Founder and Executive Director of Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics (COYOTE) Seattle
Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
"I was a Fortune 100 executive in marketing communications before I was a whore. Often times, I had to deal with things that weren't universally popular. But your role as a professional isn't always to have people on your side - sometimes it's just to have them leave you the hell alone. I don't demand that every woman in America become a prostitute. On the other hand, this career is my choice, made without coercion. So get off my back.
...As far as convincing society, it won't come down to morality. Law isn't - or, rather, shouldn't be - based on morality or religion. We can make the case that we've been here for millions of years, and we're not going away. Also, we can make a case that decriminalization means fewer workers assaulted by police, by johns, fewer girls on the streets. What clinches it are the cold, fiscal facts. I ask 'Did you know that in Seattle this year they spent 7 million of your tax dollars busting whores?' I tell them that New York City last year spent $23 million busting whores."