Update: Proposition K was defeated by the vast majority of votes. This will help law enforcement continue to confront human trafficking in the Bay Area.
I heard mention today that San Francisco was considering legalizing prostitution. I have long thought this should be done, especially in Las Vegas. But it ends up that’s not exactly the case. As a matter of fact, after looking at their plan, it seems like a really bad idea.
It turns out that San Francisco is not talking about legalizing prostitution, they actually can’t because of state laws. But they are looking at decriminalizing it. What’s the difference? Well, they are not saying it’s legal, they are just telling the police to let it slide.
Why do this? It seems that some genius has done the math and figured out that this will free up $11 million in resources for the police department to chase down “real criminals” and follow up on more serious issues.
But taking the step to decriminalize prostitution instead of legalizing it causes a few issues that the citizens of San Francisco, and the rest of the world, need to be concerned about.
First, if you legalize prostitution, not only do pull cops off wasting their time on this, but you also can tax the profession. This could lead to a significant amount of revenue that could be funneled to the city, and even directly to the police department. By just decriminalizing prostitution, the city doesn’t really profit from the business.
Second, legalizing prostitution means being able to regulate prostitution. Rhode Island for example permits prostitution behind closed doors, between two consenting adults. But it maintains laws against street walking prostitutes. I think most can agree that we don’t care if some guy goes online to meet a girl on Craigslist for sex, even if he is paying for it. But we don’t want half-naked women walking up and down the streets in front of our kids. And we sure don’t want our teenage daughters getting hit up by weird guys in cars.
The regulation of prostitutes also means mandatory testing like they do in Nevada. Requiring the prostitutes to undergo monthly STD examinations, helps lower the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Sex Slave Trafficking in San Francisco
There is the other big issue in San Francisco, and that has to do with the amount of sex slaves within the city, primarily in the massage parlors. Young girls are sold into slavery and forced to have sex with countless men, all within one of the biggest cities in the country. The last I heard, the mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsome, had made a pretty big commitment to drive this evil out of the city.
This measure, known as Proposition K, will pretty much kill those efforts. It will also force the local police to turn down federal funds to help fight against sex trafficking in the city of San Francisco. That is unacceptable.
This measure is supported by the San Francisco Democratic Party, which just shows the group ignorance of some local democratic party officials.
I get the idea of the measure; it’s to protect prostitutes from being victimized and not being able to go to police. And it’s to save tax payers money on not busting hookers. But the fact is people do not want hookers walking the streets in their neighborhood.
I’m all for legalizing prostitution, but keep it off the streets, regulate it, and tax it. Legalizing prostitution is a great idea, but we cannot just ignore the people being enslaved within our country. This is America. It would be good for San Francisco Democrats to remember that.
People of San Francisco, Gavin Newsome is a good man, and hardly a prude. I hope that you support him in kicking this ridiculous measure to the curb, where there should not be a hooker.