Illegality is what makes prostitution harmful

Wow. In Chicago, where prostitution is illegal:
  • Roughly 3 percent of tricks performed by independent prostitutes are freebies given to police to avoid arrest.
  • In fact, prostitutes get officially arrested only every 450 tricks or so, meaning that "a prostitute is more likely to have sex with a police officer than to get officially arrested by one."
  • When counting freebies given to gang members, prostitutes do about 1 in 20 tricks to protect their trade.

    Looking at this as a form of tax, it is in fact a very low tax. 1 in 20 tricks equals 5% of income. Consider what the government would take.
  • Customers pay substantially more if they don't have to use a condom, and apparently, condoms are used only 20% of the time.
Radley compares this to Nevada, where he writes that:
  • prostitution is legal;
  • condom use is 100 percent;
  • there's no "protection sex" for the police or gang members; and
  • there hasn't been a single case of HIV since 1988.


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