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AlterNet: Opinion: Michelle Goldberg: Should Buying Sex Be Illegal?
This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger
Here's an example where radical-feminists to use Michelle Goldberg's label as well as Christian Conservatives as well as nanny statists on the Left and Right disagree with me as a Liberal. I'm in favor of legalizing prostitution and let me make that clear. I'm not in favor of prostitution, but I'm in favor of allowing for people to make these decisions for themselves. I have decided that prostitution is not for me as a job or as a customer. Millions of other Americans in and outside of Nevada have decided that prostitution is for them as a worker or customer and have never spent a day in jail for it. And that is really my point. Who should decide, the individual or government?
There are plenty of things that I would never do because of potential dangerous risks that come from them. And most of them are legal like owning and using firearms. Smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, bungee jumping, gambling, homosexual sex, hardcore porn. And hardcore porn not so much because of any danger factor, but I don't have much of a taste for it. Perhaps you need to be more lonely or lonely period to appreciate solid hardcore porn. But being that as it may there are plenty of dangerous activities that are actually legal in this country.
They are legal because we've decided that there there's a limit to what government can do to protect a country of three-hundred fifteen-million people. And that we need to limit those resources except for a few exceptions to doing the things that we need government to do. Like protecting us from predators foreign and domestic to use as an example. Not saying prostitution is a good thing, but like a lot of these other activities it would be safer if it is legal than illegal. Because government can regulate it to protect people from predators and the workers, employers and customers can pay taxes on it.
What happens when you legalize prostitution? Now government can step in to regulate it to make it as safe as possible. Because legal or illegal prostitution is not the oldest profession in the world for nothing. And it is only going to get older so you might as well legalize it. So only adults are involved and customers and workers are tested on a regular basis to prevent the spread of disease. And so taxes are paid on it which and people don't have to pay other people's taxes that they are not paying because they are involved in a illegal profession.