Co-Founder and Curator of the Mary Evans Picture Library
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
"Except for a few, all the call-girls, brothel girls, streetwalkers and hookers - there are somewhere between 250,000 and 500,000 of them - are working illegally. It is a ridiculous situation, and one which a great many Americans would like to change. As things are, the police and the authorities have to choose whether to actively implement the law or look the other way...
To understand why this situation is allowed to persist, one must first understand the Americans - and who can claim to do that? They are at once the most permissive and the most puritanical of peoples. The most explicit sex movies can be seen by anyone who can pass for an adult; yet, in 1975, a hundred-year-old engraving of Livingstone's explorations was banned from an educational textbook because it depicted native African women with bare breasts. Paradox pervades every aspect of the American's approach to sex..."