I’ve always heard one of the arguments in Roe v. Wade was that a woman’s body is hers to do what she wants with. So why is prostitution illegal?
“Ive always heard one of the arguments in Roe v. Wade was that a womans body is hers to do what she wants with. So why is prostitution illegal?”
I love these kind questions that challenge simple logic.
Kinda like the laws that outlaw guns so only criminals can have them.
Because pressure groups and respectable mainstream opinion hasn’t brought judges around to declaring a right to it yet. I actually do believe in a right to prostitution, though localities can zone, license, and enforce health and safety as they do other businesses. There is your monopoly power over selling your services, your right to make a living, freedom of contract, the fact that you’re only doing what is without money changing hands perfectly legal. Unless it’s in public, but let’s focus on prostitution as such and not where it transpires.
Vices are not crimes. They lack the element of malum in se. The state has no business outlawing activities which only harms the person who chides to do it, if at all, or which is between consenting adults who come to do it voluntarily. No victim, no crime. Gambling, drugs, and sex are none of their damn business.