Is prostitution between adults worse than shipping jobs overseas?
If you follow politics at all, you are probably aware that members of the Secret Service in Colombia, have been sent back to the U.S. for alleged involvement with prostitutes in Colombia. Also, members of the U.S. military seem to be involved in the same conduct. This is somehow, the biggest scandal in the history of the Secret Service, even more than allowing JFK to get shot in Dallas almost 50 years ago. We also have a new trade agreement with Colombia signed which supposedly will create jobs here in the U.S.
While it strenghtens labor standards and the ability to organize a union in Colombia, I have a hard time believing it will create net jobs here in the U.S. Trade agreements have been a failure when it comes to job growth in the U.S. How many products do the Chinese buy, that say, "made in the U.S.A"? Not a heck of a lot, I think. The fact is, this agreement will reduce jobs here in the U.S. and decrease our nation's wages.
But, that is less of an issue in the media, than government workers agreeing with other consenting adults in Colombia to have sex in exchange for money. Along as these women were fully consenting adults with these agents, I really don't care what happens, along as these agents meet the duties of their jobs.
Frankly, the worse harms from prostituiton come from the fact that it is illegal. There aren't cases of abuse and violence against sex workers in legal Nevada brothels. In fact, there hasn't been one reported case of HIV among sex workers in Nevada in its' entire history of legalization! Frankly, that is a stunning fact, showing the benefits of regulated sex work.
Amazingly, in these counties of Nevada where it is legal, the movements of the women who work as sex workers are often restricted. They, according to the British newspaper, The Guardianm suffer such unconstituitonal abuses as:
"Some jurisdictions require brothel prostitutes to leave the county when they are not working, while others take the opposite tack, forbidding them to leave the brothel where they work. Some do not allow the children of the women who work in the brothels to live in the same area.
The city of Winnemuca requires brothel workers who have cars to register the vehicle with the local police, and workers are not permitted to leave the brothel after 5pm. In some places, registered sex workers are not allowed to have cars at all, so that they must pay someone else to buy necessities like shampoo and soap. These unique regulations treat brothels and the women who work there as if they are not a part of the local community – despite the contributions they make to the state and the community in the form of taxes, fees and jobs."
So, they reap the taxes paid by these sex workers, but treat them as prisoners. The hypocrisy of the Puritan lobby is loud and clear. These rules are clearly unconstitutional, but when it comes to anti-sex beliefs, that clearly doesn't matter.