Is Prostitution A Victimless Crime?

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 15th Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/q0mibo8q/
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A victimless crime, according to the legal dictionary, is a crime where there are no apparent victims and no apparent pain or injury inflicted upon anyone. Victimless crimes are a class of crimes that involve consenting adults involved in acts like prostitution and gaming. The question facing us here is, is prostitution truly a victimless crime.

Should Prostitution Be A Crime?

Prostitution, the exchanging of money for sex between consenting adults, constitutes a crime in only ten countries around the world—The United States, India, Argentina, and in some Muslim and Communist countries. Prostitution is illegal in the United States with the exception of 10 counties in the State of Nevada. Prostitution is legal in more places than it is a crime. It is not considered a crime when it takes place between consenting adults. The authorities believe that there are no victims as long as the sex is consensual acts between adults.
At first glance, the religious arguments not withstanding, prostitution does appear to be a victimless crime. Digging deeper into “The Life”, one discovers that there are victims after all.

Who Are the Real Victims Of These Victimless Crimes?

According to a fact sheet issued by Melissa Farley, PhD of Prostitution Research & Education, the prostitutes themselves are the real victims. Melissa said that "prostitution is sexual harassment, rape, battering, verbal abuse, domestic violence, a racist practice, a violation of human rights, childhood sexual abuse, a consequence of male domination of women and a means of maintaining male domination of women." She claims that, “All prostitution causes harm to women.”

Prostitutes Are the Vicitms of Rapes and Physical Assaults.

Sixty-two percent of prostitutes reported having been raped. Seventy-eight percent of the prostitutes seeking help from the Council for Prostitution Alternative in 1991 reported having been raped an average of 16 times a year by their pimps and 33 times a year by their Johns. Rape, forced sex, is still a crime even when committed on a prostitution.
According to the fact sheet released by Melissa Farley, PhD of Prostitution Research & Education, 73 percent of the prostitutes interviewed reported having been physically assaulted, 83 percent reported that there had been a weapon involved in the assault. Most had reported having been robbed by their johns on numerous occasions.

Homelessness, Suicides and Wanting Out of the Life.

  • Seventy-two percent of the prostitutes interview reported having been homeless before entering the life. They entered the life to get a place to live.
  • Seventy-five percent of the women in escort services had attempted suicide on one or more occasions.
  • Ninety-two percent of the prostitutes interviewed by the Prostitution Research & Education Institution wanted out of prostitution immediately.
  • Sixty-five to seventy-percent of the prostitute had been involved in incest before becoming prostitutes.

As you can see from these statistics, the prostitutes themselves are the real victims of this victimless crime.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
15th Apr 2011 (#)

Good facts on Prostitution.

I guess one could prove that the women are victims... ask them if they could make the same money doing something else.. would they?

Also many kids are victims too, as I understand it some women prostitute themselves out of their home, with kids present (although not necessarily in the room but aware), as well throughout history and in other nations - abortion or baby killing is common since babys are rather unwanted by products of prostitution.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Apr 2011 (#)

Mark, prostitutes that are independent are in the minority. The vast majority of street prostitutes have a Pimp and the majority of the money they make goes to their Pimp. A street prostitute who refuses to work for a pimp usually has a very serious accident. Pimps beating up, disfiguring, and even killing girls who refuse to give them their money doesn't just happen in the movies, it happens in real life. Girls that work out of houses of prostitution give their money to the house manager. The same applies for those that work as escort for an escort service.

I'm against abortions too Mark but it's not all that common with prostitutes because their pimps make sure they are on some type of contraceptive.

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author avatar mountainside
15th Apr 2011 (#)

...This is a very sad situation, that some women are driven to do what they do to earn money. It is very dangerous and a lot of them get killed. There is a total loss of self-esteem and self worth. But I would guess that you could add masochism to the mix as
well. Money also beomes a master force in choices. Very interesting article. Thank you.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you mountainside.

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author avatar Denise O
15th Apr 2011 (#)

Jerry, you have made some very valid points. As a woman, I find that yes, it does hurt someone as you have clearly pointed out, most of the time it is the woman doing the prostitution. Having been from the streets as a young girl, I saw so many young girls and boys doing just this. Yes, they might have thought it was easy money at first but, I saw it chip away at their souls, day by day. I could have easily went this way. I was alone, on the streets and it would have gotten me off the streets faster. I am just glad, I had the moral compass to just say no. Sadly, a lot do not. Great read my friend. Thank you for sharing,:)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
15th Apr 2011 (#)

Yes, Denise, Pimps played on the young homeless girls, pulling them into their stable of girls, offering them a place to live and fancy clothes as enticements. The real villains here are the pimps and they should declare open season on them.

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author avatar Carol
15th Apr 2011 (#)

Jerry what an amazing article! I feel that most prostitutes are victims, and have crimes of violence committed against them, with very little reward, except for their pimp. Thanks for highlighting it.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
16th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Carol.

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author avatar Songbird B
16th Apr 2011 (#)

Powerful article, Jerry... It opens up a field of discussion on a hot controversial subject, even here in the UK....

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author avatar Jerry Walch
16th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Songbird

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author avatar joan marie
16th Apr 2011 (#)

I think what two consenting adults do is their business, but it doesn't stay between consenting adults, Kind of a Catch 22 in a way. Something to think about the fact that we are only one of ten countries that it's illegal. I didn't know that. jm

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author avatar Jerry Walch
16th Apr 2011 (#)

Very true JM. The fact that prostitution is illegal in the United states except for a handful of counties in Nevada deprives the prostitute from turning to the police for help when she is robbed, beaten or raped.

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author avatar Paul Lines
16th Apr 2011 (#)

A very good and objective article Jerry. With prostitutes, as you rightly say, being the victims, one has to consider who the perpetrators are, because I guess they are not just those who pay for the service. Well done on another great article. Paul

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author avatar Jerry Walch
16th Apr 2011 (#)

You are right Paul. Society as a whole could be deemed the perpetrators because society treat prostitutes as less than human in this country. In countries where prostitution is legal they receive equal protection of the law, medical care, etc. but not here in the United States.

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author avatar AlekNovy
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Farley, Melissa: American neofeminist (born 1942) skilled at creating bogus “studies” designed to produce anti-prostitution, anti-porn and anti-BDSM results.  Farley utilizes such tactics as interviewing streetwalkers in jails and rehab facilities, discarding the responses which do not conform to her beliefs (see denial), and then fallaciously applying the results to all prostitutes.  Whenever a prohibitionist starts quoting statistics, one can be sure that the name “Farley” will appear prominently in the list of sources.

-courtesy of the honest courtesan, Maggie McNeill at wordpress

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Well, this comment is out of context since, if you had actually read what I had written, you would have known that I had not written it from a prohibitionist point of view.

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author avatar Blossom S
17th Apr 2011 (#)

it maybe not crime, but it's not fair to women. xx

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Apr 2011 (#)

In countries, which are the majority of countries around the world, women make the choice to becomes prostitutes of their own free will and they receive the full protection of the law. To play the devil's advocate, Blossom, a very wise professor once told his students that no one will ever be able to legislate human sexuality. In other words, no one has the right to tell consulting adults what they can and cannot do with their bodies, only they have the right to decide that. Not fair to women? If you mean the women in "The Life", only they can decide what is fair for them.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Hello Jerry, Masterful content and spectacular graphic material, your photographic skill shines through. Your admiring followers have said it all, thank you my friend.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you Tranquilpen.

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author avatar Jonathan
17th Apr 2011 (#)

I think it should be illegal to sell sex on the streets, but that brothels should be legal. That way it would be easier to control, or even stop, human trafficing, and the prostitutes would be in a more safe environment and have the rights you mentioned. A legal brothel would be like any other business, and more attractive to women than the streets and mafia-run illegal brothels.
Or there should be a secret police force to deal with pimps in a secret way.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Apr 2011 (#)

You are absolutely correct in your thinking Jonathan and that is how it is in most countries around the world except for a handful.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Very eye-opening coverage of a very controversial subject.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Apr 2011 (#)

Thank you my friend.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
18th Apr 2011 (#)

Very well written, thoughtful and informative. You are right on the mark here, Jerry.

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author avatar Jill Vance
21st Apr 2011 (#)

I agree that often the prostitutes are the victims. I saw Cynthia Payne interviewed and she said, "without prostitutes there would be more rape and violence" and she convinced me.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
21st Apr 2011 (#)

Cynthia was right, Jill.

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author avatar Greenfaol
26th Apr 2011 (#)

A great article. The UK also has laws against prostitution and brothels, both are classed as crimes here.
I think the human traffic angle is the worst part. Girls (as young as 12) brought from E European countries to the West, told they'll be models, then force-injected with heroine to keep them pliant before being gang raped is completely inhumane in every sense of the word. This is one of the worst crimes I have heard of.
I do think the report you refer to misses out on the male aspect too though. boys (called rent boys in the UK) are just as much victims as women and the majority of women (many girls, not even women) do not choose to go into prostitution, it is forced upon them and, as you say, they cannot go to the police.
We do need to re-think our law on this. it really is not a simple case of two adults exchanging money for sex, this is a very uninformed view and I'm really glad you point out that very few cases are like this.
Great work, Jerry xx

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author avatar Jerry Walch
26th Apr 2011 (#)

Thanks Norma.

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author avatar The Myth of Sex Trafficking
27th Jun 2011 (#)

There is a growing number of well respected researchers, journalists, scientists, professors, that have concluded in their research that the sex trafficking, sex slavery concept is based on emotion, morals, and monetary funding rather than facts, evidence and proof. They state that very few kidnapped, forced against their will, physically abused, raped sex slave prostitutes for profit have been found throughout the world. Their research concludes that women who enter into this type of work do so of their own free will.

They also state that there are many anti-prostitution groups who simply do not like the idea of consensual adult prostitution and have distorted the facts in order to push their agenda and receive funding and money into their organizations in the form of donations, grants and to change the laws about prostitution. They state that these anti-prostitution groups use made up child sex trafficking statistics which they have no proof or evidence of in order to gain public acceptance for their cause. Which they then pass onto the mainstream media as press releases.
Here are links about some these reports:

http://sextraffickingtruths.blogspot.com/

http://bebopper76.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/sex-trafficking-lies-myths/

http://the-myth-of-sex-trafficking.weebly.com/

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author avatar The Myth of Sex Trafficking
27th Jun 2011 (#)

Sex trafficking is illegal and the penalties are very severe. It is very difficult to force someone to be a sex slave, they would have to have 24 hour guards posted and be watched 365 days a year, 24 hours per day. Have the threat of violence if they refused, and have no one notice and complain to the authorities or police. They would need to hide from the general public yet still manage to see customers from the general public and not have the customers turn the traffickers in to the police. They would need to provide them with medical care, food, shelter, and have all their basic needs met. They would need to have the sex slaves put on a fake front that they enjoyed what they were doing, act flirtatious and do their job well. They would have to deal with the authorities looking for the missing women, and hide any money they may make, since it comes from illegal activity. They must do all of this while constantly trying to prevent the sex slaves from escaping and reporting them to the police. They would need to prevent the general public from reporting them into the police.
This is extremely difficult to do, which makes this activity rare. There is a lot of controversy over the numbers of adult woman who are forced sex slaves. The real factual answer is that no one knows. There is hard evidence that the sex slavery/sex trafficking issue continues to report false information and is greatly exaggerated by politicians, the media, and aid groups, feminist and religious organizations that receive funds from the government, The estimate of adult women who become new sex slaves ranges anywhere from 40 million a year to 5,000 per year all of which appear to be much too high. They have no evidence to back up these numbers, and no one questions them about it. Their sources have no sources, and are made up numbers. In fact if some of these numbers are to believed which have either not changed or have been increased each year for the past twenty years, all woman on earth would currently be sex slaves. Yet, very few real forced against their will sex slaves have been found.

Below are the few brave souls that told the truth in the media:
Sex Trafficking in Sports Events links:
Dallas TV News show about super bowl sex slave myth:

http://www.wfaa.com/sports/football/super-bowl/Super-Bowl-prostitution-prediction-has-no-proof--114983179.html

Dallas Newspaper article:

http://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-01-27/news/the-super-bowl-prostitute-myth-100-000-hookers-won-t-be-showing-up-in-dallas/
http://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-03-03/news/super-bowl-prostitution-100-000-hookers-didn-t-show-but-america-s-latest-political-scam-did/
http://www.dallasobserver.com/2011-03-03/news/sex-traffick911-press-release/

Official Lies About Sex-Trafficking Exposed: It's now clear that anti-prostitution groups used fake data to deceive the media and lie to Congress. And it was all done to score free publicity and a wealth of public funding

http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-03-23/news/women-s-funding-network-sex-trafficking-study-is-junk-science/

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author avatar Goodpal
29th Jun 2011 (#)

Organized prostitution runs like an industry associated with all the "industrial" hazards. Then the important human touch is gone and exploitation and money become supreme. Also, trafficking becomes supply of "raw material" and the acts of transforming innocent souls into finished goods become a "process" which may involve anything - right from mild threat to violence or gang rape.

The concept of prostitution as "the exchanging of money for sex between consenting adults" is an ideal or text book situation. People have all sorts of morbid ideas about "sex". It is another "hazard" the prostitutes have to be ready for after accepting money.

Legalizing it only eliminates the potential fear of authorities and legal punishment, but does not solve the basic issues that lead women to opt for it.

As Denise has put it aptly "it chip away at their souls, day by day", there is certainly a victim there unless the authorities are blind.

Thanks Jerry, for a well presented article.

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author avatar gina-gee
27th Aug 2011 (#)

Another great article. When working with children in care in the UK many young girls were seduced into gangs who became their so called family and then sent them out to work on the streets. They became hooked on drugs and had little means of escape
Here in Spain prostitution is legal and we have 'clubs' where men can go to meet the girls. However we still have certain roads where the girls stand and I always feel so sorry for them because they are so vulnerable and at risk.

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author avatar Mark
28th Nov 2011 (#)

There would be a great reduction in pimps if they would just legalize and regulate prostitution. Look at the bunny ranches is Nevada; those women are paid well, have security, no pimps, and must undergo weekly std testing.

When will society learn that criminalizing something like drugs and prostitution just drives it into the black market, and makes it much less safe than it would be in a regulated market?

It's the people who have "moral" convictions that are responsible for making small problems even worse. Your morals are indirectly responsible for the pimps, rapists, trafficked women, and drug dealers.

Want to eliminate the criminal element? Legalize, end of story.

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author avatar Mallory
22nd Jan 2012 (#)

When a prostitute is raped, it is no longer a issue of prostitution. If someone decides to be a prostitute and does it because they want (or have) too, that is completely tbeir choice and there is no victim. If the person is underage, of if they are forced into it, then there is a victim. People always seem to overlook the fact that some of these people do it because they WANT to. If right this moment I went outside and sold my body, then who would the victim be? It wouldn't be me if i had willingly made the choice to do it and wanted to do it.

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