On this subject I’m more libertarian than most. I think prostitution, as long as everyone involved is over 18, should be legal. Pimping, however, should carry an immediate and irrevocable death sentence.
Slavers should be drawn and quartered in the public square.
But I cried like a little girl when I met and heard the story of someone that was directly affected by the ongoing slave trade in the Muslim world and Africa.
I feel very strongly about slavery. Slavers must die.
Ah, this is stuff of news because the governments want to be the pimps. THis is what the Fluke issue was all about. If the tax payer pays the bill that allows her to be purchased for sex, it is ok, you see.
Pimps have not been eradicated because they are an order of magnitude less a threat to the prostitutes than the johns and the johns significant others are.
Perhaps you might spend some time working at a shelter or rescue mission. You don't really have even a vague clue about the issues here.
Prostitution needs to be illegal not to punish the prostitutes, but to get them help in changing their lives. Much like laws against suicide.
And we haven't even touched on the diseases and physical injuries that of necessity go hand and hand with the business.
Moral absolutes ping.
The trouble is few women get involved in prostitution without a pimp. While overseas I saw women being sold to bar owners. I ran across american girls who had been forced into prostitution and were too scared to even ask for help.
These girls can’t protect themselves and don’t exist without a pimp and a customer. BTW the worst pimps are usually women.
The problem is that the “product” in this industry is always someone’s body and bodily orifices. Not their skills, hard work, personality, etc. You can keep a pretty girl locked in a room, even drug her into a stupor, and johns will give you money for a few minutes with her. The girl is reduced to an orifice with less mental value than many farm animals or dogs. If you mistreat a working dog or horse, they wont be of much value to you. If you mistreat a cashier, their value will go down. But a prostitute will always have value as long as she's warm.
It is much different from nearly any industry where work ethic, skills, mental health and sobriety matter. Yes, there are high end prostitutes with special skills, acting, etc but there are more than enough johns who don't care about any of that.
I think it should only be allowed with very close oversight of the prostitutes to make sure they are not exploited. The free-for-all you see in some places in the world creates an open door for slavery.