I debated as to whether to seed this article as world news or even entertainment since it involves a profession that would fit any of these headings. LOL This article is interesting because it generally takes a very non biased approach to the topic of prostitution. It also discusses it relative to not only the United States but other nations as well where attitudes about it vary greatly.
We live in a free nation where we are supposed to be able to conduct our lives in a very unfettered way but that is basically a pipe dream in many respects. When it come to the vices we are one of the most over regulated nations in the world second only to perhaps the Islamic nations where if you screw up you get bashed in the head with a brick or worse yet lose your head altogether.
There are many vices ranging from alcohol and drug use to gambling and of course prostitution. The one aspect of all of these that is common is that when these activities are made illegal it creates an increased demand, an unregulated and uncontrolled supply, and generates a host of criminal activity that did not exist prior to the activity being made illegal. Said criminal activity is not restricted to the suppliers and perpetrators either because the clients of those suppliers often commit crimes themselves in an effort to pay for their access to the vice in question.
In nations that take a more tolerant and realistic attitude in these matter it has proved to be much more controllable and there is much less crime associated with these activities. Also the economies of these nations benefit because the participants are regarded like any other worker and they pay taxes just like everyone else and also work in safer less stressful environments. In short it is better for all concerned.
Now there are a ton of arguments and much discussion about the pros and cons of legalizing and controlling vice but from purely a economic position it makes no sense to continue funding criminal prosecutions and incarcerations of those who willingly participate in such activities. It also makes no sense to foster the ongoing environment of crime and violence associated with the illegal suppliers of said vices.
The premise of this article is to point out how the internet has allowed those who are actively earning their living in prostitution to actually prosper to some extent by generating more business and even making the activity a bit safer by prescreening clients. Even thought the hourly cost has gone down the volume of clients is generally increased thus increasing the gross incomes of the participants.
In a difficult economy people tend to do what they have to in order to survive and prosper. So voluntarily going into prostitution is not that unusual. As the article says not everyone in the business was coerced or kidnapped and force into the business. The fact that it is illegal has permitted that horrible side effect to flourish because the potential for profit makes such crimes worth the risk.
I lost my virginity over fifty years ago to a 19 year old prostitute who was paying for her college education by turning tricks so this is certainly nothing new. That is why it is called the oldest profession in the world. Today we have middle class teens who turn tricks in mall parking lots for extra cash to buy nice things that their parents won't buy for them. So as the article says not all are forced into the business.
Of all of the vices sex is probably the one that is the most understandable. Getting high or drunk and gambling certainly are not anywhere close to being biological functions but sex is. We are hard wired to seek out sexual encounters from puberty until death. So to make something as common as eating or breathing illegal is preposterous and totally naïve to say the least.
This will undoubtedly stimulate the long winded hysterical arguments for and against it here on the vine. LOL But if you read the article and take its content in the unbiased way it is presented it is much easier to come to the conclusion that illegality is a failed approach and we would be much better off socially if we were perhaps more like our neighbors in Canada or the folks in Germany and Holland.