|The thing that makes prostitution bad is not necessarily the act itself... it's the side effects. Particularly... things like human trafficking.|
Exactly. So what is wrong with me waking up today and deciding I want to make money by being a prostitute. I was born in the US, I'm 30 years old, I have a full time job, I pay taxes, I live in a place with no drug problems ( relatively ) and no crime, wtf?
|Are you really unable to find someone who is willing to punch you in the face for free?|
But seriously, say I work 70 hours a week. I just want to be punched in the face. I don't want to talk to strangers or try to piss people off. What is wrong with having a person who is a professional face puncher? No questions, no emotions, just a punch in the face.
|There's a distinction here, though. You're talking about using sex to sell something els|
I didn't make my point clear. Some people would say Kate Upton is the prostitute, as she sells her body.
Realistically though, most people would say she isn't. Most people would say a porn star is not a prostitute. Most people would say a stripper is not a prostitute. The line is drawn at the point of climax. I can oogle all I want, but to actually participate and be satisfied is wrong. What it really means is that sex is wrong, and what you'll see if you started looking into this ( as you said you have never ) is that most organizations against prostitution are religious.
| I fail to see the parallel you're trying to make here.|
In Massachusetts, the difference between a solicitation and a 'general comment' is the interpretation of intent. For example, if I tapped on someone's leg and asked he/she if he/she wanted a good time, that is okay. If I squeeze someone's leg and ask the same, that is a solicitation.
|Please give me examples of how they're even remotely similar.|
This is where I really don't have much to go on. All I know is that it is a comparison that is made. It used to be illegal to be gay in the US. You can't really prove someone is gay if he/she is just walking down the street, but you can make laws about cross-dressing not being allowed. Such laws discriminate a specific type of person. There are analogous laws towards prostitutes, and the general public is beginning to see that these are human rights violations.
One law ( that was recently overturned ) was that if a person was attacked/raped while selling his/her body, that person could not be considered a victim ( and thus not get monetary health care support ). Someone could pay you for sex, and afterwards beat the shit out of you and take the money back and you have no rights because you were breaking the law in the first place.
You might say to yourself "you shouldn't break the law then". At that point I would ask you to look deep in your heart and really wonder if that is a reasonable thing to be thinking.
|Prostitution fits in the mix because it's a highly exploitative industry that is typically controlled by dangerous people.|
Prostitution fits in the mix because it is a law that can never be entirely enforced. There will always be prostitutes. With that fact, it is a selective law, an officer can choose to make an arrest or look the other way. It isn't too hard to start to see why prostitution would be connected to organized crime, criminals are good at making police look the other way.