Sunday, June 18, 2006

Decriminalizing prostitution

I read this article on the Huffington Post about a police bust of prostitutes (or "sex workers") in New York by monitoring Craig's List.

It got me thinking about a book I read some time ago, called "Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do" by Peter McWilliams. The book's subtitle is "the absurdity of consensual crimes in a free society."

From what I understand, prostitution has been decriminalized in the U.K. and Commonwealth nations (like Canada). Decriminalization differs from legalization in that legalization implies some sort of government regulation, as exists in parts of Nevada. Decriminalization just means that there is no criminal penalty for it.

Decriminalization would be the way to go; government is intrusive enough. And besides: conservatives always say they are for smaller government.

Decriminalization would also be safer for the "service provider": if she is attacked, she can call the cops without fear of incriminating herself.

Do we really need to fill up the jails with people who provide (and seek) pleasure from one another? Surely there are more deserving potential inmates.


ChrisWoznitza said...

Hi ich bin Chriswab aus Bottrop. Viele GrĂ¼sse !!

Greg said...

Well, hello Chris from Bottrop, Germany. Many greetings to you, too.

divageek said...

Scheint mir, dass Blogger fest in deutscher Hand ist. . .