Marijuana has gone mainstream, casino gambling is everywhere and sports wagering is spreading. Could prostitution be next?
Lawmakers across the country are beginning to reconsider how to handle prostitution, as calls for decriminalization are slowly gaining momentum…
“This is about the oldest profession, and understanding that we haven’t been able to deter or end it, in millennia,” said Senator Jessica Ramos, a Democrat from Queens who is one of the plan’s backers. “So I think it’s time to confront reality.”
Murder is our oldest crime, and understanding that we haven’t been able to deter or end it, in millennia. So I think it’s time to confront reality. It should be legalized.
Insert any crime or loathsome illegal behavior for hours of Fun with Fallacies.
It should be obvious that an activity’s perennial existence is not a reason to decriminalize it. Something like the opposite is more true: almost all crimes are crimes in part because the activity exists with sufficient depressing frequency. (Some crimes prohibit activity which has not yet occurred, like e.g. human cloning.)
It is also a fallacy, and quite foolish, to say that because we cannot eliminate an act, therefore the act should not be a crime.
Making acts into crimes does reduce the number of those acts, as long as the threat of punishment is believed real. Thus, the harshest penalty should produce the most consequential reductions. If punishments are not enforced, the criminal acts increase (not without limit, of course). Not only do the acts themselves increase in frequency, so do associated acts.
The debate is unquestionably polarizing in many circles, even among advocates for sex-trafficked and abused women who fear that creating a legal path for prostitution will not eliminate, but rather actually encourage, underground sex trafficking.
This is certain to happen. If you think not, I would be pleased to take a monetary bet with you. What will increase in particular will be underage sex trafficking. Naturally, there will also arise a concomitant push for lowering the age of “consent”, and a lessening of punishments for breaching these ages.
Now some localities have legalized prostitution for quite some time. Prostitution is debasing. Therefore, associated debased acts of the body should increase where prostitution is legal. This is seen. LGBTQWERTYism, which are acts as debased as you can get, is seen in a good light proportionally in these localities. Indeed, we should see a debasing of the entire human person. Thus the longer prostitution is legal in a place, the more that place will see abortion and euthanasia and the taking of corrosive drugs as good or “harmless.” Man is his own god and sets his own limits.
“When you’re talking about consenting adults, I think that yes, we should really consider that we can’t criminalize consensual behavior as long no one is being harmed,” said [Senator Kamala] Harris, in an interview with The Root.
There is first the Consent Fallacy, which says that because two (or more) agree in an act, that act is therefore moral or good. Click the link for a number of acts, each drawn from recent history, which are debased but which are justified by “consent.” If you allow consent to be the demarcation, then just about anything will be allowed.
The point about “being harmed” is also a fallacy. Prostitution causes harm to both (or all) parties engaging in it, even where there is consent, even where the act is legal. Any act that violates natural law is harmful to the person, either physically or spiritually. The harm us to the persons themselves, and then later, to a greater or lesser extent, to others these persons interact with. No man is an island is a cliché for good reason.
“We’ve learned this lesson many times with the prohibition of alcohol, or criminalization of abortion, or even the criminalization of marijuana: The black market creates dark circumstances and provides cover for a lot of violence and exploitation,” said Kaytlin Bailey, a comedian and former prostitute who serves as the spokeswoman for Decriminalize Sex Work, which was founded last year.
Criminalizing alcohol was absurd because drinking alcohol does not violate natural law. It is an anti-crime. Criminalizing prostitution does by definition drive that activity “underground”, but decriminalizing it does not mean that exploitation will not take place. Imagine woke corporations being in charge of it.
Besides, arguments like this are like those who claim “back-alley” abortions will occur if abortion is criminalized. This is like a psychopath complaining he’ll have to resort to killing his victims in the dark if murder is criminalized.