 +4 -20 Lawrence Jun. 18, 2011
      "If any of the pro views are logically valid, I have a hard time understanding how an omniscient deity would disagree. I fully support your freedom of religion but, the subject of morality is strictly a matter of logic and common sense, not faith."
  • -24 +32 -56 Clarisa Apr. 28, 2011
    "I think a lot of people tend to forget about the spouses, partner, etc. (both male and female) of these people using prostitutes...as victims of this crime as well...

    What I don't understand are those prostitutes or strippers (online or not) who agree to be what they are as a form of 'work' or 'job' when there are other things available for them...These men and women don't seem to realize they HURT other people by doing their 'job'. They are partners in destroying people's lives and families and perpetuate this stupidity and addiction...They can't grasp the concept that they may feel there is no victim there, but you know what there are - broken families, broken hearts, hurt feelings and lifelong suffering of STDs of the partners..."
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    • +19 +21 -2 Reemo May. 4, 2011
      "If you have given your faith and decided to share your life with a man who chooses prostitution, then you have chosen the wrong man. If prostitution was extinct the same man that seeked it when it was available will still seek sexual conduct when its not. Legalizing or banning prostitution will not change that. I am a man that has always been faithful to my wife. I have never cheated on her, because the moment I want to is the moment I will no longer be with her. What your describing has nothing to do with the act of prostitution, but with the deminer of the man you are with.

      I say legalize prostitution, and almost immediatley you will see the negative impact of it dissapear."
    • +16 +17 -1 Porsha Nov. 7, 2011
      "The reason it has more negative is bc it is bs. First off, if YOUR husband cheats on you, with or without a prostitue, it is the same. He is the one doing you wrong bc he is the one that is supposed to care and love you. You can't expect that from someone who doesn't even know you or that you even exist. Your man owes you honesty and faithfulness. Affairs occur at corp and offices as well. Most prostitutes use protection bc this is a business to them. Affairs lead to feelings for someone and unprotected sex. At least he is not having feelings for a specific person other than you. Which is probably what he would do had he not paid for sex, considering he is the cheating type regardless. It is not the women that hurt you, it is your husband. You are your own victim. Only you can make yourself happy, no one else can. If your unhappy, change it."
    • +16 +17 -1 Harley Sweet Oct. 10, 2011
      "I agree completely with Reemo. Prostitutes aren't the "bad" people here, then married men who cheat behind their wife's back are the negative energy in this business. You talk so much about emotions and how hurtful it is but honestly wouldn't you feel safer knowing that your spouse cheated on you but they went to a Brothel, where the women are checked weekly, and you have less of a chance getting an STD. If your home was meant to be broken then it would happen one way or another. You can't control that."
    • -17 +1 -18 justsayno Jul. 11, 2011
      "i can not understand why your comment has more negatives ... you make most excellent points that many people do not even consider"
  • -27 +11 -38 Andrea Feb. 3, 2012
    "Prostitution should not become legal until 90% of prostitutes are men and boys who have not other way to survive, but to be used as sperm receptacles and until men and boys let others gang rape their a**holes for pay. Then let's talk about legalizing it."
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    • +10 +13 -3 Victor Greywolf Feb. 3, 2012
      "Hmm, interesting notion. They tried to make it legal in Nevada with men being that, but it didn't pan out too well.

      Gang rape their a**holes as you put it? Hmm, talk about graphic. Remind me not to talk with you about sex, lol.

      Now, legalizing it means people won't be forced into it, like they are with the illegal part of it. And I am sad to say that people who are against it are what are causing the problems, especially those antis who will go to them at some point, as I can predict for quite a few.

      Now, if you are against it, thats find you have the right to your opinion, but you should realize that by keeping it illegal, you are contributing to the problems that are arising.

      Something to think about."
    • +6 +7 -1 Max Apr. 23, 2012
      "I can't find any statistics about the number of prostitutes who are forced into it. But if prostitution was legalized then the demand for prostitutes would remain the same but the number of ones willing would increase. Since it wouldn't be a crime then it would be easier and safer to go to a legal prostitute than an illegal one. Legalized prostitution does not have to function in the same way as illegal prostitution. Also in your argument you don't give a reason as to why the simple exchange of sex for money should be illegal. Not to mention that just by substituting women and girls, with men and boys wouldn't make the suffering any less severe. Take a minute to calm down."
    • +3 +4 -1 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "You are speaking pure hate speech. Just plain and simple that was a sexist, bigoted comment and you should be VERY ashamed of yourself.

      Sex between men and women is why you breathe."
    • -1 0 -1 The Liberalist Mar. 4, 2012
      "Of it remains illegal many of the boys couldn't escape from it if it WAS illegal, they'd be arrested."
  • -27 +30 -57 Daniel Nov. 14, 2011
    "Ah, Democrats and Libertarians. With any social issue, it's just the same argument over and over: IT'S MY CHOICE!

    What more people need to realize is that a lot of your choices affect other people. I really like the comment Jared made on what is currently the most popular post on the pro side. It really will hurt a lot of women. No woman should ever feel forced to stoop so low. And while you may say it's their choice, for a lot of them it isn't. Many women simply feel that they don't have a choice. However, becoming a prostitute will only make their problems worse. Trafficking would also increase, and I shouldn't need to tell you how awful that is.

    Prostitution is NOT a business. Don't use that word, it makes this...DEVILISH act sound like it's for smart people who work hard. What next, are they going to start offering sex majors in college? Will prostitution "companies" become household names as big as Wal-Mart? Will kindergarten children be told that prostitution is just an alternate lifestyle, no different than someone who chooses to be a firefighter or policeman? I can just picture it right now, some prostitute coming home to her husband... "boy, that was a hard day at the office..."

    STOP ACCEPTING SEX SO MUCH!!!"
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    • +27 +30 -3 Victor Greywolf Nov. 29, 2011
      "Yes, the media 9 times out of 10 is extremely biased, especially when you look at who is doing the interview, such as the 20/20 with Diane Sawyer, she was extremely biased, as well as the other shows when you have people like her interviewing people who worked in that industry, but the media has always had a bias against things such as that.

      If people learned more about sex education, and practiced safe sex, these things wouldn't happen.

      Nobody's asking you to back down, that is what makes America and the internet great, is that you have the right to your point of view, which I respect.

      Yeah, more research would be great, but check the sources, because as I stated in my posts, there are passionate opinions on alot of things, and sometimes passion goes to the extreme, and to the point nobody pays much attention to the other side, and feuds increase because of that.

      As far as the traffickers go, if it were legal, you might cut them off at the knees, but we need to stop being like ostriches burying our heads in the sand, and face reality. Instead of oppressing people's viewpoint, try to look at it from both sides, that way, maybe the biases will disappear, and people can finally look at things as they truly are."
    • +26 +28 -2 Kendra Folsom Nov. 17, 2011
      "Calm down... the pornography industry has been regulated for some time and no kindergartners are told that they could be a porn star when they grow up.

      I actually foresee a future in which the legalization AND regulation of prostitution makes for less human trafficking. It is explained in my post."
    • +2 +2 0 V Jan. 20, 2014
      "I think you're right. There's a saying from the comedian Tim Minchin "Don't be so open minded, your brain falls out." The bottom line is that in prostitution a person is having sex they don't really want to have. They're not doing it for their natural urges. It's gross for the rich to exploit people like this. The survey here says nearly 30% of rich people are all in favor of prostitution. Ha! I told one man who admitted to me that he saw a prostitute (son of a rich man) that if he really thought prostitution was a good idea and saw it as non-degrading, he should prove it by doing it himself. He said "no but I'm wealthy, I don't need the money. oo but that's dangerous. I don't want to do that." Well exactly! If you can't do it, why the hell would you expect other humans to do it."
    • +2 +5 -3 Rich Bianchi Dec. 28, 2012
      "Why shouldn't we accept sex? Reproductive urges and stimulation methods were never wrong in the beginning and will never be wrong. Society just flipped out when it seemed like God was angry and things were growing on genitals after too much promiscuity. They thought these were curses and they began making monogamy mandatory. You have it all screwed up seriously.

      IT ----IS---- OUR CHOICE."
    • -1 0 -1 Jorge Apr. 22, 2014
      "That's stupid Bree. Don't bring prostitutes into schools then. Simple as that."
    • -1 +1 -2 Bree Dec. 2, 2013
      "I completely agree with you Daniel. If prostitution is legalized, and then considered a "job" that can be managed, what will stop children from wanting to become prostitutes as well. What will stop schools from bringing in prostitues on "career day" and telling this child that they can get money by having sex with strangers. Is that the world that you would want your, or any child living in. Like you said Daniel prostituion is not a business. When is it ever ok to teach the youth of this world that sex for money is okay."
    • -17 +3 -20 Daniel Nov. 28, 2011
      "Sorry maybe you're right that I overreacted a bit, also maybe it was mean to stereotype Democrats since a lot of them are probably against prostitution.

      But that doesn't mean I'm backing down on what I said. Of course it seems ridiculous right now to suggest that kindergarteners will be taught about prostitution, but let's think farther into the future. I mean, 100 years ago, when having sex before marriage would often be considered a disgrace... do you really think they ever would have predicted that the kind of sexual media that's around today would have ever existed? I'm not even just talking about pornography and prostitution, but even just the stuff you see in magazines, on TV, in music, in video games, on billboards...it's just awful that something as pure as virginity can be treated like a joke. Like no one would seriously wait until marriage. Like sex is just some recreational hobby. It's really sad to me that people would absue something that gives us the God-like powers of bringing children into this world.

      Also, I'm not sure what to think now about increased trafficking, maybe the sources I heard it from are biased, but I'm sure a lot of people who say it would decrease are also biased. I'll have to research more."
  • -33 +18 -51 Nom Nov. 7, 2011
    "Its sin its against the bible, something God doesn't want and it is a sad horrid sin along with the fact that these men, women, and children are forced to have sex and lose their virginity out of marriage."
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    • +12 +12 0 Victor Greywolf May. 25, 2012
      "Oh, please. You expect to convince people to follow point of view with something as superficial and shallow as that?! Give me a break. I mean, you couldn't convince a three year old to follow that, let alone an adult, Nom. Come on. I am sure alot of people are laughing at what you said even as we speak! People have a choice, and only morons with an IQ of less than 1 would believe somethig as laughable as that. What is your source, other than potential schitzophrenia, and edited MSNBC specials? I mean, if you want to sound believeable, try to come up with something like statistics or a link to something feasable. Yeesh, I am so embarrassed for you, I truly am."
    • +8 +9 -1 Logan Mar. 22, 2012
      "I respect that you have beliefs and I am a Christian as well. You and I both know that we don't know what God knows. So just don't say that. If prostitution was legal then we could regulate it to ensure the safety of the worker. People that are forced to have sex is not prostitution its called molestation. We don't live in southern Asia or Africa were their is no control. If you are going to make an argument please have facts to back it up."
    • 0 0 0 madisen Jun. 6, 2014
      "no one really cares what god has to say get over it"
    • -8 +1 -9 Anonymous Mar. 4, 2012
      "Look, it dosen't matter if god doesn't like it.
      People are forced into it. It's often not a choice. Prostitutes are driven to homelessness and rely on Thier pimps to give them shelter and support. If you really are concerned, you should be hunting down the people who are forcing the girls into it and the people who buy it."
  • -38 +28 -66 Ramesh Apr. 28, 2011
    "I have living examples of women inducted as prostitutes in legal brothels in Australia and other advanced nations, subjected to inhumane treatment and conditions having the most undignified living, and no legal protection... By legalising there will be free abduction of our daughters and sisters."
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    • +26 +27 -1 John May. 15, 2011
      "By it being legal, the inducted women can quit, or if they are being abused, they can call the police as victims rather than conspirators."
    • +18 +20 -2 Elizabeth May. 8, 2011
      "If your evidence is what I think it is, you have your wires crossed. You are referring to practices (mostly in wartime) where women from certain countries were captured and enslaved in other countries to provide "comfort" for their troops.

      The Australian cases are from a different era and involved the native peoples being subjugated because they were considered "inferior".

      What is being proposed is a LEGAL, CONSENTING contract entered into freely by an ADULT who wants to do the work. Your fear of "free abduction of our daughters and sisters" would be laughable except that your own culture encourages much worst treatment of those same women you claim to be worried for."
    • +14 +16 -2 Victor Greywolf Jan. 16, 2012
      "Where are your sources other than heresay and personal beliefs? Do you have something tangible? I for one doubt it, and on top of that, if you are believing it, I suspect you watch those specials or talk shows that are anti. If it is LEGAL, LEGAL, mind you, nobody is forced into it. That's just a misconception that they are forced into it. I suggest you come down to the real world, and talk to people who aren't making up sob stories in order to get people on their side for something that they did to themselves. There are no victims in this world, as far as the legal aspect, they knew what they got themselves into it, regret it and do a sob story, that is all there is to it. Now, if people want to believe them, I feel sorry for them, but if you have a viable and documented source, please show it. That is all."
    • +7 +7 0 Phil Jul. 6, 2012
      "I disagree. I believe that with legalization, abduction will be replaced with HELP WANTED signs. Also, prostitutes will be able to assert their civil rights, as others are able to, in their daily dealings with others and not have to put up with abuse. I don't know ... it seems clear to me."
    • +2 +2 0 A.J.S Sep. 30, 2013
      "There will not be any abduction!!! What are you talking about we are talking about women working by themselves not working under someone else. You my friend are an idiot. The women would have to be of legal age first. You need to search up facts more. They can call the police if they are being abused,harmed, or raped."
    • -19 +3 -22 justsayno Jul. 11, 2011
      "i'm so surprised that there are so many negatives on your posting ... thank you for making your point, because I'm with you on this one"
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