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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Dept. of the Freakin’ Obvious

posted by on June 3 at 14:02 PM

There’s a lot of demand out there for sex—hell, the demand is built-in, it’s right there in our biology and everything. But some people can’t find willing sex partners and some people are too lazy to do the hard work of talking other people into having sex and some people have sexual interests that their sex partners can’t or won’t indulge. Conveniently enough, there are people out there that will meet all this pent-up demand for sex, i.e. people willing to supply sex in exchange for money. Some people sell sex because they’re desperate and they’re being exploited and some sell sex because the money’s so good they’ll put up with the work and—now hold on to your hats, people—some people sell sex because they actually enjoy the work. And this is why prostitution has been with us for all of recorded human history.

And so long as selling sex is illegal, then only criminals will sell sex.

The End.

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prostitution rampant at strip clubs? GASP (clutches pearls)!!!

well, what did they expect to find? yahtzee tournaments?

Posted by scary tyler moore | June 3, 2008 2:12 PM

Our esteemed Chief of Police, Gil K, said in his breathless and ever-so-important manner that this was the most important criminal investigation that they've ever conducted at the Seattle Police Department.

So, I read over the affidavit...and there's very little "there" there. After reading it, I'm not confident that they'll really be able to bring in much of a case.

Mind you, they've raided these clubs many, many times, and have frequently charged "prostitution" but have not very often been able to make those charges stick.

So, this time, they've cobbled together a whole lot of allegations without much glue, and they provided a lot of show, but in the end, I'm guessing we won't see much result from their efforts.

But, so as to reassure us, Mr. Kerlikowski assured us that this has nothing to do with being the morality police.

Yeah, right.

Posted by Timothy | June 3, 2008 2:18 PM

just thinking, after the supreme court struck down the sodomy laws, didn't they say something to the effect of 'you cant tell adults what to do with their bodies behind closed doors.' ?

can't the above principle be applied to prostitution?

Posted by clausti | June 3, 2008 2:19 PM

Let's see how many actual convictions these latest arrests will lead to.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | June 3, 2008 2:26 PM

why can't we be adults about this, like Portland?

i want an open, inclusive tatty bar atmosphere. with alcohol.

Posted by max solomon | June 3, 2008 2:26 PM

I don't think these charges are really about any sort of morality policing. It's probably more about trying to beef up an indictment against an organized crime figure.

Posted by justsayin | June 3, 2008 2:27 PM

I pay for mine with kisses.

It's the best way.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 3, 2008 2:31 PM

Read the affidavit. There's very little by way of what you would think of as "organized crime." They are using that term to bolster the import of this action, but I don't think there's much to it.

Posted by Timothy | June 3, 2008 2:31 PM

the only problem with prostitution is that the government can't get its cut on services rendered.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 3, 2008 2:32 PM

Correctamundo regarding your assessment of prostitution. It's ridiculous that we have in this country "Adult Entertainment" protected by the 1st Amendment and yet the states (except for Nevada) aren't allowed to tax & regulate prostitution (that is for our purposes a definition: a gay or straight adult of 18 years or older exchanges money or kind for consensual sex). I'd like to pose this riddle that I thought of:
What is the difference between an adult film star like say Ron Jeremy or Jenna Jameson and a street prostitute or escort? Answer: health insurance.

Good insight Dan. Prostitution should be legal. I wouldn't encourage being a prostitute anymore than being an adult film "actor/actress". However, it remains a personal choice.

Posted by lark | June 3, 2008 2:39 PM

Just another day at the office for the Mayor's Morality Squad.

Posted by Sad Comment | June 3, 2008 2:50 PM

Strippers have to pay to work? WTF?

I think the demand for legal prostitution is all on the demand side. When I was a kid in school, none of the girls I knew picked "whore" when asked what they wanted to be when the grew up. If you could make a living wage as a cashier people wouldn't hook.

Posted by willie and the handjive | June 3, 2008 2:51 PM

hair stylists pay to rent out a chair willie.

and no one picked "whore" as a profession because children generally don't have a concept of sex that progresses beyond a penis going inside a vagina and the concept has no consideration for reason.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 3, 2008 3:08 PM

Gee, maybe if the city didn't grant Colacurcio a de facto monopoly on strip clubs in the city, he might have a little competition, and not be such an ass hat. Giving him that virtual monopoly also grants him great power. Then we're surprised when he abuses it?

I hope the city is actually able to make something stick to this asshole.

But I also hope the city council and mayor wake up and realize that their antiquated nanny rules about strip clubs contributes to this criminal atmosphere.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | June 3, 2008 3:18 PM

I suppose if there's any possibility that one of these women might use the 'boot' that the FBI gave them yesterday, to propel herself into another career path, I'd be happy. It would be wonderful to see her 15 year-old daughter, proud of her for once.

Posted by schnoodle | June 3, 2008 3:22 PM

@12 When I was a kid I didn't dream of being in the particular fairly remunerative profession I'm in either. If I had the goods to hook and count on reasonable government-enforced safety regs, I'd much rather do that than what I'm doing now.

Posted by Smade | June 3, 2008 3:24 PM

Of COURSE the Colacurcios are organized crime -- they're Italian, aren't they? We've all seen the Sopranos, right?

I agree with Reverse pretty much across the board on this. The city looks stupid here.

Posted by Fnarf | June 3, 2008 3:51 PM

Don't disrespect the Bing.

Posted by Jim | June 3, 2008 10:34 PM

I go to the store to buy meat instead of hunting animals myself. I should be given the option of going to a brothel instead of drunkenly chatting up some queer at a bar.
Prostitution is great.

Posted by Rob | June 3, 2008 10:41 PM

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