Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) is proposing legislation to prosecute pimps and prostitutes who don't pay their taxes.
Under the proposed law, a pimp who does not file a W-2 for a sex worker in his employ faces up to 10 years in prison for each violation. Five hookers, fifty years. Presumably the law would also apply to self-employed or "independent" sex workers. No word if pimps who have more than 2 employees need to provide worker's comp or a dental plan.
What Grassley calls "sex trafficking" is "right under our noses in the United States, and it's a no-brainer to have the IRS go after sex traffickers," in his opinion.
I agree: it is a no-brainer. As in, "Grassley has no brain."
Decriminalization, which I support, would bring the sex trade into the daylight (so to speak), and would go further in protecting women from the violence and abuse some suffer as a result of the activity being underground.
When it's no longer a crime for a woman to engage in sex for money, then by all means tax her earnings, and provide all the requisite labor protections afforded to workers whose profession or trade is on the right side of the law.