One of the most interesting things I was surprised to learn in Thaddeus Russell's book "A Renegade History of The United States" was that women, contrary to popular belief, in the 18th and 19th centuries may have enjoyed more freedoms than we have been told in the late 20th Century PC Re-write of history.
I bring this up because Harry Reid, intrepid Senator from Nevada and Senate Majority Leader decided that brothels should be banned in his fair state that allows them to operate. I think Harry needs to keep his nose out of womens business.
Back in the day, when women AKA Madams ran brothels, women went into the World's Oldest Profession for the money. I'm not going to say it is easy money, because it's just like any other job out there. Women earned more money than other women in their day and age, dressed better, and got free health care and room and board. They had the best deal of their day. Most madams in larger Old West cities were the main property owners. If they wanted to keep the men coming back their girls had to be clean, dressed well, and know their roles, i.e., be whatever the men wanted. Any man who did not behave himself soon found himself persona non grata at all the brothels.
From all that I have read on the history of Prostitution to what I've seen in my work, anywhere where prostitution is legalized, the prostitutes have a better level of living and existence. Once you take the man, the pimp out of the equation, coercion and intimidation disappear. Drug use is looked down on because it brings down the value of the product. Men cannot beat up the prostitutes because it damages the goods. All in all, women take better care of women than men ever will, especially if there is a dollar value on that.
Gasp and swoon! You mean there is no whore with a heart of gold out there? Only in Progressive Liberal faerie tales where they inhale unicorn farts and Richard Gere really does love them.
Don't get me wrong, it's not a glamorous business, but it once was and should be. If a woman decides the only goods she has is her body and she decides to sell that to the highest bidder, it is HER business. There are people who can separate sex and their body, they are usually called men, but women can and do do just that all the time. We just don't like to admit it. Because it makes us less virginal, holy and pure than we would like to be portrayed.
I say, legalize it, tax it, and stop trying to legislate morality. Don't regulate it to hell and back like Vienna did. Let the market decide. Ugly girls and crack whores will naturally be on the streets where they can make a quick buck, however, if they don't have their clean bill of health, quite literally, and license to sell sex, then it's jail time as they are a health hazard.
Take the damned stigma away. Back in the day men sold women to other men and called it an arranged marriage. Hell, they still do that in many Eastern countries where Islam is practiced, and Hindu. I don't get how it's perfectly OK for a father to sell his 12 year old daughter to a pervert in Thailand, but it's illegal for a grown woman to decide to sell her body to a man willing to pay a price for it. It's business, not sex. Sex is what you did with your boyfriend on Prom Night in that cheap motel room. Call it what you will, but at least in the business transaction no one is lying to the other one unless it's agreed upon.
The underground stuff they have going on right now would shock most people. Trust me on this. However, make it perfectly legal to be a paid submissive and you will see the economy soar. Right now these people don't pay a dime in tax while on their knees or back. Tax it... our deficit will shrink like a young man in cold water.
Legalize prostitution. Take away the taboo and you know what will happen, respect will come back to the business transaction. Because if anyone is getting screwed, at least we know they paid for it.