Any new insight? I stand by initial assertion and believe that prostitution should be legal for the safety and health of prostitutes and to prevent the spread of disease.
I just heard on the news that a sheriff has been busted in an child-internet sting.
I have the feeling that the police put a lot of money and manpower into busting prostitutes because it is fun for them and result in easy collars.
Victimless crimes should be decriminalized.
for what it's worth, it appears that the UN does not consider "voluntary" adult prostititution a form of "trafficking" (from a United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime protocol)
Statement of purpose
The purposes of this Protocol are:
(a) To prevent and combat trafficking in persons, paying particular attention
to women and children;
(b) To protect and assist the victims of such trafficking, with full respect for
their human rights; and
(c) To promote cooperation among States Parties in order to meet those
Use of terms
For the purposes of this Protocol:
(a) "Trafficking in persons" shall mean the recruitment, transportation,
transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or
other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power
or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits
to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the
purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation
of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or
services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs;
(b) The consent of a victim of trafficking in persons to the intended
exploitation set forth in subparagraph (a) of this article shall be irrelevant where any
of the means set forth in subparagraph (a) have been used;
(c) The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of a child
for the purpose of exploitation shall be considered "trafficking in persons" even if
this does not involve any of the means set forth in subparagraph (a) of this article;
the USA is a signatory of the protocol:
i don't necessarily agree with the voluntary/involuntary distinction. the parts i underlined characterize the involuntary forms of trafficking.
One can find abuses in every area of commerce or the professions. However, these areas should be reformed, not eliminated.
for what it's worth, it appears that the UN does not consider "voluntary" adult prostititution a form of "trafficking"
I think that I've said such before already: here in Germany - like in a couple of other countries - prostituion is a legal profession: registered prostitutes contribute to health insurance, federal pension fonds, pay taxes ... either self-employed or as employees.
Walter, as you may know, it's legal in many counties in Nevada. it's also legal indoors in Rhode Island, which i didn't know until i started googling for this thread.
How should you know when you haven't been to RI? :wink:
good point, WH; for some reason it's not advertised.
Rhode Island didn't positively decide to have legalized prostitution, but neglected to make indoor prostitution illegal. Authorities have tried to get around this omission by finding excuses to bust businesses that provide it, such as spas, massage parlors, etc.