[This was originally posted as a reply to another blogpost a few days ago. Since it probably got lost in the shuffle and I think it is an important post, I'd like to try to let it stand alone for a while.]
I'd like to suggest one campaign, I believe in, that few would speak up for (and is probably very controversial). That is that prostitution should be legalized, or at the very least, we should not insist that the police crack down on prostitution. Prostitution is more of in issue in other parts of the city, but it does occur in JP and it occurs rather widely in neighborhoods that border JP.
There are many reasons to legalize or decriminalize prostitution. Among the top reasons I will list here:
1. The police cannot control prostitution without violating the privacy and civil rights of individuals, some of whom are merely walking down the street, standing on the sidewalk or conversing with another individual.
2. In spite of some popular notions, prostitution is a relatively harmless and victimless “crime.”
3. Prostitutes (as well as customers) can become victims for the simple reason that prostitution is considered a crime. For example, if a young female prostitute is robbed or assaulted, she likely will not go to the police for help because she will be treated by the police as a criminal or worse.
4. Prostitutes are further victimized by a legal system that keeps them mired in a cycle of incarceration, poverty and humiliation that is nearly impossible for many women to break from.
5. Regardless of how distasteful it may be to some people, there is a market for prostitution and prostitutes provide a service. If there are men who have a desire or need to use the service of prostitutes, they probably should be allowed to. I’m not a doctor, but sometimes prohibition could have adverse effects on the mental and physical health of some individuals.
These are some of the reasons I can come up for now. I welcome responses of support or other comments. >>