I stumbled across this article on CNN:
and I said to myself, that's silly. Then I visited craigslist, and there is quite a bit of stuff there advertising casualÂ yadda yadda, sounds like sex for sale to me. After all, when you are looking for something more lasting than one night, you express that. when you are female, and you make a veiled invitation on a message board, doesn't that look like a business proposition rather than a lonely heart note?
I guess the tradition of dressing up in some exotic costume and walking around some streetcorners has morphed into more sophisticated advertising on the 'net.Â I suppose it's still technically illegal, but if law enforcement wants to shut it down, they are going to have to perform a sting on each and every person advertising intimate massages- seems unrealistic to think that lawenforcement can do that.
I spent a moment thinking about this eye-opener. On one level, I am not a prudish person. But on another level, this seems fraught with problems. College student female seeks a reliable means of income providing brief companionship for a fee to unmarried males. That's creepy enough. But what if the client is married? What if the female is underage? What if it gives rise to child prostitution rings? What if someone ends up raped or murdered? You knowÂ it's easy to say that marijuana use is fine because it is not a deadly drug. But then a miserably ugly trade grows up around this technically illegal pursuit, and policemen are corrupted and innocent citizens murdered in vast numbers in Mexico. This is the world we live in. It's easy to say no vicitim no crime, but the real world is notÂ that simple.
I understand that sex is a human need. But you have to earn it in other ways, not just by paying for it. There will be more and more economic pressure in the coming years for this activity. More people out of a job, more people with no health insurance, struggling to keep an apartment or a home. We better decide this now. Is it okay for people to do sex favors for cash, or is it not okay? If it is in fact not okay, let's not allow people to advertise it on the web.