I’m very pleased to see that…

…folks out in the blogospere are touching on some key points:

No, prostitution should not be a crime.

Yes, “high level administration officials should still resign if they have built their entire political career on being against it and partake anyway.”

Just like safe sex is not a crime, educating about safe sex is not a crime, funding programs that distribute condoms as part of their services is not a crime- but Tobias still deserved to lose his position because of his position on these matters.

Decriminalization would not lessen or validate this hypocrisy.

3 Responses

  1. Questions, questions – If prostitution was legalized, what boundaries would you place on it? Such areas as brutilization, minors, taxation, benefits? How would a person be protected by the courts? Would each house of ill repute have a madame protectorate? Would it be a federal law or a state law? I am not in the business, but I wonder at these things. I know it is legalized in the Vegas area, but that is the only legal US prostitution that I am aware of.

  2. I think the statement from the International Union of Sex Workers summarizes these points fairly succintly:

    http://www.iusw.org/start/index.html

    We demand:

    * Decriminalisation of all aspects of sex work involving consenting adults.
    * The right to form and join professional associations or unions.
    * The right to work on the same basis as other independent contractors and employers and to receive the same benefits as other self-employed or contracted workers.
    * No taxation without such rights and representation.
    * Zero tolerance of coercion, violence, sexual abuse, child labour, rape and racism.
    * Legal support for sex workers who want to sue those who exploit their labour.
    * The right to travel across national boundaries and obtain work permits wherever we live.
    * Clean and safe places to work.
    * The right to choose whether to work on our own or co-operatively with other sex workers.
    * The absolute right to say no.
    * Access to training – our jobs require very special skills and professional standards.
    * Access to health clinics where we do not feel stigmatised.
    * Re-training programmes for sex workers who want to leave the industry.
    * An end to social attitudes which stigmatise those who are or have been sex workers.

  3. KB – just an FYI, prostitution is NOT legal in Vegas or Clark county. It IS legal in some rural Nevada counties, but only in brothels.

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