Ceaseless Victim Narrative Suggests Legalization of Prostitution Only Rational Choice

by W.F. Price on June 22, 2012

Over the years, the prostitution issue has transformed from one of public vice to a subset of the victimized women trope. As with so many other issues concerning women, prostitutes are no longer considered responsible in any way for what they do, but rather blameless, guiltless victims of bad men. For all their talk about how empowered and equal women are, feminists have an irresistible urge to deny that women have any agency at all when they are involved in anything that might cast the weaker sex in an other than flattering light.

Given that this will never, ever change, there’s really only one way we can effectively prevent feminists from using police to bully men on yet another issue: legalize prostitution.

Of course, not all men visit prostitutes. Most don’t. But that doesn’t mean that any of us will be free from suspicion as potential sex criminals if we happen to speak with an adult woman in public, visit a health center for a perfectly legal, non-sexual massage, or even spend time in public with an adult daughter. All interaction between adult men and women in public will inevitably be seen as a potential victimization waiting to happen (as it is now with adult men and children), and if given the power and mandate cops will act on it. You don’t think it’s possible? Well, that’s how it is in Saudi Arabia, and feminists are pushing us right in that direction.

A feminist article in the Seattle PI shows us how we are getting there:

For Taylor and the two other detectives assigned to the King County sheriff’s Street Crimes Unit, such encounters are a nightly ritual as they patrol Highway 99 — also known as International Boulevard and Pacific Highway South, depending on location — from Tukwila to Federal Way. They look for girls and women walking “the track,” but their real prey are the pimps who use seduction and violence to turn teens and young women into prostitutes, as well as the men who pay for sex in a section of South King County that has a seemingly endless supply of customers.

While many cops would rather not take their work home at the end of a shift, Taylor, Detective Joel Banks and Deputy Andy Conner have turned their jobs of busting pimps and johns into a passionate crusade to save victims of the sex trade.

First, most hookers don’t have pimps. The ones who do usually have them by choice. Additionally, cops are as likely to take on the job of pimp as anyone else.

A study of Chicago prostitutes commissioned by “Freakonomics” author Steven Levitt (professor of economics at the University of Chicago) found that hookers had free sex with cops on a regular basis:

Street prostitutes reported that about 3 percent of the sex acts they performed were “freebies” given to Chicago police officers to avoid arrest, according to a draft report of the study, which was presented to a packed session last weekend at an annual national economics conference in New Orleans.

Given this well-known phenomenon, it calls into question the motives of the King County sheriffs who work so intimately with hookers. If you really want to make a pimp’s job easy, give him a gun and a badge…

I don’t think any reasonable people want the state to take over the sex industry, because there are obvious problems with that kind of enterprise. But the only way to prevent this is to make it unlawful for police to arrest consenting adults who choose to make sex a financial transaction.

If we let the feminists have their way and succeed in criminalizing only clients, the result will be a sex industry that is fully in the hands of law enforcement. Gives a new meaning to the title “public servant.” The potential for abuse of power is obvious, and something we should rightly fear.

To prevent this, we should decriminalize prostitution, make it a licensed business, and collect tax revenue from those who freely choose to engage in the profession. Choose is the key word here. If prostitution is legal business, those who work in it will not be criminals, and will be subject to the same laws and regulations as anyone else if they want to keep their business. Nor will they be victims who need “saving” any more than men who choose to work as, say, roofers.

Let’s give prostitutes a chance to break free from the “cycle of victimization” — by enfranchising them. If they need security, they can pool with other prostitutes and hire a security guard/bouncer, who works for them. They can hire an accountant to do their books. A marketing agent to attract clients. And so on and so forth. No more pimps, no more cops, and no more pimp cops. Best of all, no more “victims.”

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