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There's a reason why prostitution is called the oldest profession -- it is never going to go away. It would be much better for the prostitutes, mostly women, if it were to made legal and well regulated.
Decrimanalize it ! If your really worried about us Women . Make it safe and out in the open . this would help in our safety and weed out the trafficked victims.
Thank god for swop.
I know a lot of people think all of us are pimped, coerced, on drugs, mentally ill and we have no other choice but that is not the truth. I love what I do. I am putting my kids through college and supporting myself and my Dad with Alzheimer's . I know plenty of other Providers would agree and I am the majority.
The first commodity and probably the last.
Get the real Criminals!!!!!
This is so ass backwards.
I have read studies as I have been in the industry for many years and I am not a victim. I agree , get the traffickers and I'm sure I'm not the only sex worker who agrees.
The fact that a entire site that made our world safer is gone should worry you.
Now let's see how many victims there are . this is forcing us on the streets and unable to screen clients . therefore rape and robbery is a higher risk. So , you can convince yourself that those 12 victims have stopped the issue but your sadly mistaken.
I am just as glad they saved "victims" but now they have created more.
Leave the site up and close the brothels.
As a matter of fact I personally did report a trafficked teenager and I am not the first in this community to do so.
Walk in my shoes before you try and correct us commenters who actually have to deal with unsafe conditions.
Stigma is always an issue.
If you did look up the recent stings across the country you would find 100" s of Women arrested who are NOT trafficked and maybe 7 trafficked and yes that's great , save the victims but leave us trying to pay are rent alone.
Whyis something I can give away for free illegal tosrll in the first place ??
Frustrated , Mature, non trafficked, happy, non drug addicted, raised middle classed, happy hooker. Leave us alone and get the real Criminals !!!!
And jaywalkers. Until jaywalking is legalized, you should have no problem if the police target you and arrest you for jaywalking.
Anyone who thinks "illegal" is a synonym for "immoral," as Satterburg clearly does, is not to be trusted.
The criminals gain control of their victims by protecting them from our government. Without that protection the victims would be locked in prison and eventually deported.
That's what trafficking is. It literally has nothing to do with prostitution. Nothing.
Anyone that claims punishing sex workers helps prevent trafficking is full of shit. They're trying to mask their hatred of sex workers with false altruism.
Of course legalization doesn't prevent trafficking, since most trafficking is already happening in legal industries. The only fix is fixing our immigration system.
That would make anyone who works in order to pay their bills an exploited victim. A wage slave.
Which is exactly how I see it, what with my being socialist and all, but I don't think that is what the anti sex work bigot was going for.
And how long does a t-visa last? Does it allow them to work? Qualify for benefits? Do they get deported if they get a misdemeanor or infraction? Are the police providing them with food and shelter? Job training?
While I'm sure there are sex workers who choose freely to be in the business, denying the existence of sex trafficking victims and dismissing them will hurt your cause.
There is still at least one other locally used review board just like TRB. All other arguments aside, why is it suddenly so unsafe for the consensual prostitutes just because TRB has shut down while the authorities investigate slavery? Go use TNA or maybe there's even other boards out there as well. I'd be surprised if all the consensual prostitutes don't already have accounts/avatars on those other boards already. And if not, well, go set them up and get back to work!
I also second what gueralinda said: "the position taken by most here, that police should not shut down sites that offer trafficked women for rent because it makes it harder for voluntary prostitutes to work and harder for Johns to access illegal sex, is just a form of selfish apathy."
Also, I believe that consensual prostitution should be legalized and regulated. Like pot. I don't use any of those things but think it's dumb that victimless stuff is illegal (although an argument can be made that when monogamously married/partnered people hire prostitutes, it's no longer victimless).
What your seeing here is an organized group of:
* tricks/johns/hobbyists and
* misguided sex workers
leaving they're opinions based on greed.
Ask yourself "Why do they want prostitution legalized"?
Then look at why we cannot legalize prostitution.
Let’s examine what prostitution is.
Prostitution is the business of predators making large sums of money by using manipulation and coercion on vulnerable women, often young girls, to have sex with strangers. The girls are verbally, physically and mentally abused by the predator.
Prostitution is an industry built on predatory actions.
Legalization will not stop predators from finding girls.
Now let’s take a close look at what legalization would mean for the street level pimps, to managers of brothels, adult review board websites, dance clubs, the pornography industry...
The tragedy is that legalization of prostitution will make it easier for the predator to get richer off the girls while avoiding prosecution.
Sadly, the girls will continue to suffer.
The better approach.
Continue arresting the predators and johns while providing exit services for the women who want to leave the life.
Studies show that the girls want help getting out of the life that they helplessly fell into.
No to legalizing prostitution.
Prostitution - One of the oldest forms of slavery in the world.