posted on Oct, 8 2011 @ 11:26 PM
I am against legalization.
For two reasons. First, in places where it is illegal, it usually provides the setting for a lot of of other illegal activity, particularly hard-core
drug abuse and organized crime. Amsterdam is a prime example; New Orleans, where it's tolerated in the French Quarter, is another. Walk a few
blocks beyond the tourist zone after dark, and you take your life in your hands.
Second, prostitution would be one thing if the participants were like ATS members: educated, savvy, and with the kind of disposable income to afford
to be on the internet. But that's not who the prostitutes are. Even in Amsterdam, prostitutes tend to be recent immigrants (or 'guest workers!')
who aren't free to unionize or leave their work, without being repatriated. That gives their pimp or "employer" a huge coercive power over the
Look at the stats for drug abuse among prostitutes, even where it's legal. The drugs are one more leash the pimp uses to control the lives of the
girls, and make sure they can't really leave.
If every pro was like the ladies of ATS, they'd all be articulate, clear-thinking women capable of charting their own course in life. But most sex
workers aren't any of that. They are usually from broken homes, drug addicted, abused, and barely able to speak the language of their "host
What chance does one of those girls have, if a pimp beats her, rapes her, and takes 4/5 of her money at the end of a shift? Or makes her work "off
the books" for more than her nightly load. And if she complains to the police, she'll be shipped back to her home country, where her fate will be