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    Apparently this month was International Whores Day, and sex workers gathered in Chicago and elsewhere to voice their concerns.

    Over the past few years I've seen increasing attention paid to the issue of prostitution in America. Would decriminalization of prostitution result in less problems or more? I've seen opposing arguments from knowledgeable people (including current and former sex workers) about the pros and cons of decriminalization, and I find myself undecided.

    Aside from prostitution as it is currently defined by the law, what about other kinds of sex work, like massage parlors? I hear that some parlors in America are de facto brothels, while in other parts of the world, what the letter of the law allows and what is actually enforced varies from place to place. Maybe it would be better to regulate such places as they do in Asia, where I hear more is legally allowed, but the limits are actually enforced.

    Thoughts?
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    I hate voicing an unpopular opinion but IMO the "grey area" in the US for sex services keeps the profits higher.

    In nations where prostitution is legal prices set are lower. & The average consumer feels no need to pay more when he can pay less.

    Given the nature of the occupation (that the peak earning years are short and the job is hard on the body) the workers are better served by being able to demand more compensation.
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    The reason why sex workers are able to earn a lot of money probably has more to do with supply and demand rather than legality. There are lots of men willing to pay money to have sex with an attractive women, but there aren't many attractive women who are willing to have sex with men for money. A lot of this probably has to do with sex workers being stigmatized, regardless of legality. Also, there are probably a lot of women who wouldn't want to have sex with someone they're not attracted to, regardless of how much they can earn. Making sex work completely legal probably wouldn't be enough to draw many more women into this field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnuffleUffleGrass View Post
    I hate voicing an unpopular opinion but IMO the "grey area" in the US for sex services keeps the profits higher.

    In nations where prostitution is legal prices set are lower. & The average consumer feels no need to pay more when he can pay less.

    Given the nature of the occupation (that the peak earning years are short and the job is hard on the body) the workers are better served by being able to demand more compensation.

    this is so true about rates being lower in legalized countries!!!! i worked in legalized brothels in australia and the rates there are so much lower down under than they are here in the us. but i think decriminalizing sw here in the us will be beneficial and can crack down human trafficking much more easier. there's a lot of stigma here in the us of being a sex worker than in countries where its either legal or decriminalized.

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    IDK.

    Depends on what legalization / decriminalization entails (my theories below)

    At the least, I don't think it should be criminalized UNLESS people knowingly causing harm to others (or themselves).

    I think those who work in the industry like the fact that, at current, they can stay anonymous and don't have to register/obtain licensure or whatever which protects their safety with regards to the stigma associated with working these types of careers - especially if they decide to move into more vanilla type careers in the future. If sex work careers like "prostitution" were legal there would STILL be a stigma attached so it would be a lose/lose like the government could track women who worked as "prostitutes" and this would permanently follow them when they try to obtain careers later down the road.

    Like I think if it were legal it would go like this:
    ......vanilla employer runs background check and sees Bubbles employed at Bunny Ranch and rejects her application therefore she will HAVE to be self-
    employed
    ......insurance/banks/housing runs credit check and sees Bubbles worked at Bunny Ranch and charges her 100X more for being "high risk" and so
    knowing how to stack her money without mainstream systems is imperative

    America is still very puritanical and their mindset is not ready for legalization yet hell they barely can accept legal weed (a drug that has never killed anyone) let alone legal sex for money.

    If it were de-criminalized the workers could not have their career prospects marred by 'prostitution' related arrests/charges

    So I guess I think it should at least be de-criminalized but remain illegal for now until American people can learn how to handle the truth......Unless I see more info that makes me consider otherwise.
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    All good points. I think there’s definitely pros and cons with both sides.

    I’m a dancer now and even though it’s legal I still have to fight for my rights. so it being legal doesn’t necessary guarantee safety or social acceptance.

    I forgot where I read this, but Shame is a far more effective way of controlling behavior than actual
    laws.

    Even if it was legal there’s no guarantee of being able to live openly and freely. It just means sex workers wouldn’t go to jail for it.

    I believe it would require a a paradigm shift to see sex workers (women) as human beings.

    I’ve tried being out, but I think in order to be out one needs to have adequate social support to cope otherwise it just ends up being social sucide. I’m not really one to care about fitting in, so it just gives me lots of time to read. Fine by me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ifyouseekamy View Post
    All good points. I think there’s definitely pros and cons with both sides.

    I’m a dancer now and even though it’s legal I still have to fight for my rights. so it being legal doesn’t necessary guarantee safety or social acceptance.

    I forgot where I read this, but Shame is a far more effective way of controlling behavior than actual
    laws.

    Even if it was legal there’s no guarantee of being able to live openly and freely. It just means sex workers wouldn’t go to jail for it.

    I believe it would require a a paradigm shift to see sex workers (women) as human beings.

    I’ve tried being out, but I think in order to be out one needs to have adequate social support to cope otherwise it just ends up being social sucide. I’m not really one to care about fitting in, so it just gives me lots of time to read. Fine by me.
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    A friend of a friend HATED me for being an escort. I would rub it in sometimes, like when I would go to the bank to deposit my cash and then sing about how I was going to gym or going to a nice dinner later. The girl who hated me was a massive casual sex fan (so bad she was nicknamed "The Town Pump" by angry jilted girlfriends.) In her mind she equated sex with power but for a woman to benefit from that financially was WRONG. She was a Trust fund brat who didn't know how to use a condom or put down her bottles of beer in a timely manner...…….. So the fuck with her......


    In my old age I know that us dominant women NEED women like her. We are the successful Yin to her loser Yang. In my lifetime I have succeeded at almost everything I put my mind to.....including the adult industry. If I have to break hearts to thrive in life, fine. Repo men, lawyers and bank agents have their place in society. Sex workers do too. We all keep civilized society going.


    Sex workers guard the secrets of sad men and serve the needs of other men. We entertain, we counsel. We matter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnuffleUffleGrass View Post
    True story from my life-


    A friend of a friend HATED me for being an escort. I would rub it in sometimes, like when I would go to the bank to deposit my cash and then sing about how I was going to gym or going to a nice dinner later. The girl who hated me was a massive casual sex fan (so bad she was nicknamed "The Town Pump" by angry jilted girlfriends.) In her mind she equated sex with power but for a woman to benefit from that financially was WRONG. She was a Trust fund brat who didn't know how to use a condom or put down her bottles of beer in a timely manner...…….. So the fuck with her......


    In my old age I know that us dominant women NEED women like her. We are the successful Yin to her loser Yang. In my lifetime I have succeeded at almost everything I put my mind to.....including the adult industry. If I have to break hearts to thrive in life, fine. Repo men, lawyers and bank agents have their place in society. Sex workers do too. We all keep civilized society going.


    Sex workers guard the secrets of sad men and serve the needs of other men. We entertain, we counsel. We matter!

    Well said. Well said.


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