Saturday, September 12, 2009

Prostitution Is Prohibited

Buford C. Terrell is discussing how prohibition really works and gives the example of prostitution in America.

Prostitution has been prohibited in most of the United States (all except for a small part of Nevada) for over a century, but prostitutes can be found working in virtually every town and city in the country. In the cities they even work openly and advertise their services. The police have given up trying to suppress the activity and instead limit their efforts to preventing disruptions of neighborhoods, control of sex slavery and underage prostitutes, and providing a flurry of activity when a member of the city council goes on a morality kick.
Which is how drug prohibition is currently working in America. The police have given up trying to suppress the activity and instead limit their efforts to preventing disruptions of neighborhoods. And even that effort is not working well.

Buford goes on to give several other examples from recent and not so recent history. Including how the drug war works. i.e. it doesn't.

You can read the first part of Buford's analysis at Prohibition: Theory and Practice (Part I).

H/T Drug Policy Forum of Texas

Cross Posted at Classical Values

3 comments:

happy endings said...

Check out Happy Endings? a documentary film on Asian massage parlors in Rhode Island where prostitution is legal.
http://www.happyendingsdoc.com
The documentary follows the lives of women in Asian massage parlors in RI, as Politicians, Johns, a Woman Studies Professor, Police, the ACLU, community groups, and residents engage in a debate over changing the “loophole” in the law that allows for prostitution “behind closed doors”.

M. Simon said...

happy,

How exactly is making prostitution illegal going to change anything? Legal or illegal it is going to happen. Of course making it illegal gives the pimps and madams more power. So that is good. Maybe.

BTW the audio on the film trailer is horrible. Very hard to understand.

and you should put up clickable links like this:

www.happyendingsdoc.com

M. Simon said...

You really want to put an end to prostitution? Offer free sex to those trying to enter the brothels. That will put them out of business. No business can compete with free.