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End Human Trafficking: Legalize Prostitution

January 15, 2014

Governor Brewer has placed this issue front and center but I wonder if her special commission has the answer? How many terrible tragedies of human trafficking will we have to witness in the news before we realize that men have been paying for sex for hundreds of years and this cannot be stopped by legislation. However, we can protect the most vulnerable victims by removing the huge monetary incentive that pimps and traffickers have to recruit the girls.

Did we learn nothing from alcohol prohibition? After several years we finally realized that people will find alcohol. All prohibition did was create criminals and terrible human tragedy. Unless we want to live in an authoritarian police state, we should decriminalize consensual activities of all types. Only then can we find the real victims, offer them treatment, and protect them.

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