Should the United States Follow Belgium’s Lead?
Belgium has decriminalized prostitution. The only other country I know of that has done this is New Zealand. Although other European countries have legalized and regulated prostitution under specific circumstances, Belgium is the first to fully decriminalize selling sex, paying for sex, and working with sex workers.
The question before us is a simple one: Should the United States follow Belgium’s lead?
Prostitution is illegal throughout the United States except for ten of Nevada’s sixteen counties. Surprisingly, prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas (Clark County) or Reno (Washoe County), although illegal prostitution certainly takes place. One reason why only seven of the ten counties where prostitution is legal have a brothel might be because the counties extort $100,000 to $200,000 from entrepreneurs for licensing fees.
But government in the United States is not like government in Belgium. Prostitution in the United States is a state crime, not a federal offense, so it is up to each state to make its own laws against prostitution.
Okay then: Should the fifty states of the United States follow Belgium’s lead?
Article from LewRockwell