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  •  How many here really thing that (6+ / 0-)
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    prostitution should be illegal anyhow? Smoking pot is against the law, but if a politician smoked a doobie would that make you demand his resignation because it is against the law. Be careful when using "the law" to take a position, unless you sincerely believe that our nation's legislators have a perfect track record in terms of creating laws that make sense.

    I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

    by doc2 on Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 08:26:29 AM PDT

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    •  Boston Tea Party was illegal (3+ / 0-)
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      The whole American Revolution was, in fact.
      It doesn't make sense to use laws indiscriminatey as bases for political judgements.
      Let's decriminalize prostitution.

      •  Why decriminalize? (1+ / 0-)
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        It's surviving perfectly well, as is, with the occasional crackdown to show some teeth to the law, while having the positive effect of prohibiting many people from deciding to participate in high-risk, disease-spreading, healthcare cost-increasing, behavior.

        I'm starting to feel America again.

        by Shesk on Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 08:55:19 AM PDT

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        •  I am a minmalist about criminal law (0+ / 0-)

          Grover Norquist ought to be talking about shrinking the criminal justice industry to where it can be drowned in a bathtub.
          In Amsterdam they make arrangements to deal with collateral problems. Shops are equipped with buzzer lines so women can alert police about unruly customers. Prostitutes do not necessarily do intercourse, may just do hand jobs.
          Conservatives will complain that not all problems, but they just don't want Amsterdam to be an island of freedom.

        •  Legalizing may reduce risks & society costs (0+ / 0-)
          ... high-risk, disease-spreading, healthcare cost-increasing, behavior
          By legalizing prostitution in licensed facilities and/or by licensed trained practitioners, these risks and costs can be reduced.

          Taxes can be collected helping offset whatever costs the activity may bring to society. There would likely be substantial reduction in Enforcement and Judicial costs associated with unlicensed prostitution.

          Engaging in prostitution w/o following the rules would remain illegal for all parties involved.

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