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Re: “Redefining Sex Work

I agree that in order to stop sex trafficking and abuse legalizing sex work is a necessarily step that includes requiring all workers to be licensed. I think they have something similar in Las Vegas, but the model I would implement would be comprehensive and require rigorous enforcement on all levels. To receive your license you have to meet certain requirements like a physical examination ( non- exclusionary, but needed for transparency in regards to STI's), proof of age ( 18 and older), and successful completion of a sex worker education course ( which would teach safe sex practices as well as other information necessary for the safety of customers and workers). However, to say that legalization is going to stop the sexual exploitation of children would be fallacious. Legalization needs to be coupled with laws like the one proposed by proposition 35 to protect children from exploitation, and save others financial standing. We must analyze this proposition according to the cost and benefits it may provide. The proposition is advocating that the definition of sex trafficking be expanded, and the punishments imposed made harsher. The problems in the status quo that this policy wishes to remedy is sex trafficking and exploitation, which we are not able to solve because there are loop holes in our laws that violators take advantage of. In order to solve the problem above we need to close loopholes, and make it less desirable for people to commit theses crimes. The plan would be to expand certain definitions to reduce loop holes, and make the punishments harsher to serve as a deterrent. It is proven that harsh punishments deter crime, furthermore the offenders that manipulate definitions to avoid punishment would not be able to do so any more and would be put in jail. if these offenders area off the streets the people they exploit are free from their abuse. This achieves solvency for the problem of sex trafficking.

Opposing arguments are that this law has the potential to harm sex workers that, although they are breaking the law in all states other than nevada by soliciting sex, are not being forced to do so against their will. The problems that they state the proposition will cause would be wrongfully registering sex workers as sex offenders and longer sentences. The broad definitions in this law could make it possible for a consensual act of sexual solicitation to be manipulated into sex trafficking. The disadvantages are the further criminalization of sex workers.

If we look at the benefits of proposition 35 we have,
1. Prosecution of sex offenders
2. Reduction in the number of exploited children
3. Reduction in the number of exploited adults
4. Less offenders because of harsh punishment
5. Gaining the ability to track offender via sex registry

The Cost
1. Exaggeration of criminal offenses
2. Unwarranted registration as sex offender
3. Further criminalization of sex workers
4. Economic losses

My Judgement based on the above analysis is that since prostitution is currently illegal( and smoking joints) any consensual agreement made by educated adults to break the law, is made with the consequences in mind. What should be advocated is making prostitution or whatever you want to call it legal. As a former sex worker who went from being forced into sex work to independently pursuing sex work because I was broke. I would gladly put my financial gain aside it would prevent one child from being forced into sex work and experiencing that psychological trauma. I look back upon my experience and I realize that after I was forced into sex work there was no point to objecting to it as a source of income. So although yes I have posted on red tube as an escort with out being coerced , and sometimes the sex is enjoyable, If I hadn't been forced to do it initially it would never have been an option for me. So of the women who currently have taken this path how many do it for pure pleasure, and how many as a result of some psychological trauma, and of those with trauma how many would have chosen that path minus the trauma. I am all for sexual empowerment and I believe people should have the freedom to do what they want as long as it doesnt harm other people, unfortunately people are being harmed and ultimately the cost of this proposition can be remedied by making the choice not to break the law or go where sex works is legal. Keep in mind that most people who break the law have a good reason.

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Posted by Lady Informed on 10/26/2012 at 9:31 PM

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