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Old 06-24-2008, 09:59 AM
 
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And, I'm sure a candid interview of any college population would reveal far more "experimentation" then escort services.
I would applaud students if they had the gumption to run an escort service while attending school. Most of the time all they do is party & sleep late.
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Old 06-24-2008, 11:08 AM
 
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I know that most will disagree with me, but people are going to have sex. Stopping one call girl won't even make a dent on prostitution around the world. As they say, "It is the oldest profession". We will never be able to put an end to it.

Although I have never been provided the services of one of these ladies, I think that it would be wise to make it a legal profession. As a legalized profession, prostitutes would require regular health checks and pay income tax. They would provide services to individuals that are physically limited and unable to find that sort of recreational exercise elsewhere. They can also take care of the needs of guys that are not likely to find a willing participant, and thus possibly elliminating a sex crime. Additionally, these legalized prostitutes would not require the pimp as a middleman which would elliminate the drug and underage factors. I see lots of good in legalizing the business.

I know that lots of religious people will think that my idea is horrible, but as I said, prostitution will always be around and praying will not put an end to it. Why not make it safer and taxable? By the way, I am very conservative, just realistic.

When I run for mayor, I will introduce the topic.
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:28 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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One of my "causes" in life is public health . . . so my concerns are mainly to do w/ spreading STDs and protecting our young people by arming them w/ knowledge . . . and helping them understand how to make good choices.

I would be devastated to find out anyone I cared about was working for an escort service, but my main concern would be their safety, both w/ diseases and w/ physical violence.

I think that is what Sunny was saying, as well. Yes, you can impart morals and values to your kids . . . but in the end . . . pay attention to what is going on in their lives, as sexually transmitted diseases are out there - and some are killers, such as AIDs.

I would hope only a very small % of society would ever turn to earning money thru/ escort services or prostitution . . . but kids in college might be susceptible to the "lure" of the pay . . . w/o thinking about the longterm consequences that contracting an STD could have. I believe that was Sunny's point - not whether or not prostitution should be legalized.

Now the whole topic of legalization of prostitution - that is a fascinating subject. For a society that abhors payment in exchange for sexual favors, there sure must be millions of people out there who use prostitutes - yet no one ever admits it, Hee Hee.
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Back in the Mitten. Formerly NC
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A lot of "escorts" also put postings on craigslist. I would (if I were a parent of a person close to my age) be more worried about that. I think that is more typical for someone who just needs money quickly and will only be an escort for a very short period of time. I am not sure how successful they are, I just have heard about them and had to look. Just as I had to search as Sunny mentioned above.

However, I would be more worried about general promiscuity (again, speaking as if I had a child around my own age- I am 25). A person I work with (and I teach, so you'd think I'd work with responsible people- or at least more responsible than average) has slept with 13 different men since the beginning of this year alone. After her 2nd STD scare in about 6 months, she admitted that number. That is inconceivable to me, but I have always been more mature than my peers.
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:17 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Jay - promiscuity is the big concern - totally agree. STDs are scary. We did not even mention HPV . . . or Herpes . . . or syphilis . . . AIDs is so frightening but there are other STDs that can cause longterm consequences . . . and can also remain dormant for many years.

I am not into judging anyone's behavior but I do believe in educating and encouraging people (of all ages) to not engage in high risk behavior and always protect themselves. That is really all a parent (or even a community educator) can do. Abstinence education may be what some parents prefer and that is fine . . . but as several other posters mentioned . . . people are going to engage in sexual activities so the best we can do is make sure they know what they are dealing with . . . and don't put their health at risk. Education is at the core of any public health issue.
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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1 out of 4 Americans has one of the two herpes viruses. It is even more in teenagers. The rate of herpes is actually highest in teens who have pledged abstinence because they look at oral sex as a type of loophole. If someone has ever had a cold sore, they have either HSV 1 or 2 and can pass that along to you. Many people carry the viruses too but are asymptomatic. Also, it is caused by skin to skin contact, so condoms do not always prevent transmission.
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:24 PM
 
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1 out of 4 Americans has one of the two herpes viruses. It is even more in teenagers. The rate of herpes is actually highest in teens who have pledged abstinence because they look at oral sex as a type of loophole. If someone has ever had a cold sore, they have either HSV 1 or 2 and can pass that along to you. Many people carry the viruses too but are asymptomatic. Also, it is caused by skin to skin contact, so condoms do not always prevent transmission.
I don't know if anyone noticed it or not (cause I am probably older than everyone else, LOL!!!) but we used to all be so concerned about Herpes, but then AIDs came along . . . and Herpes was hardly mentioned again. Sadly, this has meant kids have been passing it around w/o really understanding what they have gotten themselves into (literally). Herpes is the gift that keeps on giving . . . and we should be educating our teens about transmission, prevention, treatment . . . and mostly - promiscuity as a risk factor. Just my opinion, but as you say - Groove - the stats are shocking.
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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Herpes also increases your risk of being infected with HIV due to the open sores.
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:46 PM
 
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I don't know if anyone noticed it or not (cause I am probably older than everyone else, LOL!!!) but we used to all be so concerned about Herpes, but then AIDs came along . . . and Herpes was hardly mentioned again. Sadly, this has meant kids have been passing it around w/o really understanding what they have gotten themselves into (literally). Herpes is the gift that keeps on giving . . . and we should be educating our teens about transmission, prevention, treatment . . . and mostly - promiscuity as a risk factor. Just my opinion, but as you say - Groove - the stats are shocking.
Surprisingly, the leading group for getting AIDs today are senior citizens. They assume that all sex is safe and they are getting the disease at an alarming rate. eueueueueue!
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Old 06-25-2008, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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Surprisingly, the leading group for getting AIDs today are senior citizens. They assume that all sex is safe and they are getting the disease at an alarming rate. eueueueueue!
Darn VIAGRA!
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