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This thread is part of the theme of The Bond between Violence and Prostitution.  This is violence that would occur even if prostitution were legal, or occur as a result of making it legal. The first thread of this theme is here:


One of the legitimized forms of prostitution in New Zealand is independents. One to four prostitutes can work from a private residence anywhere they like. This is presented as a good thing offering women freedom and independence.

(United States)

Shannan Gilbert worked for a high-end escort service in Jersey City, where the minimum rate was $400 or $500 an hour. But she took home only a third of that. When she switched to Craigslist, she made $1,000 many nights, enough to pay a month’s rent on her apartment. Melissa Barthelemy abandoned her pimp to be her own boss online, charging $100 for 15 minutes, $150 for a half-hour, $250 for an hour and $1,000 for an overnight stay.

Megan Waterman took three- or four-day working trips to Long Island from her home in Portland and made $1,500 on a busy night. And Amber Lynn Costello, a North Carolina native who lived briefly in West Babylon, Long Island, once raised $3,800 in just three days to bail out her boyfriend from jail — all, her friends said, from Craigslist.

Maureen Brainard-Barnes disappeared in July 2007, last heard from near Penn Station. Melissa Barthelemy was said to be heading by herself to Long Island for an overnight appointment in July 2009. Shannan Gilbert vanished in the middle of a call in Oak Beach on May 1, 2010, in circumstances that still have not been fully explained. A month later, Megan Waterman disappeared after leaving a hotel room in Hauppauge. And in September 2010, Amber Lynn Costello, who didn’t like to leave her house for work, had agreed to an overnight date for $1,500.

They all died. Given what they were charging I think they were fairly high-end prostitutes but they still weren't safe because prostitution is inherently dangerous. Predators look for easy targets. Women willing to go meet strange men and voluntarily go somewhere private with them are easy targets.  Charging money to do it doesn't make it safer. It just makes it easier to figure out which women will cooperate so they don't have to be kidnapped. These women died but lessor forms of violence are common.

The report also acknowledged Internet (indoor) prostitution as an expanding market, which is more difficult to study and verify than street prostitution, and which, in the last five years has increased in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, however it stated, concurring with the NIKK report (above), that "the scale of this form of prostitution is more extensive in our neighbouring countries, and there is nothing to indicate that a greater increase in prostitution over the Internet has occurred in Sweden than in these comparable countries. This indicates that the ban has not led to street prostitution in Sweden shifting arenas to the Internet".

While numbers are hard to come by if there had been a dramatic increase in indoor prostitution in Sweden that did not occur in other countries I think it would be evident. Laws concerning this type of prostitution can't make it safer and can't stop it from happening.  The only impact is indirect in the sense of legitimizing it and making it a more attractive option for young women who need money.

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