Don't forget that this is state sponsored propaganda, intended to reverse the trend toward tolerance of sex workers in general (strippers, prostitues, etc.) and to counter the common-sense notion that "victimless crimes" are, well, not really crimes in the minds of many people. So, they take the most unfortunate perpetrators of these "crimes" and define them as "victims," then set them up as an example to others, implying that they are representative of the entire population when in fact they are but a tiny part of that demographic group, portraying the worst possible results of a particular lifestyle the majority disapproves of.
When living in Germany I actually had a friend (platonic) who attended the Technical University I was an exchange student at and who worked part time as a prostitute. She suffered none of the ills which this web page implies would affect her (and yes, we have kept in touch over the years and, now that she has graduated and is persuing an architectural career she no longer freelances on the side. However, the ten years or so she did work as a part time hooker did not leave her looking at all bad, nor did the occasional joint she smoked leave track marks on her arms.)
Anecdotal, yes. And precisely as relevant as the anecdotal photographs this site is spewing forth. The only thing this propaganda demonstrates (other than the woeful lack of taste of its authors) is that the working conditions for low-end prostitutes in the united states are atrocious. So too were the working conditions of coal workers in that same country ... however, we haven't banned coal mining just yet, nor are there plans to do so anytime soon (particularly now that the Kyoto Accords have been slain by our illustrious president).
The solution to atrocious working conditions is of course legislation to improve those conditions. Oh wait, we can't do that, though, because prostitution is illegal and legalizing it would be "sending the wrong message" to our fragile children. Nevermind that countries all over the world which have legalized prostitution have nothing even remotely similar to what is portrayed here.
It all comes down to this: in order to send what some consider the "right" message to our children via public policy rather than just talking to our kids and teaching them right and wrong one-on-one (oh what a radical, almost irresponsible idea that!) we persue policies which we know to be counter productive, and which have been demonstrated to make the problems vastly worse. Why? Because we are more conderned with appearances than we are with practical results. Why else would the final justification for The War on Drugs and Criminization of the sex trade, after all the other arguments for these policies have been debunked, boil down to "but legalizing it would sent the wrong message to our children?" Never mind that nearly all of the social and personal ills which result are a direct result of policies making the practice illegal and not the practice itself ... it is the appearance, the "message" sent by such policies which concern our leaders, not the tangible real-world results.
Europe for the most part understands this, with the result that they have, for the most part, effective public policies in place and have avoided many of the social ills we in the US erroneously believe will never go away. The United States, being collassally unwilling to learn from others, will probably never understand this, making the prophetic notions that "these problems cannot ever be solved" a self-fullfilling prophesy with no relevance to reality beyond its own borders.
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