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|5 years ago :: Jun 15, 2011 - 7:13PM #1|
Up here in Canada, the laws used against prostitution have been struck down, and the Crown appeal is before the Supreme Court as we speak. The laws against living off the avails of prostitution, solicitation, and operating a common bawdy house are currently stricken. The act of prostitution itself has not been a crime in Canada in my lifetime. The judge is asking the Crown its purpose behind wanting the laws back. The net effect of the laws is to make it harder for sex trade professionals to practice any other way than as the low pay/high risk/neighbourhood nuisance street prostitution.
What is at stake for the workers is this; the safest and healthiest avenues to ply their trade are threatened by these laws, but the most dangerous, least rewarding street prostitution is as unassailable as entropy and taxation. We are left to wonder what the Crowns goals are. Even under the inquisition, prostitution has never been eliminated. There are many nations that have legalized it and have used that step to remove organized crime from the mix; ensuring the workers are not abused, not coerced, not spreading disease, and most especially not underage.
Here in Vancouver we had one Nithling whose name I will not speak who racked up 49 kills against the street prostitutes that form the ready supply of women a predator can freely hunt among, safe and secure in the knowledge that society already pretends they don't exist, and little to nothing will be done to follow up on their disappearance. On the Highway of Tears connecting Prince George and Prince Rupert (two remote BC towns) another 14 women are missing. This is what we gain by forcing prostitution underground, a hunting ground for monsters who stalk and kill women of our folk. We gain wives infected by husbands who bring disease back to the marriage bed from the prostitutes they secretly indulge in. We gain daughters kidnapped and force-addicted before being sold onto the streets. We gain the right to look down our noses at women selling the sex that clearly men are always willing to pay for.
I realize that Christian hypocrisy fits this model perfectly; blame the women selling for the desires of the men buying fits the Abrahamatic model perfectly. As Heathens, we accept responsibility for our choices. We do not have a model of morality that requires us to pretend that the world is perfect. Do we think that these antiquated laws still serve a purpose in our society? Do we want the laws intact, prostitution forced underground to enrich organized crime, endanger the women, and empower the monsters among us? Do we think it is time to legalize and regulate the sex trade as we do liquor, tobacco, movies, and any other form of adult oriented entertainment or enterprise in which the state admits a need to control access to and participation in?
Nobody wants prostitution, but given a choice between healthy well paid courtesans and pimp owned underage drug addicted abused street whores, I know which I prefer to share my community. Heathen morality is individual by nature, what are your takes on this issue? I wish the laws struck down, replaced with legalized regulated prostitution.
John T Mainer