Well, how about that then, eh?

Most governments in the world, including the United States, prohibit sex work.Given these types of laws rarely change and are fairly uniform across regions, our knowledge about the impact of decriminalizing sex work is largely conjectural. We exploit the fact that a Rhode Island District Court judge unexpectedly decriminalized indoor sex work to provide causal estimates of the impact of decriminalization on the composition of the sex market, reported rape offenses, and sexually transmit-ted infections. While decriminalization increases the size of the indoor sex market, reported rape offenses fall by 30 percent and female gonorrhea incidence declines by over 40 percent.

11 thoughts on “Well, how about that then, eh?”

  1. “female gonorrhea incidence declines by over 40 percent”

    Because hookers insist on condoms.

    Prostitution laws are protectionism by wives (and would-be wives) to remove competition for sex. They don’t like to say that, of course.

  2. Hookers mostly insist on condoms. But hookers who are known to indulge in unprotected sex (And believe me, word very quickly goes round. There isn’t a punter born can keep his trap shut) are pariahs with working girls. And hookers get regular medical checks. The places they work insist on it. If you permit them to have places to work.
    If you really must dip your wick, away from home, a hooker working in an establishment is your safest bet. The easy lay you pick up in a bar is Russian roulette. You won’t be the first one to pick her up. Possibly by several hundred..

  3. Philip Scott Thomas

    For me, the most interesting bit of the article was the one discussing the drop in the number of reported rapes:

    ‘That, she says is harder to answer. She has a theory, though, in that while she knows for some men rape is about power, “I think the argument that we’re making is that that might not be true for all men, and for some, these activities could be substitutes.”

    ‘In other words, for some men, rape may be just about sex. And if there’s a legal and accessible market for it, the number of rapes in a community may go down.

    ‘This has not been a popular theory or study. And for many, it challenges the notion that rape is about violence and power, and not sex.

    ‘”So I consider myself a feminist, but I think this finding angers a lot of feminists,” Shah said. “It is a very controversial idea.”‘

    Talk about up-ending a long-held tenet of feminism. Wow.

  4. Prostitution has been legal here for some time. There are various brothels around the place, as well as the usual working girls operating out of an apartment arrangement.

    Apparently the brothel industry is taking a bit of a hit from online advertising as girls don’t see the point in paying to work in a brothel when they can keep their own hours and keep what they own elsewhere. The move away from brothels is, interestingly, linked into the legality of prostitution as you don’t have to pay someone to look after you when you can simply give the police a ring if there are any problems.

    I haven’t yet seen any part of the sky fall on anybody’s heads since legalisation either.

  5. Prostitution is legal in the UK. It is brothels, soliciting and control by a third party (pimp for want of a better word) which are not.

    To support James in NZ on th future of brothels see adultwork dot com.

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