Former Director of the STD/AIDS Programs for El Paso County Colorado
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
"As a public health officer I have always maintained neutrality on the legalization issue. I see 3 scenarios: making prostitution illegal (the dominant response almost everywhere); de-criminalizing it (which I view as freedom without responsibility : 'I can do my own thing and societal consequences be damned'); and reglementation (which gives society control over the rules of engagement and would presumably protect all parties and their interests --- including the IRS !). Outlawing prostitution is unrealistic and de-criminalization is irresponsible. Reglementation is realistic, but terribly unlikely to be adopted in America, given the dominant moral climate and professed values. Since legalization is likely to be argued in ideological space and since, therefore, positions will come more from the adrenal than from the cerebral cortex, I view neutrality as the most realistic option."