One of the interesting things about election years is the things that are going on the ballot with the Presidential race. It was said that having Same-Sex marriage amendments on the ballot in 2004 helped President George W. Bush back into office, and although there are some of those same types of amendments on the ballot this year1, there are also things like what is going on in San Francisco with prostitution.
San Francisco would become the first major U.S. city to decriminalize prostitution if voters next month approve Proposition K—a measure that forbids local authorities from investigating, arresting or prosecuting anyone for selling sex.
Decriminalization vs. Legalization
You need to understand the difference between decriminalization and legalization in order to understand what’s going on here.
Legalization would mean that prostitution were legal—that is was acceptable in their community and would have the moral equivalence of any other occupation. Therefore there’d be the same controls as any other business as well as the same acceptance as anything else in your community.
Decriminalization, on the other hand, doesn’t attribute equality, it just takes away the teeth. It’s like saying “I know shoplifting is wrong, but we’re choosing not to do anything about it.
Thou Shalt Not Arrest the Prostitute
So, basically this law would prevent any money from being spent to bust prostitution rings, or even pursue getting any money to help lower the rate of prostitution.
It, supposedly, doesn’t touch the money for pursuing those that are engaged in human trafficking2, but to me that’s a grey area. I mean, there’s not much of a moral difference between someone running a group of prostitutes in an area and making profit off of them and someone buying a girl from a foreign country or locally and selling them for sex.
To me, this is abuse in the highest form. It’s mental abuse and physical abuse. It’s nasty, vile, and yet I wouldn’t be shocked to see something like this come from this vile city—this modern day Sodom.
- California’s attempt to reign in their Supreme Court’s decision to legislate it from the bench being the primary one.
- Which I guess, for them, would be defined as a prostitute that was working against her will?