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当罗德岛意外卖淫合法化强奸和性传播疾病急剧下降

发布日期:2018-09-17 作者:admin

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In the 1980s, concerned that the state statute on prostitution was too broad and could potentially infringe on First Amendment freedoms, lawmakers in Rhode Island decided to make it more explicit by cutting some articles。 They went a bit too far, though, and accidentally removed the section defining the act itself as a crime。 It wasn’;t until 2003 that courts found that they couldn’;t prosecute people for prostitution related felonies。 Six years later, legislators corrected the law, but during this time it was found that public health and safety improved dramatically。 Namely, gonorrhea among women declined by 39 percent, and the number of rapes reported to police in the state declined by 31 percent。

The economics of legalized prostitution

Rhode island rape reports compared with three similar states。 The vertical line in the timeline is when people took notice of the prostitution loophole。 Image: NBER

Rhode island rape reports compared with three similar states。 The vertical line in the timeline is when people took notice of the prostitution loophole。 Image: NBER

The study was reported by Baylor University’;s Scott Cunningham and Manisha Shah of the University of California, Los Angeles and provides the first quantitative evidence that legalizing prostitution, even if by accident, can reduce violence against women and prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases。 The study’;s findings suggest that legalizing prostitution is the best course of action to minimize the risks to society, but some critics argue that prostitution is inherently violent, legal or not, and should be punished in consequence。 The debate is whether prostitutes themselves are criminals or victims to pimps and sex traffickers。

The authors, being economists, did not touch on these issues and only focused on reporting data。 They found, for instance, that most prostitutes were white and Asian women and that their asking prices fell compared to the black market。 It’;s important to mention that streetwalking, pimping and trafficking, remained illegal。 As such, until the law condemning prostitution as a felony was revised, sex workers were operating their services from home and advertising on the internet。

本文源自: AG环亚官网

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