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  •  The men who pay five dollars for a blow job (0+ / 0-)

    are not going to pay 500 for 30 minutes.  And I don't know when the last time you were in Vegas may have been, but all those ladies one block off the strip aren't working in clean brothels, and they're not all making 250 dollars an hour.

    You're dealing with completely different socioeconomic strata.  The idea that supply/demand is controlling this is silly.  Cigarettes and booze are legal, but there is a huge black market for both, still.  Why is that?

    "My relationship with America does not fit on a damn bumper sticker" -- Crashing Vor

    by balancedscales on Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 10:03:27 AM PDT

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    •  Your assertion . . . (2+ / 0-)
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      that there is a huge black market for cigarettes and booze seems to be counter intuitive and against common knowledge.  Care to provide some backup?

      Of course this is governed by supply and demand.  The criminalization of prostitution creates two sectors of a black market, just as with any criminality.  You have the overpriced market, where the criminals charge a considerable markup because they know their product is artificially scare(these ones accept the risk inherent in their market), and you have the super discount criminals trying to offload their product to any taker, because they know they can't market it legally(these ones try to minimize their market risk).

      Sex is not different from any other contraband, or any other product or service.  Anything you can buy or sell obeys the same laws.

      The only rule of freedom is not to destroy freedom.

      by fuzzywolf on Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 10:11:52 AM PDT

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    •  Black market for booze? (3+ / 0-)
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      I live in the state with the most ridiculous liquor laws in the country.

      Unless you count driving to Wyoming or Idaho as "the black market" and I suppose you could; we don't have a black market in booze.

      Where is there a black market in booze any more?

      Taxes on legal prostitution could pay for treatment for the drug-addicted prostitutes that give the $5 dollar blowjobs.

      •  Everybody wins! (nt) (0+ / 0-)

        The only rule of freedom is not to destroy freedom.

        by fuzzywolf on Wed Mar 12, 2008 at 10:16:55 AM PDT

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        •  Well, I wouldn't go that far (0+ / 0-)

          Prohibition made Al Capone rich, funded the Mafia and killed people with grain alcohol.

          Our current system with the infrequent corrupt or incompetent State Alcohol Commission employee is better.  Once in a while, we would run into a corrupt or incompetent State Prostitution Commission employee.

          That's why I was hoping that a rural Nevadan would post here.  They could tell us how it worked out.

    •  Taxes. (0+ / 0-)

      The federal government taxes the hell out of these things in order to discourage use and raise revenue.  When booze was illegal, the unregulated black market for it sky-rocketed.  Make prostitution legal and watch the issues decline.

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