Friday, 23 October 2009


I think it's about time that we at the Peanut weigh in on the prostitution debate. Criminalize? Decriminalize? Legalize? Do we make illegal actions which the majority in our society deem to be morally unacceptable, or only those actions where harm is done to somebody?

Prostitution, in fact, is not illegal in Canada. It is only illegal to run a bawdy house or communicate for the purposes of prostitution. However, since any transaction requires communication to take place, the only way prostitution can legally occur in Canada is if the hooker stands outside and randomly fucks people on the street in the hope that they pay her afterwards.

The position of this blog is that prostitution should be made legal. de facto legal, not this half-assed legal stuff. I came to this conclusion after seeing a CBC debate wherein the opponent to legalization was a completely nonsensical chowder-head. I don't want to be on the same side of the argument as that person, whoever she was.

Advocates of legalization say that you will never get rid of it, so you might as well make it safe for prostitutes by 'bringing it in off the streets'. That's not quite true: if we really wanted to, we could get rid of prostitution to the same extent that we get rid of murder and rape; making it more of a rarity than an everyday occurrence. To do that though, we would need to be very committed to stamping out prostitution and would have to devote a great deal of resources and prison space in the process. Is it really worth it, when we're dealing with a moral "crime" rather than one with an actual, unwilling victim? To be sure, child prostitution needs to be illegal, but conventional 'adult' whoring should not. (Hmm, I just realized that this post is going to generate some serious unwanted Google hits. Oh well ... I've gone this far ...)

I have to conclude, therefore, that prostitution should be legal, and should be allowed to occur in a safe indoor environment. Yes, some of these adult prostitutes are victims too in their own way, but at the end of the day they are responsible for their own actions.

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I have decided to remove the bonus section for now, so as not detract from the issue at hand. I may bring it back later.


Anonymous said...

Tasteless and kinda pathetic.

cherenkov said...

I do my best to keep this blog from being respectable.

Anonymous said...

Yes, you are correct. Society's main problem with prostitution is that it involves SEX. And everyone knows that sex is wrong and immoral, right? But seriously, when you look at the arguments against prostitution, most revolve around the working conditions and potential for abuse. There are already laws against such crimes as kidnapping, physical abuse, trafficking, etc. When you strip away all the illegal activities one usually associates with prostitution, but are not really part of prostitution per se, all you are left with is sex between two conscenting adults.

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