The Providence Journal has a short history discussing the legalization of prostitution behind closed doors some thirty years ago. There's nothing terribly wrong with the article, but I really wish they had gone into greater detail about the now-retired prostitute who helped change the law back in the 1970's. In the whole of the article, they give her a single quote.
Considering that prostitution-as-bad is predicated almost entirely the argument that it's harmful for the prostitutes. Well, here's a real life prostitute who disagrees. A little important? I think so!
The prostitution-as-wrong argument is predicated entirely on the argument that sex is dirty. This is the domain of idiotic "conservatives" with religious motivations. Religion should have nothing to do with government. If you disagree, you're un-American. Yeah. I said it. I dropped the big "U" word. Un-American.
You want proof? The Projo describes the advocate for the anti-prositution law back in the 70's as "a social conservative, he protested abortion with a lapel pin that depicted a fetus’s tiny feet. And he told a Journal reporter he was worried that Roger Williams Park, where his father had once mowed the grass, was becoming a hangout for gays."
A hangout... for gays. I can only imagine that this guy was one of the people saying AIDS was Divine punishment. He called prostitution “sickening and despicable.” Too bad the son of a bitch is dead, I'd really love to argue that point.
The punishment before the new law was... intense. "Back then, prostitution in Rhode Island was a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison." Five years? Does anyone else just think that, on its face, that's FUCKING RIDICULOUS? Five years? Seriously? Five? For having sex? Why not just make gluttony punishable by three years of hard labor? Or how about making adultery punishable by death, again.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, sex is MY business, not yours. How, where, and why I have sex is of no concern to anyone else but me.