Let’s Not Pick and Choose Our Freedoms
Prostitution has been illegal in California for 145 years. But for the first time, judges appear to be considering overturning the law.
In the past, challenges to the law have been outright dismissed. But now judges have agreed to take a closer look at the California law.
“Why should it be illegal to sell something that it’s legal to give away?” A judge asked in court.
And he has a point. We shouldn’t limit other people’s freedom, no matter how distasteful it seems. It may offend you. But that is no reason to stop other people from doing what they want.
And while many would seek to equate prostitution to human trafficking, these are two separate issues. In fact, it may be easier to focus on human trafficking if prostitution were legal. Resources which currently waste time picking up the same prostitutes and cycling them through the courts could be redirected to catching actual traffickers.
And legal prostitutes in the industry could then shed light on illicit activities involving trafficking if they didn’t have to fear being prosecuted for prostitution itself.