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Prostitution: should it be legal or not?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Disgustipated, Feb 24, 2011.

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Should prostitution be legal in the U.S.?

  1. yes

    108 vote(s)
    84.4%
  2. no

    15 vote(s)
    11.7%
  3. I'm not sure

    5 vote(s)
    3.9%
  1. Shadylookin

    Shadylookin master debater

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    I don't see why it shouldn't be legal. Legal prostitution wouldn't be any more exploitive than any other soul sucking job and it pays better than most of them too. Not to mention it's so much more honest than dating:p
     
  2. Incodcito

    Incodcito King

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    It already is. What is pornography except a roundabout form of prostitution involving two prostitutes instead of one?
     
  3. mangxema

    mangxema I

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    Absolutely.
     
  4. Elta

    Elta 我不会把这种

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    It is? :confused::confused::confused::confused::confused:

    I guess I don't hangout on LVB enough to notice.

    I am convinced there is some exaggeration going on here though.
     
  5. Tani Coyote

    Tani Coyote Praise Huehuecoyotl

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    Let people do what they want.

    Besides, you can't control it, and making it illegal just runs these people into the arms of thugs and criminals. Prohibition fails yet again!

    By making it legal, we can extract tax revenue, and provide safety standards. Stopping the spread of STDs could enjoy quite a bit of success this way.
     
  6. Dachs

    Dachs Hero of the Soviet Union

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    Prostitution being illegal is logically inconsistent with other American laws. This does not mean it should be legal, I suppose.
     
  7. Disgustipated

    Disgustipated Deity

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    In response to a post above, yes it is very rampant in my city. Even I am amazed how prevalent it is. The good thing is you can avoid it and pretend it doesn't exist. :). If you avoid the strip or ignore the guys giving out cards and such, and avoid looking under the phone book under escorts, you can just pretend the problem doesn't exist at all. We have massage parlors, but not that many of them. The police tend to raid those. The police are more aggressive on low class prostitution such as massage parlors, and are very hard on street prostitution. But the escorts, and ones in the hotels generally get a free pass, but they do run the occasional sting to make it look like they care about shutting down the escorts.

    I think the real reason prostitution is illegal is women don't want their men cheating on them in a brothel. But I feel this unfairly punishes single guys who can't get laid. And yes despite what an earlier post insinuates, not every guy who can't get laid is pathetic or desperate. Many guys are just butt ugly, and then you have some people who have disabilities etc. Our brothels here in my state have ramps for the disabled and all that. It's inhumane to me not to allow prostitution.

    Someone brought up another point (also mentioned in the news article linked in the OP). People don't want those things in their neighborhood, and they don't want their kids seeing them. But that's only because they don't want to have to answer question to their kids about sex. All this requires is a simple zoning law to keep them out of residential neighborhoods. It's hardly a case to make prostitution illegal. In the case of these rural brothels, yes they can be in view in residential neighborhoods, they don't have an industrial area like big cities to put them in. But that's a minor problem for my state.

    Would I want one in my neighborhood? No, mainly because it would lower property values, and bring a lot of people into my neighborhood who don't belong. As I said, zoning laws is an easy fix to this.
     
  8. Truronian

    Truronian Quite unfamiliar Retired Moderator

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    What is the legend for that map?
     
  9. Leifmk

    Leifmk Deity

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    The map does not sufficiently differentiate between different types or degrees of illegality. For example, in Norway and Sweden, selling sexual services is not illegal, only buying them is. And the maximum penalty for getting caught here is (google) six months in jail, or a fairly steep fine.
     
  10. MeteorPunch

    MeteorPunch #WINNING

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    It should be legal. There's that other double standard that it's illegal...unless filmed and put on the internet.
     
  11. Tani Coyote

    Tani Coyote Praise Huehuecoyotl

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    I've noticed a lot of European countries do a half and half situation where it's fine to buy or sell something but on the opposite side of the coin it's illegal. Like, it's legal to do many drugs or carry them on you, but to actually traffick them is an offense.

    I can understand it's a neat compromise but... it's kind of dumb. :p
     
  12. SS-18 ICBM

    SS-18 ICBM Oscillator

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    Distinguishing between drug users and drug pushers is dumb?
     
  13. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    I was in Vegas in 2008 for my brother in law's bachelor party. It wasn't more than 5 minutes before the first cabbie of the first cab we got into asked us: "Are you guys good for girls?" and whipped out a giant catalogue of prostitutes we could "order"
     
  14. Elta

    Elta 我不会把这种

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    Who takes a cab in Vegas??????

    THIS THREAD IS MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!


    I guess you just don't notice it so much when you are from here.
     
  15. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    How else are you supposed to get around?.. if you're a tourist

    One thing about your cabbies though: some of them don't speak ANY english at all. Makes them really bad cabbies.. as in.. they take you to the totally wrong place
     
  16. Elta

    Elta 我不会把这种

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    Tourist in my Vegas?
     
  17. Formaldehyde

    Formaldehyde Both Fair And Balanced

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    Red - Hopelessly backward.
    Blue - Prostitution legal, but brothels and pimps are not.
    Green - Legal, at least to some degree.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution
     
  18. Sveon

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    It's called progression and requires an analytic process longer than one step. To clarify it for you: We'd rather prosecute criminals than victims.
     
  19. Disgustipated

    Disgustipated Deity

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    :lol: your post just strikes me as funny. I get this impression of a guy faking he can't speak English just to run up a large cab bill taking you to the wrong place. I think I've only taken a cab once in Las Vegas (to get home from the airport). Expensive they are.

    If you are here for more than a couple days it's best to rent a car. Sadly, we have no other decent way of getting around. Our bus system is okay, but the strip bus can be very crowded. The monorail isn't that bad, but it's located too far away from the strip imho, and doesn't go downtown, or to the airport limiting its effectiveness.
     
  20. Dawgphood001

    Dawgphood001 The Professional Poster

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    Any voluntary exchange of goods and/or services should be legal. Prohibition is never better than taxation and regulation.
     

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