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  #1  
July 3rd, 2006, 01:00 PM
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First of all. Ew. I think prostitution is absolutely gross. But should it be illegal? Why exactly is it illegal? I think a good reason to keep it illegal is because it can spread STD's like CRAZY (aids=big problem)!!!

But...other than that...what is wrong with it? It IS consentual sex. Perhaps it could keep the sexual crime rate down if men/women were allowed to have sex when they felt the need instead of bottling everything up inside to the point where they commit a crime such as rape/molestation.

What do you all think?
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July 3rd, 2006, 01:07 PM
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I don't think a lot of rape, molestations, etc. are just about sex. I don't think it should be legal.
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July 3rd, 2006, 01:09 PM
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I don't think a lot of rape, molestations, etc. are just about sex. I don't think it should be legal.[/b]
True, it's mostly about control. Why do you think it should be illegal?
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July 3rd, 2006, 01:10 PM
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I think it should be legal. I think it should be controlled though. It would be legal through escort services/brothels. I dont think standing on a street corner and doing it should be legal. I think the women/men should have to have drug and std/hiv tests.

I dont see a problem with prostitution. Its consentual sex. I also dont see whats that gross about it really.
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July 3rd, 2006, 01:11 PM
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I think it should be legalized. Don't get me wrong, I am morally opposed to the idea of anyone selling their body for sex, but the fact is it always has and always will be around. At least if it is legalized it will be safer-mandatory use of condoms and monthly STD testing could be put into place. Also, it would get pimps off the street-a lot of girls are trapped into selling their bodies out of fear of their pimps. It's a bit of a double standard too that pornography is legal and prostitution is not-it's the same thing, someone is getting paid for performing a sexual act, but porn is legal because it is videotaped and mass-produced for public consumption ??

ETA-Most sex crimes are NOT about sex, they are about power
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July 3rd, 2006, 01:14 PM
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I think it should be legalized. Don't get me wrong, I am morally opposed to the idea of anyone selling their body for sex, but the fact is it always has and always will be around. At least if it is legalized it will be safer-mandatory use of condoms and monthly STD testing could be put into place. Also, it would get pimps off the street-a lot of girls are trapped into selling their bodies out of fear of their pimps. It's a bit of a double standard too that pornography is legal and prostitution is not-it's the same thing, someone is getting paid for performing a sexual act, but porn is legal because it is videotaped and mass-produced for public consumption ??

ETA-Most sex crimes are NOT about sex, they are about power.[/b]
Good point. Porn that has 2 ppl having sex...they are still getting paid, just not by each other, by the company or whoever is making the video/pictures... So...they are still getting paid to have sex...but that isn't illegal...why?
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July 3rd, 2006, 01:15 PM
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These ideas are good in theory. I don't think it would happen that way though. Unless they have someone in the room monitoring them, how can they make sure they use condoms? I think there would still be the ones on the street corners, even if it were legalized. I think it should be illegal because it's nasty. It's a great way for diseases to be spread. It's just plain nasty.
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July 3rd, 2006, 01:18 PM
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It wont stop people on the street corners but that is upto the police to enforce stricter prostitution laws.
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July 3rd, 2006, 01:20 PM
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These ideas are good in theory. I don't think it would happen that way though. Unless they have someone in the room monitoring them, how can they make sure they use condoms? I think there would still be the ones on the street corners, even if it were legalized. I think it should be illegal because it's nasty. It's a great way for diseases to be spread. It's just plain nasty. [/b]
Yep, it's nasty, but so is going home with some stranger you meet in a bar and having a one night stand-you can't make something illegal just because it's distasteful. Unprotected sex causes diseases whether it's for money or not. And I don't think there would be that many women on street corners if there were safe and legal places for them to do their "business"...sure thay can't necessarily enforce anything but I think we would see a huge drop in infection rate. Usually the only reason girls go without protection is that the guys pay more money for that-if the money is being controlled by a 3rd party that wouldn't be an option.
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July 3rd, 2006, 01:38 PM
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It is legal like 2 hours away from where I live. They have stringent policies and STD testing every week. I see no problems with it and I think it's no big deal. Everyone has to earn a living no matter how immoral we think it is.
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July 3rd, 2006, 02:41 PM
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So, would you ladies be ok with your daughter getting a job as a prostitute?
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July 3rd, 2006, 02:52 PM
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I don't want to turn this into a religious debate but it is in the bible as one of the oldest professions. I just don't really see what the big deal is, people are going to do it regardless of whether it is illegal or legal. If it becomes legalized, at least it might be able to be controlled.
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July 3rd, 2006, 02:59 PM
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I found this link to be pretty interesting.

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July 3rd, 2006, 03:01 PM
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So, would you ladies be ok with your daughter getting a job as a prostitute?[/b]
No of course not...I wouldn't be ok with her being a porn star or a stripper either and those are legal "professions", that's not the point of the debate!
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July 3rd, 2006, 03:01 PM
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It is legal like 2 hours away from where I live. They have stringent policies and STD testing every week. I see no problems with it and I think it's no big deal. Everyone has to earn a living no matter how immoral we think it is.[/b]
Yep, here in NV there are legal brothels. The girls are licenced (health cards, sherrif's cards, etc) and the brothels are regulated by the state. Not only must they undergo regular STD testing and health exams, but their income is also taxed.

I would much rather it be legalized and regulated, it is always going to exist. Prostitution is not the main cause of STDs or HIV, and Joe Public that hangs out at church can have any number of STDs. It is two consenting adults, it should just be considered another form of the adult entertainment industry. I am morally opposed to prostitution, but it exists and therefore we should take every measure to make sure these girls and their customers are safe, as well as taxing their income.

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So, would you ladies be ok with your daughter getting a job as a prostitute?[/b]
No. I have nothing against strippers either, but I don't want my daughter to become one (or a democrat! ).
I would not oppose marijuana being legalized either, for the simple fact that it should be regulated and taxed, that doesn't mean I want my children growing up to be pot heads. My children, will thankfully, have the oppurtunity for fulfilling options in their future including private schools and college so I don't see why there would ever be a need for them to turn to such a lifestyle. However, there are those that have no other options and at least for them there should be some protection in their "last resort" lifestyle...IMHO.
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July 3rd, 2006, 03:16 PM
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I'm really surprised up to this point no one has mentioned john's... Prostitution is about a sex obession. It's control and exploitation. I really take except that prostitutes are consenting adults.. there are also too many non-adults involved. The profession is about day to day survival not a way to make money.

<div class=\'quotetop\'>QUOTE(Northcutt2Be @ Jul 3 2006, 03:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div><div class=\'quotemain\'>I found this link to be pretty interesting.
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This is a great website:
One hundred and thirty people working as prostitutes in San Francisco were interviewed regarding the extent of violence in their lives and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Fifty-seven percent reported that they had been sexually assaulted as children and 49% reported that they had been physically assaulted as children.
As adults in prostitution, 82% had been physically assaulted; 83% had been threatened with a weapon; 68% had been raped while working as prostitutes; and 84% reported current or past homelessness.


These people who sell their bodies are totally mentally broken.. It's heartbreaking.
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July 3rd, 2006, 03:29 PM
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I'm really surprised up to this point no one has mentioned john's... Prostitution is about a sex obession. It's control and exploitation. I really take except that prostitutes are consenting adults.. there are also too many non-adults involved. The profession is about day to day survival not a way to make money.

<div class=\'quotetop\'>QUOTE(Northcutt2Be @ Jul 3 2006, 03:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
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I found this link to be pretty interesting.
Prostitution
Amanda[/b][/quote]

This is a great website:
One hundred and thirty people working as prostitutes in San Francisco were interviewed regarding the extent of violence in their lives and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Fifty-seven percent reported that they had been sexually assaulted as children and 49% reported that they had been physically assaulted as children.
As adults in prostitution, 82% had been physically assaulted; 83% had been threatened with a weapon; 68% had been raped while working as prostitutes; and 84% reported current or past homelessness.


These people who sell their bodies are totally mentally broken.. It's heartbreaking.
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ITA, and I think that we are doing no good by sitting here and bashing them and calling them disgusting. The act itself is appalling, but as a woman I am more outraged by the exploitation of other women...that being said the only way I can see curtailing the problem and making it safer is legalizing it, and making sure there are programs out there and readily available (like Children of the Night) for women who want to leave this lifestyle.
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July 3rd, 2006, 03:29 PM
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"A whole new group of clients find pregnancy a sexual turn-on and demand breast milk in their sexual encounters with pregnant women."

I found that part of the article very disturbing personally. I can't even imagine making it legal for a pregnant person to be a prostitute. Not only is she putting herself at risk for STD's but her child has well.
I personally am against legalizing prostitution. IMO it's like saying "Well people are going to do drugs so let's just make it legal". I mean after all people are choosing to do drugs so why not just make it legal right? (Rhetorical question)
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July 3rd, 2006, 03:32 PM
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"A whole new group of clients find pregnancy a sexual turn-on and demand breast milk in their sexual encounters with pregnant women."

I found that part of the article very disturbing personally. I can't even imagine making it legal for a pregnant person to be a prostitute. Not only is she putting herself at risk for STD's but her child has well.
I personally am against legalizing prostitution. IMO it's like saying "Well people are going to do drugs so let's just make it legal". I mean after all people are choosing to do drugs so why not just make it legal right? (Rhetorical question)
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ITA. Heck, a lot of things are illegal and they are illegal for a reason! Leave them illegal!
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July 3rd, 2006, 03:35 PM
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"A whole new group of clients find pregnancy a sexual turn-on and demand breast milk in their sexual encounters with pregnant women."

I found that part of the article very disturbing personally. I can't even imagine making it legal for a pregnant person to be a prostitute. Not only is she putting herself at risk for STD's but her child has well.
I personally am against legalizing prostitution. IMO it's like saying "Well people are going to do drugs so let's just make it legal". I mean after all people are choosing to do drugs so why not just make it legal right? (Rhetorical question)
Amanda[/b]
There is also porn that features pregnant and lactating women ...yes it's gross, and certainly that is a horrible thing to do to your unborn child, but that's besides the point. For the sake of the innocent baby involved I would rather it be regulated because it decreaces the risk-Condoms can be required, the woman wouldn't have to worry about being injured or killed by the John, etc. I think the problem in this debate is people look at from a moral rather than a logical veiwpoint and think that by making it legal, we are saying it's an acceptable thing to do. I think it's just accepting reality and taking steps to make the world a little safer. The stigma of selling your body will still be there, law or no law.
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