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In most of the world, prostitution is illegal. In the Netherlands and some other countries in Europe, it’s legal. But in most of the US, it’s illegal. When prostitution is illegal, it isn’t regulated. Sex workers have no rights. They are often exploited by pimps. HIV and other diseases may be spread because of inadequate testing and health care.
Listen to Kevin and Logan talk about the sex trade around the world.
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Kevin: I’ve spent a lot of time in Thailand where there are sex workers everywhere. It’s just so open and it’s very crazy, yet there isn’t a union, so it’s technically illegal according to the government yet it’s more obvious than in the Netherlands, which is really sad in many ways because these male and female prostitutes could have a union and be paying taxes and be getting health benefits and be getting check-ups, but instead, that’s not really happening, and so it’s a very ugly situation.
Logan: Yeah, I mean, I guess over there, they just, they understand the fact that it is a bus… could be a profiting business and there are a lot of guys out there that are not necessarily lonely, but they’re just out to have a good time in a safe, kinda, manner, still be able to do those things that we consider….
Kevin: Well, much like if you go to Nevada, outside of Las Vegas, it’s legal, and it’s controlled by the state government and… I don’t think it’s a big deal. I mean, I think there are better choices to make in terms of a job. But if someone chooses to be a prostitute and it’s legalized by the government and people are protected and, um, tested, um, I think that’s a lot better situation than what we have in most the world, including most of the United States, where we know what goes on. It’s the oldest profession in the world, of course.
Logan: I also think we think it’s so negative here that we use words like hooker, where that is, just, you hear the word hooker and you just think negative thoughts, I mean, obviously, that’s… we’ve labeled ‘em… It’s like, uh, you know, derogatory towards them, so…
Kevin has spent time in Thailand where prostitution is very common even though it’s illegal. He thinks it should be legal. Then sex workers would be have basic rights. They would be regulated and tested, and the sex trade would be safer.
Logan says that in The Netherlands, it’s just business. They realize there are guys out to have a good time.
Logan thinks it’s sad that we use derogatory terms like “hooker” to describe prostitutes here in the States.