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California Democrats Legalize Child Prostitution

By someone else following x   2017 Feb 21, 2:26pm 4,317 views   98 comments   watch   quote     share  

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/california-democrats-legalize-child-prostitution/article/2610540

Beginning on Jan. 1, prostitution by minors will be legal in California. Yes, you read that right.

SB 1322 bars law enforcement from arresting sex workers who are under the age of 18 for soliciting or engaging in prostitution, or loitering with the intent to do so. So teenage girls (and boys) in California will soon be free to have sex in exchange for money without fear of arrest or prosecution.

This terribly destructive legislation was written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California's state government with a two-thirds "supermajority." To their credit, they are sincere in their belief that decriminalizing underage prostitution is good public policy that will help victims of sex trafficking. Unfortunately, the reality is that the legalization of underage prostitution suffers from the fatal defect endemic to progressive-left policymaking: it ignores experience, common sense and most of all human nature — especially its darker side.

I found this hard to believe, so I looked it up and it appears to be true:
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB1322

Existing law makes it a crime to solicit or engage in any act of prostitution. Existing law makes it a crime to loiter in any public place with the intent to commit prostitution.
This bill would make the above provisions inapplicable to a child under 18 years of age who is alleged to have engaged in conduct that would, if committed by an adult, violate the above provisions.

It does not make it legal for customers to pay children for prostitution, but does legalize the act of prostitution by children. They cannot be charged with any crime for it, and this will be used to encourage children to become prostitutes.

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59 zzyzzx   ignore (2)   2017 Feb 22, 11:14am   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

Obligatory Anthony Weiner comment.

60 MrEd   ignore (0)   2017 Feb 22, 11:22am   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

Because I don't want to see you perish at an early age.

bob2356 says

Why are you so interested in the health of men so depraved they pick up children for sex?

61 MrEd   ignore (0)   2017 Feb 22, 11:23am   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

I'm the one against the california law...remember?

bob2356 says

Why do you have zero concern about the welfare of the children who are victims of these scum?

62 MrEd   ignore (0)   2017 Feb 22, 11:24am   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

See above.

bob2356 says

Don't even try to pull the adhom bullshit copout. Answer the questions.

63 MrEd   ignore (0)   2017 Feb 22, 11:25am   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

You just did.

bob2356 says

The johns could just keep their dick in their pants and they wouldn't have any health concerns from any prostitute. But no, they get in their cars, go get cash, drive to the seediest neighbourhoods, and hunt down women to pay for sex because what the heck, they are the victims. Perfect, you can't make this shit up.

64 MrEd   ignore (0)   2017 Feb 22, 11:27am   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

What comment?

bob2356 says

MrEd says

Not the point.

MrEd claims this comment is ad hominem:

What is the point mr ed? The truth is an ad hominem?

65 curious2   ignore (1)   2017 Feb 22, 11:39am   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

Dan8267 says

If we want the state to end all STDs there is a simple and highly effective way to do so, and it does not involve making or keeping prostitution illegal. The solution is to force everyone for the next 100 years to wear a chastity belt and to divide the population into two groups: those born before Jan 1, 2017 and those born after. No member in either group can mate with a member of the other group, ever. Anyone in either group can mate with unlimited willing partners in the same group.

This will prevent the transmission of STDs. Would you be willing to let the state force you and everyone else to wear a chastity belt and follow this policy? Unless the answer is a resounding yes, your stance is pure hypocrisy.

By the way, I'm all for this solution

Wow, policy is a bit more complicated than that.

First, if you want to end all STDs, the best and simplest solution would be to invest in medical research, which could end all of them in less than a third of the timeline you've described, and at lower cost than what we're currently spending to monetize them via Obamneycare. Both major parties use STDs, which is why they continue to exist. Democrats monetize them via mandatory subsidized insurance to capture constituencies and centralize power. Republicans use them to scare their base into following their preachers, thus consolidating power. Neither major faction wants to invest in ending STDs, because then they would have less power.

The chastity belt policy would not work because the same diseases spread other ways. HSV spreads via kissing, HIV via needles, hepatitis via not washing hands after using the bathroom, etc. People would still get disease, plus maybe injuries or even infections from all those belts.

66 ddshutlz   ignore (0)   2017 Feb 22, 12:44pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

@patrick
Do you know what is horrible? The fact that Patrick seems to think that decriminalizing an unfortunate social problem is the same as legalizing prostitution. Does it seem fair to you that these minors must have a permanent criminal file because of the life circumstances that led them into prostitution ??
Nice way to dramatize facts and lead people into believing your point by playing with words and facts.

67 someone else   ignore (0)   2017 Feb 22, 12:52pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

@ddshutlz Should it be legal in California for children to go into prostitution?

The abomination is that this was even considered as a law.

Children are very impressionable and need to know for a fact that they are not allowed to go into prostitution, and if the do, then they have done something wrong.

If you're worried about their criminal file, simply seal their records. Why is that not a sufficient law? Why actually legalize children sucking dicks for money? It's sick.

68 ddshutlz   ignore (0)   2017 Feb 22, 1:25pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

So do you really think that by marking them as criminals and jailing them they are suddenly going realize that they had it wrong all along?
They would only be treated worse by a criminal justice system that does not care for them. These kids have most likely already been through what you and I have never experienced and you think they deserve to be locked up?
Instead of making illogical laws aimed at punishing and creating fear, why not use our resources to improve the society that creates these kids??

69 bob2356   ignore (1)   2017 Feb 22, 1:27pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

MrEd says

What comment?

The one you flagged as ad hom.

70 justme   ignore (0)   2017 Feb 22, 1:32pm   ↑ like (1)   ↑ dislike (1)     quote        

MrEd says

I'm the one against the california law...remember?

Hey Mr Ed, placing your response in front of the quote is considered bad form. Please add your reply AFTER the quote. What you are doing is akin to putting you cart before your horse, if you catch my drift.

71 someone else   ignore (0)   2017 Feb 22, 1:40pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

ddshutlz says

So do you really think that by marking them as criminals and jailing them they are suddenly going realize that they had it wrong all along?

So do you really think that by telling them that they have done nothing wrong they are suddenly going to realize they have done something wrong?

They need to know that:

1. it's illegal for them to do it, and their pimp is lying to them if he says it's legal (sadly, the pimps are currently telling the truth)
2. there will be some consequence that they do not like, not necessarily juvie

Without those, you're aiding and abetting child prostitution.

ddshutlz says

why not use our resources to improve the society

Who ever argued against improving society? Not I.

72 bob2356   ignore (1)   2017 Feb 22, 1:41pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

Patrick says

@ddshutlz Should it be legal in California for children to go into prostitution?

The abomination is that this was even considered as a law.

Children are very impressionable and need to know for a fact that they are not allowed to go into prostitution, and if the do, then they have done something wrong.

If you're worried about their criminal file, simply seal their records. Why is that not a sufficient law? Why actually legalize children sucking dicks for money? It's sick.

WTF? The cops don't drive by, say oh that one's under 18 let's wave and say have a nice night. They take them in. The change in the law takes them out of the criminal court system and puts them in the social court system. Which is a lot more appropriate place for a kid that has gotten so screwed up they are involved in prostitution. What don't you get about that?

What is your obsession with a criminal record? The goal, at least most peoples goal you may be an exception, is to help them get out of trouble.

73 bob2356   ignore (1)   2017 Feb 22, 1:44pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

Patrick says

So do you really think that by telling them that they have done nothing wrong they are suddenly going to realize they have done something wrong?

A teenager turning tricks on the street damn well knows they have done something wrong. What they don't know is what to do about it and how to get out of it.

74 someone else   ignore (0)   2017 Feb 22, 1:55pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

bob2356 says

A teenager turning tricks on the street damn well knows they have done something wrong.

Nope. Especially not if their pimp (correctly) tells them it's legal.

Being teens, they think they're just smart.

75 Dan8267   ignore (3)   2017 Feb 22, 2:10pm   ↑ like (1)   ↑ dislike (1)     quote        

YesYNot says

Dan8267 says

Why would you think that a 14-year-old cannot consent to sex? I was 14 years old once, and I was not only willing to have sex, but desperate to do so.

I think we already had this conversation. Marcus brought up some good points regarding mental development.

The mental development of a person doesn't suddenly change when you replace one potential sex partner with another one of a different age. If a 14-year-old cannot consent to sex with an 18-year-old, then that 14-year-old cannot consent to sex with another 14-year-old, and thus both 14-year-olds would be rapists if they have sex.

This is a direct consequence of the nonsensical notion that 14-year-olds are mentally incapable of having consensual sex. You only have three choices.
1. Reject the baseless premise that a 14-year-old cannot consent to sex.
2. Accept that two teenagers having sex are both rapists even if they are in love, enjoying the sex, and end up happily married afterwards.
3. Accept a position that is inherently self-contradictory, in which case you are, by mathematical necessity, absolutely wrong. There is no way to accept the premise and reject the inescapable conclusion of that premise.

I have no respect for anyone who takes option 3. If your position is not self-consistent, then it is wrong and you are a fool for not realizing this. I can respect vastly different opinions and judgement calls, but not direct and obvious self-contradiction, and neither should anyone else.

76 Dan8267   ignore (3)   2017 Feb 22, 2:16pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

YesYNot says

There is an argument that prostitution harms society in some ways.

Well, let's go over the arguments...

1. it increases the amount of disease and the prevalence of an activity increases the number of other people doing said activity.

Prostitution does not transmit STDs. Sex does. The act of paying for sex does not. It is the act of paying for the sex that is illegal, not the sex itself. Therefore, if the goal is to prevent STDs, then sex, not commerce, should be illegal.

Furthermore, keeping prostitution illegal greatly increases STD infection. Legalizing and regulating prostitution would greatly decrease the spread of STDs. So if the people making this argument were doing so sincerely, then they would be advocating the legalization and regulation of prostitution immediately upon hearing this. However, they don't change their minds, indicating that this is a false argument meant to justify laws that they cannot justify with the real reasons behind the laws.

2. It also increases health care costs to some degree, and it can increase the amount of disease in society, which can harm people who were not taking part in prostitution.

Again, legalizing and regulating would decrease health care costs. Also, taxing prostitution with existing sales taxes would more than pay for any socialized costs of prostitution and then some many times over.

Furthermore, there are a great number of things that greatly increase general costs of society, the greatest of which is having children. If this argument were sincere, there would be laws limiting the number of children people can have, and requiring financial and mental health standards to be met by parents before having children.

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77 Dan8267   ignore (3)   2017 Feb 22, 2:24pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

Feel free to present any more arguments about general social harm. I doubt there are any you or anyone else can think of that will hold water simply because such arguments are not genuine. They are attempts to grasp at any straw because the real reasons people want prostitution to be illegal are so blatantly unjustifiable that admitting what those real reasons are would cause any rational person to demand that prostitution be legal.

So what are the real reasons behind anti-prostitution laws? What are the honest reasons why people advocate locking up prostitutes and their clients?

1. Religion - America is a sexually repressed, religious society. Religion hates pleasurable sex. It motivates people in a way that the clerics cannot control. This is the same reason that government hates the Internet and does it damnest to control it.

2. Decreasing value of pussy - The more prostitution, porn, and/or sex robots / virtual sex there is in a society, the less men, especially young men, are forced to submit to any demand in order to get sex. You can make men work themselves to death in coal mines if it's the only way to get pussy. You can use them as cannon fodder in unjust wars if "serving your country" gets you pussy. But if pussy in any form, even artificial substitutes, is freely available, men start to behave in their own financial, social, and political self-interests (think red pill) rather than giving into any demands for a piece of pussy. This means less control over men and less ability to economically and militarily exploit them by both the government and by women.

3. Restricting liberty - By outlawing certain victimless and harmless activities like pot usage and prostitution, political parties can stop people from voting, and thus they can maintain their power even though the vast majority of people want them out of office. Those more likely to want them out of office, i.e. those who love liberty, are least likely to be allowed to vote.

78 Dan8267   ignore (3)   2017 Feb 22, 2:26pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

4. Pseudo-morality - Morality is built on the pillars of cooperation and reciprocity and fundamentally deals with issues of not harming others and helping others in need. However, a lot of people have very perverse ideas of morality that have nothing to do with these things and everything to do with cultural taboos. These people consider prostitution to be immoral -- it isn't in any way -- and want to see it outlawed as such.

79 ddshutlz   ignore (0)   2017 Feb 22, 2:27pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

Patrick, we are not trying to fix 5-year-old kids.....
This problem can be better dealt with sensible laws and programs and not by putting these kids in the hands of the police.

80 Dan8267   ignore (3)   2017 Feb 22, 2:30pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

curious2 says

Wow, policy is a bit more complicated than that.

I was illustrating a principle to demonstrate that an argument made by an opponent was neither a sincere representation of their position nor a practical way of solving the problem they claim to be trying to solve with their advocated policy. Consider it a thought experiment. It won't ever be run in real life, but it still illustrates a principle.

81 Dan8267   ignore (3)   2017 Feb 22, 2:33pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

curious2 says

The chastity belt policy would not work because the same diseases spread other ways. HSV spreads via kissing, HIV via needles, hepatitis via not washing hands after using the bathroom, etc. People would still get disease, plus maybe injuries or even infections from all those belts.

It is true that not all STDs will be 100% stopped by that mechanism. However, many will and the ones that won't will be diminished so much that wiping them outright will become possible. So as a pragmatic solution, it would still work. Of course, it will never be implemented due to political opposition by most people, but that demonstrates the insincerity of the argument that we should throw people in prison, strip search them, body cavity search them, and make them suffer terribly in order to slow down the spread of STDs in a manner that is so small that it has never even been measured.

82 Dan8267   ignore (3)   2017 Feb 22, 2:34pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

Patrick says

Children are very impressionable and need to know for a fact that they are not allowed to go into prostitution, and if the do, then they have done something wrong.

Adolescents are not children, and if you want to protect either or both, then attacking them and throwing them into cages is not a productive strategy.

83 someone else   ignore (0)   2017 Feb 22, 2:35pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

How about restricting sex (somehow) to certain age bands? So, say, people born from 1990 to 2000 can have sex only with people from that same decade.

Sexually transmitted diseases would die out quickly.

Of course this is not a serious strategy, since it's impossible to control who has sex with whom. But it would definitely work.

84 Dan8267   ignore (3)   2017 Feb 22, 2:37pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

Patrick says

they have done something wrong.

Can you demonstrate any of the following?
1. It is wrong (morally or by any other definition) for an adolescent to have sex.
2. It is wrong for that adolescent to receive something of monetary value, say jewelry, in formal or informal exchange for that sex.
3. It is wrong for that exchanged good to be money specifically. And why so.

These are not assumptions that can be just given without justification. They need just cause or they should be rejected by default.

85 Dan8267   ignore (3)   2017 Feb 22, 2:41pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

Patrick says

If you're worried about their criminal file, simply seal their records. Why is that not a sufficient law?

No adolescent, or child or adult for that matter, should be subjected to arrest, strip search, body cavity search, imprisonment, violence for any kind of resisting, public humiliation, legal fees, or loss of freedom for doing a natural activity that harms no one, is essentially a human right, is none of the state's or other people's business, and does not in any way violate the rights of others.

There are people who think that drinking is immoral, and that's clearly harmful to society. Should everyone who drinks a beer be arrested and prosecuted in order to prevent the few who can't handle it or are underage from ever having a beer? If not for all the legal purchases of beer, there would not be stores selling beer, and thus minors could not buy it with fake ID. But should we outlaw beer?

86 Dan8267   ignore (3)   2017 Feb 22, 2:48pm   ↑ like (1)   ↑ dislike (1)     quote        

ddshutlz says

So do you really think that by marking them as criminals and jailing them they are suddenly going realize that they had it wrong all along?

Jails and prisons are colleges for criminals. Throw a young person in a jail or prison and they will almost certainly become worse.
1. They will have to join a gang to survive.
2. They will adopt the prison culture, which is violent and anti-social.
3. They will become bitter, and rightfully so, and resentful for their unjust treatment. This will make them anti-social and more likely to commit violent crimes when they are released.

The entire U.S. prison system is design to maximize recidivism and thus profits. Sweden does prisons right. Swedish prisons are not used to punish people but rather to rehabilitate them.

And you know what? It works.

European countries have realized that the purpose of a prison system isn't vengeance, but rather rehabilitation, and they do what they can to fix the social problems that cause crime and turn criminals into productive, well-adjusted members of society. Unfortunately, the U.S. is too spiteful to be this wise.

87 Dan8267   ignore (3)   2017 Feb 22, 2:54pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

Speaking of Europe, Sweden and Norway sound like great societies.

88 someone else   ignore (0)   2017 Feb 22, 3:02pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

Dan8267 says

The entire U.S. prison system is design to maximize recidivism and thus profits.

So you agree with the proposal to end private prisons, right?

https://patrick.net/1303280/2017-02-22-ban-private-prisons

89 Dan8267   ignore (3)   2017 Feb 22, 3:25pm   ↑ like (1)   ↑ dislike (1)     quote        

Patrick says

So you agree with the proposal to end private prisons, right?

Absolutely. Private prisons are thinly veiled slavery and public tax dollar embezzlement. They often result in deliberate false convictions, i.e. convicting a person known to be innocent.

90 Dan8267   ignore (3)   2017 Mar 3, 8:51pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        


Believe it or not, brothels were widespread and prostitution largely legal up until the end of World War II.

91 APOCALYPSEFUCK_is_ADORABLE   ignore (5)   2017 Mar 3, 9:05pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

All of Norway should be stuffed in wedding dresses and chained to a pipe in prison showers to learn about FREE!dom.

92 RealEstateIsBetterThanStocks   ignore (1)   2017 Mar 3, 9:06pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

it was outlawed so the gov could lure more people into marriages, which are a wealth-transfer scam.

93 FortWayne   ignore (1)   2017 Mar 3, 9:09pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

Dan8267 says

It's more than that. A person stealing a loaf of bread is doing another person harm, even if that harm is justified by preventing a far greater harm. A person engaging in prostitution, not sex trafficking, is not doing harm. Some people will have pseudo-moral or religious objections to the activity, but it is not harming others and it is not violating the rights of others

Dan you have no idea what you are talking about. There is real measurable harm to society that comes from prostitution, especially with children.

94 Dan8267   ignore (3)   2017 Mar 3, 9:19pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

FortWayne says

There is real measurable harm to society that comes from prostitution, especially with children.

Then show me that measurement and the evidence to back it up. I've got evidence to back up that making prostitution illegal harms people. For example, criminalizing prostitution results in more violence and more rape precisely because criminalization creates a black market.

You can whine all you want that I don't know what I'm talking about, but I'm the only one here presenting actual evidence. You demonstrate your ignorance every time you make an assertion you cannot back up with real world evidence. Evidence is all that matters.

95 iwog   ignore (1)   2017 Mar 3, 10:26pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

It's actually indisputable that God is a pedophile. Otherwise why would he make teenage girls sexually mature and grown men sexually driven to acquire them?

96 Dan8267   ignore (3)   2017 Mar 3, 11:21pm   ↑ like (0)   ↑ dislike (0)     quote        

And why would he be watching everyone take a dump?

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