Retards, Hookers and Society September 30, 2009Posted by Who? in News, Politics, religion.
Tags: hookers, Lakewood, News, prostitution
There have been a lot of stories in the news lately re: prostitution – Everett coffee stand bust, Lakewood coffee stand bust, etc. The latest out of Lakewood troubles me though. Seems that the girls are sharing trade secrets and playing a crafty entrapment card; ie “If you’re not a cop, touch my tra-la-la. Article here.
And here is the troubling part, the Assistant PoChi is asking the Council for a new ordinance that would allow officers to arrest/cite women for prostitution/soliciting sex for asking that question. This is a problem. Generally it is not a sound policy to arrest, cite and try a citizen/hooker for a crime that they have not committed. As much as it may be a prereq, the statement above is not soliciting sex for money.
One of my professors used to say that “hard cases make bad law” and this is a perfect example. Should we keep pretending that arresting women for prostitution works? Or should we reevaluate our strategy?
Furthermore…we need to back this train way back up…do we want cops requesting changes to laws? In theory, citizens elect representatives to make those kinds of decisions for them. Cops proposing laws is backwards. They take an oath to uphold the law not to influence or create the law. Now that I think about it, this issue is just as big, if not bigger, than the prostitution element.
I wonder if people will ever figure these kinds of issues out. Prosti, weed, assisted-suicide…We should have the right to regulated choices as long as they don’t hurt other people.
You know what is really retarded about the current approach towards prostitution? It creates a downward spiral and ultimately promotes it. When a woman gets charged with or convicted of prostitution, that shows up on her record. If she wanted to try to change her life and get a 9-5 job, she has to explain that. Think about how hard it would be for a woman in that socio-economic position to overcome the shame and then explain that in an interview – I think there is a movie with Charlize Theron that plays out that scenario. The current model pushes them to society’s margin where drugs, pimps, crime and violence reign supreme and hold them prisoner. Citing women for prostitution does nothing to fix the underlying problem.
Legalize. Regulate. Tax.
I’m tired of ranting about retardation.
Update 10/7/09- The City Council passed the change with a 6-0 vote and acknowledged that they are in “uncharted territory”. The article includes more of the details (they need circumstantial evidence as well) which is good but I’m still not sure how I feel about this.