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Kristin Davis: ‘Legalize It!’

LEGALIZE IT !- By Kristin Davis

I find it stunning that this nation still regards prostitution as a crime. It’s sad that we waste our cops and courts, trying to stamp it out, as if a good spin through the justice system will instill miscreants with the morals necessary to fly right. In this case, law enforcement is ineffective to the point of absurdity. Prostitution is the world’s oldest profession for a reason: it will always occur.

Denial, however, is powerful. It prevents us from viewing it as a social necessity. Consider how well prohibition is working when the very people who make and enforce the laws to ban it, also patronize it, including attorneys general, governors, and U.S. Senators!

As someone who pleaded guilty in a plea bargain for promoting prostitution, I freely acknowledge that I violated state law and for that I am both guilty and sorry. It is certainly not behavior I will engage in again. I’m out of the biz.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

It is time to discard our moral misgivings and legalize prostitution for the benefit of society. I point to the murders stemming from Craigslist as evidence enough that our current approach fails us all. We cannot prevent girls with little knowledge or protection from escorting online and getting murdered in hotel rooms. This is a shame and a tragedy. And we assuredly cannot prevent the operation of supply and demand: men will always be willing to pay for action; women will always be willing to sell it.

Once we recognize these simple truths, we can release our law enforcers from the utterly useless game of catch-and-release that they now play. We can obviate another black market. We can protect the public health and fill the public coffers.

As a former madam of New York City’s most successful prostitution ring, I can tell you that prostitution will always flourish, that men of every profession and stripe will patronize it, and our failure to legitimize it only creates criminals. I say we create fewer criminals.

Consider the drastic economic picture in the Empire State and consider the effect of decriminalization. Consider emptying a jail cell in exchange for some tax revenue.

I say legalize, regulate, and tax prostitution before you cut social services or raise taxes on New Yorkers, the nation’s highest taxed citizenry.

Kristin Davis is running for the nomination of the Libertarian Party for Governor of New York. Also running: Warren Redlich.

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  1. NewFederalist NewFederalist February 17, 2010

    I believe her view on this issue will prove to be a real bone of contention in this race.

  2. JT JT February 17, 2010

    Eh….so the self-proclaimed ex-madam of NYC’s most successful prostitution ring is now saying that those who engage in prostitution are “miscreants.” Were you a miscreant for profiting off their backs (and other body parts)? If not, why not? If so, when exactly did your “moral transformation” occur? I think prostitution should be decriminalized because no consensual act between adults should be a crime, but Davis’s transparent moral posturing is as absurd as the illegality of the act.

  3. Melty Melty February 18, 2010

    delightful to see advocacy for legalization of prostitution . . . I wanna see this candidate make a big splash in this gubernatorial

  4. AroundtheblockAFT AroundtheblockAFT February 18, 2010

    Given the millions who use drugs and patronize prostitutes, one would think that – in the privacy of the voting booth – they’d vote Libertarian.
    Obviously, they don’t.

  5. InfoWarMonger InfoWarMonger February 18, 2010

    Many other people have all sorts of reasons to vote Libertarian, too. The party needs to learn how to reach them.

    I think candidates like Kristin Davis can get the publicity that propels the message to larger numbers of people, but it works even better if you have someone like Warren Redlich there at the same time to provide a different facet of libertarianism. A lot of debates would be good.

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