Comment 64934

By Brandon (registered) | Posted June 16, 2011 at 17:01:57 in reply to Comment 64926

My number was based on years of observations. Sure you can find out if they are drug addicted. If you question that then you haven't walked the street. Walk King and Barton and take notes. You don't even need to interview, you can clearly see the signs of drug addiction.

Years of observation of a very small subset of prostitutes. The plural of "anecdote" isn't "data".

I never said making prostitution legal won't help prostitutes. I said it won't help a subset of prostitutes. The drug addicted ones, which has a % much higher than 10% on King & Barton Streets.

Your previous comment wasn't very clear and it's easy to misinterpret what you meant. I did the same thing, but going back and reading it now I can see what you meant. The addiction rate of 10% in Holland is in a protected work environment, which means that it isn't the prostitution that pushes them to be addicts. It's likely the environment that they are forced to work under due to the laws restricting their ability to be safe.

BTW, a drug addicted prostitute wouldn't be able to work for a brothel or agency. They wouldn't pass the licensing and medical/health regulations.

True enough, but she could now get help far more easily than she can in the current environment.

So again, legalizing prostitution would have zero impact on the drug addicted ones I pass on a daily basis along King & Barton.

Holland's experiences would say otherwise. Give them a save work environment and it's always possible that things will improve. Denying them help because you think it won't help them isn't a good way to go.

Comment edited by Brandon on 2011-06-16 17:02:42

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