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LoZoccolo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:31 PM
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Poll question: Do you think that prostitution should be legalized?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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WatsonT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:34 PM
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1. As with any law I think the burden of proof should be on those who want it implemented
Meaning that if you want it banned you have to come up with a lot of good reasons.

And I haven't seen any.

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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:36 PM
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2. There is no good reason, IMO. nt
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Nye Bevan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:37 PM
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3. It's going to happen anyway. So legalize and regulate it. (nt)
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Hugabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:37 PM
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4. Yes, but it should be regulated
Legalize it, but regulate it. At the same time, we need to legalize, or at the very least decriminalize the use of drugs. Doing both of these would really go a long way towards reducing many of the problems we have.
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Luminous Animal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:37 PM
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5. I'll go a step farther. It should be decriminalized.
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timtom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:10 PM
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28. That would be my answer, as well.
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Riftaxe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:38 PM
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6. I hardly think Congress would
want the competition... :P
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:38 PM
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7. In certain areas, it already is.
Kind of dumb that it's not universal. Legalize it, regulate it, and unionize it.
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mysuzuki2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:41 PM
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8. Would it be cheaper then?
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:45 PM
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9. Of course. When you're out of drug money, prostitution is a great way to get more drugs! nt
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buddysmellgood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:47 PM
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10. Yes, but only for men
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Exilednight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:49 PM
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13. This is the problem I have with Nevada law. It's legal for a woman to be a
prostitute, but not a guy. Equal rights goes both ways(no pun intended)
.
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Exilednight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:48 PM
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11. Legalize and tax. It's probably the only way we can get the money back from Wall Street. n/t
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Paradoxical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:49 PM
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12. I just can't support it. I'm not necessarily against it.
But the sexual exploitation of women is so powerful that I just cannot support any further support for such a cause.

We are just too fucked as a people.
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white_wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:51 PM
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14. Wouldn't legiazation decrease explotaion?
It seems to me that government oversight would limit exploitation because these woman can appeal to police or courts without fear of going to jail. As it is now, they are at the mercy of their exploiters.
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Paradoxical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:52 PM
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15. I don't think it would decrease exploitation. But that's more a philosophical question.
I mean, it's probably impossible to quantify.

After having a crash course on Women's studies this semester, I am horrified by just how sexist and disgusting the world is.
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white_wolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:53 PM
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16. I can't argue there.
The world can suck at times.
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Hugabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:57 PM
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22. Ask yourself a question...
If a guy wants to pay for sex, is he more likely to go to a place where it's regulated, he knows the women are tested for STD's, and he knows that he doesn't have to worry about getting robbed by a pimp?

As the great George Carlin once commented - fucking is legal, and selling is legal - so why isn't selling fucking legal? Why is sex the ONLY legal service that is illegal to exchange money for? I can go and get a massage just about anywhere, and that's perfectly legal. But if the masseuse touches my private areas, all of a sudden it crosses a line and becomes illegal?
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:03 PM
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24. If a guy wants to pay for sex and he is married, how does it work then for
the wife. Can she say, please honey, don't do that? He might say it is legal. Where will the courts stand in regards to this and divorce? Just wondering.
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Hugabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:07 PM
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26. Couldn't the guy just go to a bar and have sex with a random stranger?
That would be just as devastating to a marriage, and yet completely legal.

There are plenty of legal activities that could ruin a marriage. Should we go through and outlaw anything that could cause a divorce? We could always bring back Prohibition, that worked out so well last time.
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:53 PM
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34. Sure he could do that and it is used in divorce proceedings. So how would it work if he pays
and it is legal? Can the wife say that that is the reason? Just wondering how it would work legally.
Drinking beer is not against the law. Is it a matter or one beer or six? So many questions on this really.
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Hugabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:00 AM
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35. I really don't see how that question is relevant
If prostitution were legal, and a married guy decided he wanted to pay for sex, it would still be considered infidelity, and thus grounds for divorce. Whether he's paying for sex or just fucking some random stranger he met at a bar, the primary issue is that he's still having sex outside of his marriage, it would still be cheating.

The only difference is that he wouldn't be subject to prosecution for having sex with a prostitute if it were made legal. He'd still have to face social consequences, however.
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:29 PM
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45. Perhaps. Am just confused how any argument would work though because it would be legal. That in
itself would be used in defense. My concern is that it goes down the legal road and then trashes women in the end. I am not a feminist but am interested in arguments used in determining Laws. Isn't there a conflict in something that would be grounds for divorce on one hand and not being bound by law (although used in law) and another in saying that another form of infidelity is legal? Certainly one could still divorce over it but I see a very messy area here given the assholes at the SC.
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RegieRocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:13 AM
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42. No bridge
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Hugabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:54 PM
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17. Legalizing and regulating would greatly reduce exploitation
Prohibition creates many more problems than it solves. Just look at how organized crime exploded with the prohibition of alcohol and drugs.
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Paradoxical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:56 PM
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20. There is a difference between the physical exploitation of a human being and drugs.
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zane25 Donating Member (101 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:55 PM
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19. Simple
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 10:59 PM by zane25
I have never needed or wanted that sort of service, but to criminalize it makes no sense. Just because you find it less than appealing doesn't mean it should be illegal. Adding protection for those who chose to participate would clean up a lot of the issues you speak of. Not all of them, but it would be a step toward a kind of regulation that would do a world of good for a great many who could be exploited.
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:59 PM
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23. How about we ban Pimping?
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Paradoxical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:06 PM
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25. That would be good.
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Hugabear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:08 PM
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Except it's already illegal
You can get arrested under racketeering charges for running a prostitution ring.
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shcrane71 Donating Member (84 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:46 PM
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33. It's a crime to be a John in Sweden. Punishing the exploiters rather than the exploited is a
more humane approach.
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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:08 AM
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37. That's equally stupid IMHO
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WatsonT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:09 AM
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41. That makes little sense
It's legal to sell but not to buy.

And if it becomes a profession like any other how is it exploitation?

The fact that it is illegal leads to the abuses, the coerced drug addictions, disease, etc.

In many past cultures prostitutes were quite highly respected women. Not exploited in any way.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:55 PM
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18. Yes.
Where I am now it's not legal, but ignored. The result is brothels and parlours where it takes place. There's safety in numbers. If anyone tries to hurt one of them there's bouncers and such there.
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cliffordu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:56 PM
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21. Legalized and regulated, get the pimps out.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:08 PM
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27. To quote the late great George Carlin:
"Sure why not? Selling is legal, fucking is legal. So why shouldn't selling fucking be legal?"
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:14 PM
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29. The problem is the powerful people who don't like the truth of the second legality. -nt
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:19 PM
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31. Can't argue there!
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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:15 PM
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30. i'm against EXPLOITATION. not sure about legalization. recommending your post just for the heck of
it.
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shcrane71 Donating Member (84 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:42 PM
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32. Had a conversation in Amsterdam two years ago...
A very liberal Dutch lady was in favor of their liberal views towards narcotics. However, she said that many of the Dutch have found that legalized brothels lead to greater demand. And then they found that the demand of the unionized/protected prostitutes was actually decreasing because customers were demanding younger, child prostitutes.

I believe that we do need to legalize and regulate narcotics like many commodities in our economy. Since thirteen is the average starting age for prostitutes, it much more difficult for me to believe that the sale of a person's body for sex is a commodity rather than exploitation. I spoke with an environmental activist about this, and he said that he could understand that argument as he often argues that things such as clean air and water are more than just commodities to be exploited by our markets -- much like a child's body.
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:01 AM
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36. Depends... How much do you charge?
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:35 AM
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38. That, and marijuana/hemp. No-brainers.
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Joe Bacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:38 AM
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39. Works in Nevada.
And i'm sure there are lots of Republicans who keep those legal houses busy!
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:38 AM
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40. I don't care.
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:19 AM
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43. i think Oasis should be declared illegal
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True Earthling Donating Member (373 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:21 AM
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44. Absolutely is should be legalized..some people would never get laid
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 09:27 AM by True Earthling
There's a huge need for prostitution. It provides a way for some people who have little or no chance of having sex - an outlet to relieve their sexual urges at the same time providing much needed income to those providing the service.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:34 PM
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46. Yes. nt
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Redford Donating Member (96 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 01:37 PM
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47. Legalize it and tax it
Lord knows we need the money
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