Prostitution vs. Murder

Some long time ago, I lived in a college town.  The town had a population of around 100,000 people, and about 35,000 of those people were students and faculty.  The town also had a handful of whore houses.  They called the whore houses, “massage parlors”, and in theory the houses were places where people went to get massages.  In reality though, they sold sex.  Sooner or later,  the inevitable happened:  Someone decided to make a political career out of opposing the town’s massage parlors.

The politician who opposed the parlors got elected District Attorney.  He then went to work, and he quickly succeeded in closing down all the town’s handful of massage parlors.  After that, he was District Attorney for another 10 years.

The odd thing was, that during his entire career as District Attorney, he never won a murder case.  Not even a single murder case.  Consequently, the town was a lousy place to be a whore, but not the worse place on earth to be a murderer.

I was thinking about all of that this morning, and I got to wondering why the voters never threw him out of office in order to elect someone who might have won them a murder case now and then. But I wouldn’t even know who to ask that question of in order to get an accurate answer.

17 thoughts on “Prostitution vs. Murder

  1. Hey, you just have to keep your priorities straight…Whores are bad, murderers are just well, misunderstood, who probably had a good reason, but just got carried away. Hehe..

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  2. I’m sorry — the United States is a stupid idiotic place with its outlandish ideas about prostitution. Prostitution should be legal and regulated and taxed — and if you’re serious about eliminating most prostitution, make absolutely sure that full economic, social and political equality is guaranteed to all American woman and prostitution would almost cease to exist.

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    • I’ve read there is a very strong correlation between the percentage of women in a population who are sex workers and the availability of alternative economic routes. Or, in other words, most prostitutes would pick a different career if given the opportunity. The exception to that rule might be bordello workers.

      I wonder how Americans are going to feel when the super-rich succeed in destroying the middle class and their daughters have to go into prostitution?

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      • Really? Well, that’s quite a leap, Paul. Prostitution will be the ONLY alternative? These daughters are so limited in their imaginations, they’d have to turn to prostitution?

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      • You’re right. It’s a leap to say that everyone will turn to prostitution. Didn’t mean to be alarmist. What I really meant was that in poor countries more women turn to prostitution than in wealthy countries. At least, that’s what I’ve read.

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  3. That makes more sense, for sure, Paul. Thank you. I imagine that being a prostitute in a developing country is a pretty hazardous way of living. Wonder what the life expectancy is for them.

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  4. Considering the fact that many prostitutes start pre-18 years old, I hate hearing about the girls being ‘criminalized’ rather than the johns. And, in this case, it’s even more bizarre to actively choose the ‘criminal’ that you want to pursue is prostitutes, rather than murderers.

    I understand that usually the justice system does not have enough resources to go after all crimes…but it seems like they have their priorities pretty backward.

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    • To piggyback off of Astasia’s observation, some girls and women in prostitution are trafficking victims or under the thumb of a pimp. Did the DA do anything to assist trafficking victims or prosecute pimps and johns?

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      • The average age of onset here in my liberal country with no sexism? is 13.5
        Sick sick sick.
        I’ve met women who were introduced into the ‘business’ by family members at age 3.

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  5. Having sex for money is NOT criminal or anything besides selling a service. Hugh Hefner et al, are indisputable proof that it is a selectively PROSECUTED crime just like lying to Congress is. Clarence Thomas lied about lifelong sexual harassing and instead of prison only clarified that the United States carefully decides who to prosecute.

    No prosecutor caused prostitution to change one bit. “Massage parlors” simply became something else. Prosecutors do nothing to “go after” crime. Prosecutors simply prosecute suspects according to law. Police might arrest a “Massage parlor” worker if evidence of a crime is found. A restaurant where the right “tip” purchases sex only replaced the massage parlors who refused to evolve.

    Prosecutors only prosecute laws according to the laws and this town felt better served enforcing a “set” of morals

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  6. Speaking as a massage therapist myself — a qualified professional with a quarter century in practice — I wish to Hell that we could have a business niche for sex workers so that they could enjoy the leverage of unions, a professional association, legal traction, and not be cloaked under the name of my profession or any other. Not because I object to the conduct of sex work, but because I get pissed off every time I have to pass a criminal record check ’cause someone else objects to sex work and thinks I might be doing it.

    No one should be “turned out” into having sex for pay if it isn’t their own idea.

    No one should be criminalized for doing so if it is their own idea.

    About the same as any other line of work, more or less.

    Sex workers are the low hanging fruit for inept prosecutors. If that’s not a double-entendre waiting to happen.

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  7. The “low hanging fruit” metaphor applies to law enforcement across the board. It’s easy to arrest and prosecutor prostitutes because we know where they work, they’re generally not very dangerous to arrest and everyone is disproportionately horrified of them. It’s easy to arrest weekend pot smokers because we know where they smoke/shop, they’re generally not very dangerous to arrest and everyone is disproportionately horrified of them.

    As for murderers versus prostitutes… Nearly all of us have felt like murdering on occasion. Very few of us have felt like becoming prostitutes.

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  8. Some law enforcement agencies have gotten smart and started to arrest the “Johns” as a more effective tool for curbing prostitution.

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  9. Giggle!

    Please forgive me for being a wicked gossip with a tale of a Wisconsin puto, Republican state senator “randy” Randy Hopper (bed hopper) of Fond du Lac WI:

    “Protesters who marched at the home of Wisconsin state senator Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) were met with something of a surprise on Saturday. Mrs. Hopper appeared at the door and informed them that Sen. Hopper was no longer in residence at this address, but now lives in Madison, WI with his 25-year-old mistress.

    “Blogging Blue reports that the conservative Republican’s much-younger new flame is currently employed as a lobbyist for right-wing advocacy group Persuasion Partners, Inc., but was previously a state senate staffer who worked on the Senate Economic Development Committee alongside Mr. Hopper. Her bio has been scrubbed from the Persuasion Partners’ website, but a screen-grab is available here….”

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