“Part of me feels that sexual relations between consenting adults, transactional or not, are nobody’s business but their own.”
Richard Branson in The Pros and Cons of Legalized Prostitution [virgin.com]
I agree. Legalize it. Regulate it. Tax it. and so forth so on. As long as people are adult and consenting and no one is being hurt the act itself should not be illegal. Of course this does not change anything related to the illegality of underage prostitution, sexual violence or slavery or human trafficking, as Branson goes on to say in the next sentence:
“At the same time, I am just as appalled as everybody else by the global extent of human trafficking and sexual slavery that continue to be a significant part of the sex trade”
My stance is based on the right to privacy, as I said back in 2006 [confusion.cc]:
I believe that congress should make no laws limiting what consenting adults can do in the privacy of their homes or what they can and cannot do with their bodies. I believe we may need to amend the constitution to enshrine this law
I think the right to privacy covers not only prostitution (in their own home or a hotel) but also homosexuality and most other things which are banned as “crimes against nature” under archaic laws. Even use of recreational drugs that don’t cause harm (we do need to count the cost to the state and family or “hard” drugs here as part of “no one is being hurt”.
“The best way to regulate is to line the banks up occasionally and shoot one of them.”
“One former regulator” quoted in One regulator to rule them all [economist.com] in The Economist
A bit Wild West but in sure it will go down well with the voters.