Tuesday, January 5

Unprotected: How Legalizing Prostitution Has Failed


So what do you think we should do about prostitution? Regulate? Ban? Liberalise?

My view is that we need to liberalise and free it up. Why? Because what you do with your body is your business. Which is also the reason why I don't think committing suicide is illegal or unlawful. Your body your property. We don't ban people from wanting do dig ditches do we? It's physical work and so is this. Same with drugs as well but lets stick to this. 

That's not to say that I'm ok with forced prostitution, child prostitution, sex slavery etc. in these particular cases, the choices have been taken away. That's the whole point. You have a choice. 

So that's the principle. How does it operate in theory? Here's an example of what happened in Germany where they liberalised it. 

So the women still get trafficked which is wrong. But many are going there willingly. If you are willing to go to that career choice then you get the pains and gains as appropriate. She thought that she will have a room of her own and not many clients and and and. People watch pretty woman too much. 

So in my view its fine. Stop the trading but legalised prostitution is just fine. It's when you ban it, then things become much worse. Like in other countries. But people are stupid. They are willing to create and live with bigger problems just so that they can say that but we banned it. Morons. 



Druckversion - Unprotected: How Legalizing Prostitution Has Failed - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

05/30/2013 03:41 PM


How Legalizing Prostitution Has Failed

When Germany legalized prostitution just over a decade ago, politicians hoped that it would create better conditions and more autonomy for sex workers. It hasn’t worked out that way, though. Exploitation and human trafficking remain significant problems. By SPIEGEL Staff

Sânandrei is a poor village in Romania with run-down houses and muddy paths. Some 80 percent of its younger residents are unemployed, and a family can count itself lucky if it owns a garden to grow potatoes and vegetables.

Alina is standing in front of her parents’ house, one of the oldest in Sânandrei, wearing fur boots and jeans. She talks about why she wanted to get away from home four years ago, just after she had turned 22. She talks about her father, who drank and beat his wife, and sometimes abused his daughter, too. Alina had no job and no money.

Through a friend’s new boyfriend, she heard about the possibilities available in Germany. She learned that a prostitute could easily earn €900 ($1,170) a month there.

Alina began thinking about the idea. Anything seemed better than Sânandrei. “I thought I’d have my own room, a bathroom and not too many customers,” she says. In the summer of 2009, she and her friend got into the boyfriend’s car and drove through Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic until they reached the German capital — not the trendy Mitte neighborhood in the heart of the city, but near Schönefeld airport, where the name of the establishment alone said something about the owner: Airport Muschis (“Airport Pussies”). The brothel specialized in flat-rate sex. For €100 ($129), a customer could have sex for as long and as often as he wanted.

It all went very quickly, says Alina. There were other Romanians there who knew the man who had brought them there. She was told to hand over her clothes and was given revealing lingerie to wear instead. Only a few hours after her arrival, she was expected to greet her first customers. She says that when she wasn’t nice enough to the clients, the Romanians reduced her wages.

The Berlin customers paid their fee at the entrance. Many took drugs to improve sexual performance and could last all night. A line often formed outside Alina’s room. She says that she eventually stopped counting how many men got into her bed. “I blocked it out,” she says. “There were so many, every day.”

Locked Up

Alina says that she and the other women were required to pay the pimps €800 a week. She shared a bed in a sleeping room with three other women. There was no other furniture. All she saw of Germany was the Esso gas station around the corner, where she was allowed to go to buy cigarettes and snacks, but only in the company of a guard. The rest of the time, says Alina, she was kept locked up in the club.

Prosecutors learned that the women in the club had to offer vaginal, oral and anal sex, and serve several men at the same time in so-called gangbang sessions. The men didn’t always use condoms. “I was not allowed to say no to anything,” says Alina. During menstruation, she would insert sponges into her vagina so that the customers wouldn’t notice.

She says that she was hardly ever beaten, nor were the other women. “They said that they knew enough people in Romania who knew where our families lived. That was enough,” says Alina. When she occasionally called her mother on her mobile phone, she would lie and tell her how nice it was in Germany. A pimp once paid Alina €600, and she managed to send the money to her family.

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