June 12, 2017
That was an investigation that resulted in six arrests of the proprietors of Asian “massage” businesses in Collier, Lee, and Sarasota County. The people arrested were charged with “racketeering” and money laundering and it was alleged they were part of a prostitution “ring”. Everyone assumes it involved “human trafficking”
Prostitution is the world’s oldest profession. There is an assumption that the women involved are victims. That may or may not be true, depending on the circumstances of each individual case. What is true is that where there is “demand”, there will always be supply. Where there are men wanting to have sex and willing to pay for it, there will always be women willing to offer it. The “massage parlors” or “Asian spas” are a classic example. In my view, it should be legal. It is far better to have a “managed” facility than having “hookers” walking up and down State Road 41 where the men run the risk of robbery and disease. In most of the European and South American countries, prostitution is tolerated, if not actually legal. In Las Vegas and in other places in America, it is at a minimum “tolerated”. If prostitution was legalized and regulated, in anything, it would reduce “human trafficking”. Any time you make something that people want “illegal”, all you do is make the situation worse. Take“prohibition”for example. Making liquor illegal created the opportunity for the formation of the “organized crime” families. Making marijuana illegal created the “cartels”. If marijuana had not been criminalized, it would have been locally grown and locally smoked.
If a consenting woman and a consenting man agree to a consenting encounter, whether it is a “hand job”, oral sex or intercourse, why should that be illegal? The Asian Spas are a far better alternative to the street walkers. Men have been paying women for sex since the beginning of recorded history. The real way to reduce crime is to make fewer things a crime. As a sex crime criminal defense attorney, in my opinion, if anything, it would reduce child molestation and rape. Men and women are going to have sex. What is the difference between a man wining and dining a woman who then agrees to have sex with him and the man simply handing her the hundred dollars it cost for dinner. Simply paying for sex is an honest straight forward relationship that has nothing to do false promises or expectation by either party. In my opinion, society needs to be a little less hypocritical and legalize prostitution.