The problem with legalization

I Google-chatted with a close friend of mine, who is the boyfriend another close friend, a former working girl colleague. He said:

why cant they just legalize it? have the girls tested for stds, make it safe

And that’s where I cut him off. Why shouldn’t clients be tested for sexually transmitted infections? They’re often the ones, as Client 9 has shown us, that ask for condomless sex.

What most people don’t understand is that working girls (and working boys and the transgendered) have a very vested interest in protecting themselves. Infections mean lost time to treatment and recovery, lost time means no work, and no work means no money. We don’t get paid leave or two weeks vacation, you see.

It really doesn’t take a PhD in economics to work out a cost/benefit analysis of condom usage, does it?


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