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Elizabeth Warren Supports Sex Trafficking?

Prostitution, or as some modern progressives prefer to call it, “sex work, has often been called the world’s oldest profession. Almost every culture in world history has had people of both sexes who rent their bodies out for money. Except in Nevada, where prostitution is legal albeit highly regulated, prostitution has been illegal in the United States. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, a candidate for president of the United States, would like to change that state of affairs.

David Weigel of the Washington Post tweeted that Warren is open to decriminalizing sex work, as she refers to it. Her full statement runs as follows:

“I’m open to decriminalization. Sex workers, like all workers, deserve autonomy, but they are particularly vulnerable to physical and financial abuse and hardship. We need to make sure we don’t undermine legal protections for the most vulnerable, including millions of individuals who are victims of human trafficking each year.”

The idea of decriminalizing prostitution is actually shared by a number of Democratic presidential candidates. The Washington Examiner reports that Sen. Cory Booker, N.J., Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii, Sen. Kamala Harris, Calif., and Rep. Seth Moulton, Mass. would also like to see the world’s oldest profession made legal. Less than 24 hours after Warren made her announcement, Bernie Sanders also suggested that he was open to decriminalization.

For Sanders to be in favor of decriminalizing prostitution is a little bizarre. Most people who favor legal sex work are libertarians since the change appeals to both their support of individual freedom and capitalism. Bernie Sanders is a socialist and no fan of liberty. Perhaps he is thinking that prostitutes would work for the government, as part of the Medicare for All scheme.

Warren’s voting record does not suggest someone who is open to having working girls (and presumably boys) ply their trade without being pestered by law enforcement. According to the Washington Examiner, “In the past, Warren had voted to ban websites used by prostitutes to screen clients. She also supported legislation that would push banks to close the accounts of suspected human traffickers, though critics said it would close the accounts of suspected prostitutes as well.”

The proposal to remove criminal penalties for prostitution is likely to be contentious. Those who are against having sex work legal contend that it will subject more women to abuse and exploitation. Decriminalization would increase sex trafficking along with all of the attended social evils. It would also, in the view of opponents, encourage the breakup of marriages as people will have less dangerous access to professionals for their sexual gratification.

Proponents maintain that decriminalization would have the opposite effect. The government would be able to regulate sex work, setting health standards, and preventing abuse and exploitation by pimps. As a bonus, the government can slap a tax on sex work.

Proponents also point out that there has not been a surge of sex trafficking and other related social ills in Nevada or in countries that allow legal prostitution, such as Holland. They also suggest that law enforcement efforts to suppress sex work has been largely ineffective.

Of course, Warren, Sanders and the rest have not revealed what they mean by “decriminalization.” How would prostitution be regulated? Would it be confined to certain areas? What procedures would sex workers have to go through to become legal? Would they have to register and undergo periodic health exams? Presumably, underage prostitution would still be prohibited as would forced sex trafficking.

Of course, how Trump may react to the proposal is open to question. On the one hand, he has a base of religious conservative voters who would be horrified at the idea of decriminalizing prostitution. The president has also made much of the human trafficking, especially of children, that is going on across the southern border.

On the other hand, the Stormy Daniels affair suggests that Trump has not been above consorting with professional girls in the past. He has denied the affair, but the denial is widely disbelieved.

In any case, Warren and the other Democrats, with the conspicuous exception of Joe Biden, have come out, to one degree or another, to decriminalizing prostitution. Whether the idea becomes a major issue is difficult to predict.

Comments (13)

  1. Warren is an amoral liberal who would ruin our nation if elected. Sam for all the other Democratic hopefuls.

  2. Maybe Warren is hoping for a job after she loses the election? More likely she wants one more sex related splint group for votes!

  3. Are you kidding me? And she was from my City? Stupid is as stupid does!

  4. If that is what she wants then she needs to be first in line. Does she have kids and grand-children? Sell them into sex slavery. She had better change her mind fast.

  5. Fits right in with democrats they’ve shown they’ll do anything for money………………………..isn’t that a form of prostitution?

    There’ll have to be a Department of Prostitution, a place for THOUSANDS of democrat patronage workers. Prostitutes will become a ”protected class” so you’ll be fined if for instance a white john doesn’t go to a black prostitute………….more money for the poor…………..taxed, of course. A new regiment of police officers to enforce the anti discrimination laws with the attendant lawyers and Public Defenders…..10,000 more IRS workers to make sure they pay taxes and, of course, FREE Healthcare including Abortion. It’s bound to pass…………..Planned Parenthood will explode so the Democrats will have plenty of funding. God? Sin?……irrelevant. The United States of Sodom & Gomorrah.

  6. If the Democrats drive it then it will take cognisance of its Muslim patrons. Sex work must be legal from 9 years for girls, as mandated by Muhammad himself. So let’s not pussyfoot around the issue. You can’t discriminate against one of your main support bases.

  7. In my opinion, this Is disgusting and a desperate attempt to get votes.

  8. Are we really surprised? with liberals/progressives anything goes

  9. DEM, 0f CUR$E she D0E$ !

  10. I wonder if she is bragging or complaining about the supposed sex trafficking? I am a 74 year old disabled by Agent Orange native born resident of Massachusetts and have had a degree in Government for 52 of those 74 years; two of them spent on staff at then Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C after my combat tour in Vietnam with the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in the capacity of personal assistant to and protection for Chaplain (CPT) Charles Angelo Liteky, Medal of Honor awardee for Valor. I consider Warren to be a fraud and a liar, self-proved and believe she is unfit to serve the people of the Commonwealth as she is NEVER HERE, but like so many others in the leftist lunacy of the Progressive Democrats somewhere trying to accrue voters for her Presidential ambitions. God Forbid that anyone would vote for her or most of the candidates displayed to America in these so-called debates which are nothing of the kind and which answers no questions of merit as none are ASKED! There is no credibility to any of these candidates and nothing but pandering by a biased and non-credible mass media , either! TRUMP 2020; THE ONLY ONE WHO GETS THINGS DONE FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS!

  11. Wow what is wrong with her. Nut Job!

  12. Why do these DEMOCRATS want to decriminalize prostitution? Are they for these evil sex traffickers who still children? No matter what anyone says, prostitution is evil, it demeans humanity. Those who want to decriminalize prostitution must be making evil money off of these crimes.

  13. Why not? We can all see by her motivation that she is a world-class prostitute and will Say or Do ANYTHING that she thinks will get her elected!

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