All the rationales for prohibiting prostitution could apply to the work and life experiences of millions of women in many other types of labor, including the military (rape and PTSD, danger), taxi driving (homicide, rape, robbery, danger), law enforcement (from civilian to sworn officers), domestic servitude (rape, danger, slavery), and so many other jobs and circumstances.
In its 2012 Summary Report, the US government claimed that in 2006, there were an estimated 673,000 college women raped. Should those shocking statistics be used to forbid women from obtaining a higher education? Or would those numbers indicate that more must be done to keep college women safe?
“Progressive” prostitution abolitionists contend that “prostitution is violence against women.” The World Health Organization recently reported its findings on violence against women. According to them, 33% of all women worldwide are victims of violence sometime in their life, with 29% of victims of violence suffering at the hands of their husbands or boyfriends. This means hundreds of millions of women are violently victimized by someone in their life — approximately 869,045,564 victims of violence worldwide, based on the world population estimates.
Prostitution abolitionists also hypothesize that “prostitution is like rape” — although anyone who has ever been raped or sexually assaulted may not agree with that assessment. There is no question that being raped is very traumatic. But is prostitution still “like rape” when the prostitute says: “No, that’s not what’s happening?” Denver Colorado Vice Lieutenant Aaron Sanchez says:
“Prostitutes are not friendly. It’s not like you’re talking to a child-abuse victim or a fifteen-year-old sex assault victim who wants to cry out and wants to explain what happened or is just scared. These girls just flat out say, ‘Nope, that’s not what’s happening.’ We have to help them realize they are victims.”
How do cops intend to “help” us realize we are victims? By arresting us? Putting us in jailwhere we are quite likely to be raped by the staff? Or turned into the “sex slaves” of the sheriff in charge of the jail and sent to solitary confinement if we report the rapes? Or take us off the prison grounds to work as prostitutes for those who run the place?