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SF May Decriminalize Prostitution: How Would You Vote?

On election day, San Franciscans will be able to vote on Proposition K — which would forbid local authorities from investigating, arresting, or prosecuting anyone for selling sex.
Opponents most likely loath the idea of giving the government's stamp of approval to a depraved practice that leaves much harm in its wake. Others figure it could solve nearby Oakland's prostitution problem, since they would all move to SF.

Still some say outlawing prostitution could be compared to abstinence-only education: because something is considered "wrong" authorities ignore solutions, allowing the risks to spiral. Plus, the biggest victims of prostitution are most likely the women selling themselves for sex, who have few-to-zero alternatives. To avoid trouble with the law or other criminals they turn to pimps. And jail time and a criminal record only makes their situation more bleak. The strictly fiscally minded note that the measure will save the city $11 million spent on arresting and prosecuting prostitutes.

You all gave me some great feedback about the California ballot initiative to require parental notification for teen abortions. So tell me — how should I vote on this measure?


Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Work it Hypno!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
dirty, damn it, dirty.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
You all need to get outta my head!! :wink: Especially feel kind of diry.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Hmm, I wonder if I still have my stilettos
organicsugr organicsugr 9 years
I can't believe I actually agree with GS.
Meh. I think that it will still continue as-is, whether or not it is legalized, regulated and taxed. People still, to this day, make moonshine in the woods to get around paying taxes. I also don't see that the resources they use now for rounding up everybody involved will switch over all that easily. I could be wrong. I just go crazy thinking there's got to be a better way of finding these girls (and guys?) who are forced into it.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
"i say legalize it, regulate it and tax the hell out of it." I agree with GS. I don't like the concept of prostitution, but I don't think it should be illegal either.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
I agree with GS, legalize, but tax the crap out of it. I feel the same about Marijuana and other drugs. This doesn't mean I approve of such behavior or abuse, I just think people are going to do it regardless.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
("Could a stampede of hookers really make San Francisco any worse than it already is?") Anyway, being from San Francisco, I do get to vote on this matter, and I plan on doing so. They are going to take the funding currently used to process arrests of prostitutes and direct it towards programs which target the abusers and traffickers, as well as recovery and rehabilitation for the women. I also think that regulating it and taxing it (wow I agree with GS--this is a momentous day!!) is far safer/effective than letting it run rampant in the dark.
janneth janneth 9 years
Get serious, there will still be pimps. How nice for all the communities around San Fran. Their prostitution problems will be solved!
janneth janneth 9 years
This is why people hold San Fran up to ridicule.
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 9 years
I'd say "make the women get tested for STD's and tax them". In Europe they do this so why not here.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 9 years
amen HeidiMD!! I'm on the fence here. I'm against prostitution on principle but honestly feel like the police can find a better use for their time than rounding up prostitutes. It doesn't stop the sex trade and it doesn't do anyone any favors, as far as I can tell. Do you remember a few years ago there was some scandal because it was discovered that a police force that was trying to bring down a massage parlor was actually going in and using the "services" while working undercover? Their excuse was that they had to be sure. I can see how legalizing it could be beneficial in some ways, like someone said we could tax it and regulate it. The women would have access to things like healthcare and social security. But like heartbreaker mentioned, the women have a lot of problems that won't necessarily go away wether their work is legal or not, so maybe the new law would benefit pimps and clients rather than prostitutes. And I am definitely still concerned with the issue of sex trafficking and children, how would this be dealt with if the proposition passes?
heartbreakerx62x heartbreakerx62x 9 years
I do not think that it should be legalized because I think that would actually take more rights away from women and make it a worse situation. Basically, no one wants to be a prostitute, it is usually a last resort for people who are in dire situations. Although, on the one hand, I think that it is terrible that prostitutes face violence, rape, and do not have proper health care, I also don't think those things would disappear if the government legalized it. In that case, prostitutes would have to deal with all of the existing dangers AND be under the control of the government. And again, we are not usually talking about a "pretty women" situation. Most prostitutes have a lot of issues and are either homeless, addicted to drugs, sick, etc. I do not think it would be right for the government to legalize this form of control that men hold over women who are in these situations and do not have the ability to get themselves out of it.
CYL CYL 9 years
Legalize it. Like booze people will still do it and consume it even if it is illegal. At least if it is legal you can help make it safer for for prostitues to work
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 9 years
many of these sexual slaves aren't the traditional " street hookers".
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 9 years
Oh my the sexual slavery and prositution issue are handled very diffrently in SF sexual slavery/massage palor stuff although it is prostitution the city of SF has taken public health mesaures i.e. health inspectors, inspect massage palors and have rules and regulations dress codes ( massage thereapist must wear white lab coats or uniforms and they must not wear revelaing clothing) so with these inspections come the findings of sexual slaves and the business are shut down. many of these sexual slaves are the traditional " street hookers". So the decriminilzation wouldn't really increase sexual slavery or change how SF is handling it now.I think it should be handled as a homeland security issue...i.e. how are these women getting here ( we should be stopping it there). Sex Slavery in America from MBC news was a good doc and SF was covered in it.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 9 years
YY can I be the middle woman for the services you provide I would only ask for a 10% cut like your agent ahahaha!
gitsie123 gitsie123 9 years
lots of misspellings but I am in a hurry! Sorry!
gitsie123 gitsie123 9 years
I will be voting No on this. Only because I think it will make it easy for people to traffick young girls and force them into prostitution. There are several areas in SF were women are forced into prostitution, so I think if SF were to decrimilize it they need to have a system to that makes sure these women are enetering the sex trade willingly. In college a few of my classmates investigated some Asian massage parlors for our Social Justice Class and found out that the owners of these parlors were literally locking these women inside and forcing them to have sex with customers. Our teacher wrote a book called Not For Sale, it explains a lot about human trafficking in America.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
on second thought i like this proposal. it just hit me that now i can finally quit my real job and get paid to do what i love.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Darn tootin'! No, I mean that must be what turns men off....all my darn tootin'? Oh, dad humor.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
GS I'm sure he was being serious that one time. :) Especially after he saw your back hair.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
I misspelled category. :oops:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
And doesn't this fall into the my body, my rights catagory? Isn't it a morality law? Values and such?
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