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About the prostitution

"About the prostitution" is a translation from the text of William Marx, essayist, critic, and an honorary member of the universitary institute from France.

In France, the parliament wants to vote the prohibition of the prostitution and, at the same time it is preparing a law that penalizes the answer of the crimes against the humanity.

The simultaneity of both of them is not really a casualty: is a truly police/ politicy of the consciences and the bodies that our MPs wants to set up.

Those MPs are on the defensive with the Strauss-Kahn cases; anyone wants to seem accomplice and, is that way, how a sexual and moral prohibition law could be voted with unanimity by the left and the right. Just some women speak out, in order to answer this law project, but, it seems that someone has remove the right of men opinions- like if in the beginning they were guilty.

The vocabulary used causes respect and terror: It is said that France should adopt an abolitionist attitude. Who could go against to that semantic?

However, there is a genre confusion.

On the one hand we had an indulged sex relationship with one or more unknown: You are who decide (at the moment), but if this relationship is accompanied with a money exchange, then you get the risk of being arrested for 2 months. This disproportion between the act and the punishment has something fun.

Which crime has committed? There is no doubt that the commercialization not: Our governments had sold lots of services that before they were free or public. But then, if everything could be marketed, except the sex, then there is something sacred in the sexuality. So far everything is perfect, everyone has the freedom to believe whatever he wants but, It is a secular republic become the defense of that belief? Until there is a proof to the contrary, a sin is not a crime.” Yes, someone will say, but we don't have rights to sell his body”. Nuance:the prostitutes, escorts and companion ladies sell a service provided by her body. The actors,the athletes do the same, as a military or a carrier, each one with his modality. Or it's allowed to earn money making the war but not the love?

“ Yes, someone will said, but the prostitutes doesn't do sex work in a voluntary way”. And the cleaners who wake up at 4h in the early morning for going to work, Do they do it for vocation?

Lots of prostitutes claim the right of making her activity and offer professional sex freely. Then, there will be categories and categories, and one of them would be people that won't be considered as older and responsible? Under the pretext to protect the women, we protect them and, it's sold to us a moral law. Of course there are criminals networks that are important to dismantle. But, an abuse is not pulled down removing a freedom.

Were we would stop? If the prostitution is prohibited, the pornography, the porn movies should be like that too, as same as the nude models in the title pages of the magazines, the books, television programs or expositions: the porn actors and actresses don't do less trade of his body and, nevertheless, those activities, nowadays have become an habit.

With this law, that pretends being passed in France, a new unit will born, the police would enter in the houses and in the minds and, that day, the fundamental values of our republic would be eroded.

To reach this point, which priests, rabbis or imams have we vote in the parliament, without knowing?


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In this time of crisis that we have been dragging, and with the great fall that the tax collection has suffered, which has caused debates on the sustainability of our pension system and its reform, the financing deficit of the autonomous communities and municipalities have derived in an asphyxiating fiscal pressure. Thus, the debate on the legalization of prostitution.

To illustrate the situation better, we will see the numbers that the prostitution sector manages. The estimated amount of this is 3.500 million euros per year, which represents 0.35% of the national GDP. To give you an idea, this supposes a volume similar to the footwear industry in Spain or to the contribution of the city of Malaga.

Have in mind that in Spain there are about 100,000 escorts, although only 20% of these escorts girls are Spanish. It is estimated that 39% of Spaniards have paid for having sex ever, with an average annual expenditure of 1,530 euros. That is, we spend much more on sex than on car insurance, buying fruit or vegetables. The 66% of the escorts girls practice in a brothel, to compare with the remaining 33%, that does it in the street.

To end with this battery of data, only 5% are luxury escorts. Now is when the question arises, should we regulate the sector? This is one of the largest money movements in the country, which could contribute to the desired increase in tax collection.

Why is it legal to sell tobacco if it generates thousands of deaths and illnesses a year, spending millions of euros on campaigns to stop smoking and generates a huge expenditure on public health? The tax reason seems enough to allow it to be legal to smoke. Now we come to see, briefly, the Dutch model, where prostitution was legalized in the year 2000 and already have extensive experience.

In the Netherlands, the sector moves the 2,500 million euros, that is to say to 0.4% of the GDP, surpassing to the mythical Dutch cheese sector. The legalization of prostitution was coming at the same time than laws against sexual abuse and protection of minors. Prostitution has been banned on the streets and can only be done in rooms equipped for this purpose, each escort girl has to pay for private health insurance, like any Dutch worker. As taxes are paid for this activity, the system is controlled through a licensing system, and final regulation is given to the cities. At the sametime than this legalization, any means of sexual exploitation is considered an offense punishable by imprisonment and the legal age for engaging in prostitution was raised from 18 to 21.

Clubs, escorts girls' agencies, X rooms, couples bars, or prostitution in private homes are allowed and regulated by a licensing system, and only in 13 Dutch cities are the famous showcases allowed, such as the famous of the Red Light district of Amsterdam.

Any companion has the right for social and health care and even to participate in a program of social reintegration for those who want to abandon prostitution, and municipalities are obliged to guarantee these rights as issuers of the corresponding licenses.

With all these data and comparing the two models, you can see the similarity of figures between countries, but while in Holland they contribute as another sector and are protected by law, having the right to social benefits and pensions, in Spain, escorts and prostitutes are left in the helplessness and at the mercy of mafias and sexual exploiters.

For all this, it would be useful to reflect deeply on whether the legalization of the sector is more convenient for all. .