Why is prostitution illegal? It really is a victim-less crime. Oh, sure a case could be made that the wives of the male customers are the victims, but, without prostitutes, these men would find somebody else to cheat with. Actually by keeping prostitution illegal, the real victims become the prostitutes, themselves.
If you look at the countries that have legal prostitution, the women who ply this trade have less instances of violence, have less STDs and have less social stigma attached to what they do, which, in turn, gives them a better quality of life.
In countries where prostitution is illegal, sex trafficking is a real problem, STDs run rampant, prostitutes are not protected by the law, so there are more instances of violence perpetrated upon them. These women live in fear of being jailed, beaten or worse on a daily basis.
If your daughter chose to be a prostitute, which of these two lives would you prefer she lived?
There will always be a demand for sex, so there will always be a supply. Keeping prostitution illegal only serves to vilify women who choose to profit from their own sexuality, (and we all know how scary a woman’s sexuality is, just look at how many women are still getting female circumcisions forced upon them on a daily basis worldwide).
We have come a long way, baby, but the road ahead is just as long, if not longer.
I am sick and tired of hearing Christians asking, “What would Jesus do?”. I am an atheist (who has read the Bible) and I know what Jesus would do in most situations, more importantly I can tell you what Jesus wouldn’t do.
Jesus wouldn’t murder people in the name of God.
Jesus wouldn’t cheer a presidential candidate because he executed over 200 people.
Jesus wouldn’t ostracize and bully a young boy/girl until they took their own life because they were gay.
Jesus wouldn’t worry so much about keeping up with the Jones-es (or the Kardashians) that his family was starving or foreclosed on.
Jesus wouldn’t subject thousands of women to genital mutilation in the name of God.
Jesus wouldn’t use rape as a weapon of war.
Jesus wouldn’t declare war.
Jesus wouldn’t get involved in petty mud slinging and idle gossip.
Jesus wouldn’t worship at the altar of celebrity.
Jesus wouldn’t worry about the richest one percent of the population over the poorest among us.
Jesus wouldn’t vilify a woman for doing as she wished with her own body.
Jesus wouldn’t jail marijuana smokers longer than pedophiles. (Jesus wouldn’t jail marijuana smokers at all)
Jesus wouldn’t condemn a person with AIDS.
These are just a few of the things I am sure that Jesus wouldn’t do.
One thing I am sure Jesus WOULD do is tell his Christian followers to stop using his name when they do the things listed above.