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NSFW(maybe)- Is prostitution pretty much legal now?

Asked by Imadethisupwithnoforethought (14669points) March 27th, 2012

I read an article yesterday about a website people had started to use for prostitution services after Craigslist blocked those ads from their own service.

Out of curiosity, I went on to see what they were talking about, and clicked on my state. There were approximately 40 ads posted in one day. I do not live in a big state.

I could click on any one of them and see clear pictures of the women, rates, and instructions for contact. Some had reviews.

Are the cops in my state incompetent, or do people really not care anymore?

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josie's avatar

Don’t know about your state. But these days, there is so much real bullshit to provoke people’s fear, that I suspect people have stopped really worrying about some doped out ‘ho sucking off a lonely moron for money. Just my opinion.

Berserker's avatar

Well there is a difference between street prostitution and escorts. (the difference being in legal/illegal, not talking about the morality aspect) Street prostitution is usually illegal, although some states allow it, as far as I know. It’s also usually run by illegal organizations. (crime gangs and the like)
Escorts, or call girls/boys (which are legal) use the net and the paper for advertisement, or the agency/company that hires them does. I’m guessing that’s what you’re seeing? An illegal prostitute or pimp putting adds in the paper is really shooting themselves in the foot.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Ontario just legalized prostitution.

Berserker's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Is it true that women there are allowed to walk topless in public?

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

@Symbeline One of girls had a link to her website where she listed a menu. I am starting to think you have a point, they only care about those on the street.

Aethelflaed's avatar

No, but some areas care less about it than others. Many places (at least in theory…) go after johns more than they do the actual prostitutes. Crackdowns on outside sex workers are much bigger than indoor sex workers. But it’s really a regional thing, with some urban vs suburban/rural aspects.

Berserker's avatar

@Imadethisupwithnoforethought Yeah, because the street ones are illegal, so the government doesn’t get any money out of it. :/

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Symbeline I’ll look that up. I’m guessing not. The legalizing prostitution was to protect women better.

Berserker's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe I do hope that is why.

rojo's avatar

Not here in Texas. Hell, even thinking about sex is a felony.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

The reasoning was if they legalize it women can have body guards and protection from the guys that would abuse them. Nice frigging world.

john65pennington's avatar

Its as illegal as it every was in my state.

Remember, some of the ads you are reading are the cops in a “sting operation”.

Shippy's avatar

It is illegal in my country but I do believe it is legal in Canada, with certain activities still being illegal. There are different types of prostitution that of girls working on the street and then there are escorts. Both do the same thing and escorts side step the law by charging for their “time” in adverts. Then add disclaimers saying any other occurrence is a matter of choice between two consenting adults. Still illegal in most countries are “bawdy houses”, where a number of girls work together usually for a “boss”.
Not all sex workers are dope smoking “Ho’s: as someone stated. Some do it because of the flexible lifestyle and choose it, some are driven by economics and some actually like it. The reasons are many. The main issues with prostitution that concerns the legal system are trafficking of children, abuse of drugs for some prostitutes and not sufficient support and counseling regards STD’s and AIDS.
Meaning more assistance should be available to those involved in prostitution.

zenvelo's avatar

Prostitution is not pretty much legal now. It’s just overwhelming to combat it everywhere.

@Symbeline I don’t know where you are, but I don’t know of any states call girls are legal. It’s not legal in Nevada, and not in California. It’s just not a high priority for most police departments.

fundevogel's avatar

@zenvelo She’s in Canada where the prostitutes all wear polar bear fur. I believe they are typically paid in salt pork.

Berserker's avatar

@fundevogel They’re called warthogs. And I… they get paid in raw onions.

fundevogel's avatar

@Symbeline Gosh, There I go, showing my ignorance again.

Berserker's avatar

Ya think? I dun even know if we actually got warthogs over here. XD I think I meant boars. Fuckin polar pigs. Akuna matataaaa…! :D

fundevogel's avatar

Well, I am at least relatively certain we (North Americans) have prostitutes.

Berserker's avatar

That we does. :)

Blackberry's avatar

I assumed some of those were fake to bait people in and arrest them.

anartist's avatar

In the US only Nevada has legalized prostitution on the ground, so to speak.

The web is a different matter altogether. Long before prostitution solicitations appeared on craigslist they appeared elsewhere. An old web hosting address called angelfire hosted many such sites back in the 90s, probably because of the felicitous name.

Other sites can, do, and will. The language may change so one has to read between the lines, just as ship-to-ship language of drug-dealers does to avoid the Coast Guard [although much of it is understood by the Coast Guard].

tedd's avatar

As unsavory as it is, we’d probably be far better off legalizing it and regulating it. At least then we’d have tabs on most of these girls, and we could limit the spread of STD’s and sex slavery. As it stands it’s all done in the shadows, and who knows what goes on.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Symbeline Looked into your topless question. The answer appears to be yes and no. It’s legal, but you could still be arrested by over zealous cops. Also, it’s not ok in an indoor pool but it’s ok in an outdoor pool, huh? I thought our laws were wacked.

anartist's avatar

And then they can get employer-provided healthcare in legalized brothels.

Berserker's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe That is whacked indeed…methinks it should be the contrary? Man…’‘shakes head’’

anartist's avatar

@rojo and Texas had that famous chicken ranch, too. What a pity they are so benighted today.

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