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Old 02-19-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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In my state (WA) we've had a somewhat similar sin-law regarding alcohol sales. Until just this year, hard liquor (whiskey, vodka, etc) could be sold only in state-run liquor stores. Most people thought it was a dumb system, but it persisted because there were just enough allied interests, primarily liquor store employees, their union (and other unions in solidarity with them) and beer/wine sellers who didn't want more competition.

Costco head Jim Sinegal, finally decided enough was enough, and he wasn't going to quit until he got the dumb system overturned. A local columnist described it as Sinegal's Moby Dick. Costco spent over $20 million, and finally got it done.

That's what it is going to take to take on the prostitution laws--a grumpy, determined old rich guy who decides enough is enough. In other words--ain't never going to happen in any of our lifetimes.
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Earth
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One big reason prostitution should be legalized is to help out the guys who sex lives are handicapped, because they lack the sex appeal and personal charm to get sex from women for free.
That was the argument of the plaintiff in Cherry v. Koch, a case which argued that New York's anti-prostitution statutes violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment by discriminating against the handicapped who otherwise had no access to sex. Sadly, the courts didn't buy it.
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Earth
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That's what it is going to take to take on the prostitution laws--a grumpy, determined old rich guy who decides enough is enough. In other words--ain't never going to happen in any of our lifetimes.
A ticked off, determined rich guy who decides enough is enough isn't exactly impossible, given the post-Citizens United atmosphere in which we live.

If only we could get the Koch Brothers or Sheldon Adelson interested in getting rid of prostitution laws. It was early 20th century progressives who instituted them (wonder if "Roysoldboy" knows this)?
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Armsanta Sorad
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It's already legalized in Nevada and here in the state of California, through alimony and child support.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:05 PM
 
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Prostitution is perfectly legal. Just make sure you're filming it so you can call it porn production.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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A ticked off, determined rich guy who decides enough is enough isn't exactly impossible, given the post-Citizens United atmosphere in which we live.

If only we could get the Koch Brothers or Sheldon Adelson interested in getting rid of prostitution laws. It was early 20th century progressives who instituted them (wonder if "Roysoldboy" knows this)?
I've read that about the progressives, but tend to forget. Prostitution was largely legal, or at least tolerated until they came along. It was also done partly to protect us from the horrors of inter-racial sex. That apparently was a big concern among progressives back then.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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Yes. It should be legal for no other reason then we shouldn't tell adults what they can do with their own body.

No, before someone mentions children, childhood prostitution should not be legal.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:24 PM
 
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It's legalized, it's called marriage.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:33 PM
 
Location: SW Kansas
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Legalized, taxed, and regulated, like it is in the Nevada brothels.
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Palo Alto
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So grumpy old rich guys are heroes and your best friend when they support the right cause, but Public Enemy Number 1 otherwise. Love it.
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