The big hoopla today is all about NY Governor, Eliot Spitzer, and his alleged appetite for high priced call girls ~ aka prostitutes. Ironically, it was Spitzer himself while Attorney General who investigated similar activities several years ago which sent 18 people to prison for money laundering and corruption. Of course late night comedians are having the last laugh.
Why is prostitution illegal? What’s wrong with consenting adults exchanging money for sex? One may not morally agree with such a transaction – but who is it hurting? People prostitute themselves everyday in all sorts of ways… Wouldn’t things be more simple if pimps were pushed out of their paternal role and prostitution made legal? What if all prostitutes had to get mandatory health screens to avoid and prohibit the spread of STD’s?
Personally, I think prostitution should be legalized in this country. Prostitution is never going away, just like prohibition didn’t deter drinking decades earlier. People still consumed alcohol. Prohibition actually increased mortality rates. Why? Because people made “bathtub” booze which often contained lethal amounts of toxic substances and people died. No parameters were in place to protect the people. Their behavior did not change, they just went underground.
I think prostitution should be legalized. Illegalizing prostitution, like previous prohibition, has done more damage to people than save them. If prostitution were legal, parameters could be in place to help protect people who chose to participate in the oldest gig on the planet.