Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris is making waves with her campaign. She has already called for some sort of reparations for black folk. But that was not enough, now she is planning on legalizing one of the oldest professions: prostitution.
“She told The Root last week that she would back decriminalization as long as safeguards remain in place to protect sex workers against exploitation by human traffickers and pimps.
“Harris’ assertion came with a caveat. “I think that we have to understand though that it is not as simple as that,” the California senator said of decriminalization. “There is an ecosystem around [sex work] that includes crimes that harm people and for those issues I do not think that anyone who hurts another human being, or profits off of their exploitation, should be free of criminal prosecution.
But when you’re talking about consensual adults, I think that, yes, we should really consider that we can’t criminalize consensual behavior as long as no one is being harmed. But, at the point that anyone is being harmed or exploited, we have to understand that’s a different matter.”
Harris is not alone in this sentiment as the state of New York is planning to follow her lead.
“…State officials in New York are ready to force the issue. Lawmakers there announced last week that they are working on decriminalization legislation.
“The answer has always been just throw more police at them,” said New York state Sen. Jessica Ramos, who noted the activity under the train platform in Queens. “It hasn’t worked, and we have to start thinking outside the box and being bold enough to demand change.”
“Among those against with the notion that legalization would make prostitution safer is Rachel Moran, an author and former prostitute who argues that when it becomes legal “there is no incentive for the government to provide exit strategies for those who want to get out of it.
“It’s nonsense to say a person can be empowered by allowing their body to be as open to the public as a train or bus station. And consent requires viable choices and alternatives,” Moran has written. “When prostitution is socially endorsed, the market expands. “Where are these new bodies coming from? Young women with choices are not going to say, ‘I’ll go into the sex trade instead of going to college.’ No. Socially disadvantaged young girls are funneled straight into prostitution.”
Should she legalize prostitution, encouraging girls to get into the trade?