Next month, the Californians will analyze “Proposition K”, a bill which might make prostitution allowed (but still not legal) in San Francisco.
San Francisco is one of America’s most permissive cities; one can find everything there: marijuana clubs, annual sadomasochism festivals, and many prostitutes who can be seen at street corners, in bus stations, on dark alleys.
If voters agree with Proposition K next month, San Francisco prostitutes will no longer have to fear being arrested and spending time in jail or paying fines. The proposition does not make prostitution fully legal, like in Spain, for example, but it does stop the police from arresting those who sell sexual favors for a living.
The ones who made this proposition say they got the idea after seeing that the police force spends almost $11 million a year only on arresting prostitutes; considering that almost all of them go back to work as soon as they leave the police station, the money and personnel could be used in more important and serious cases.
In the US, other forms of prostitution can be found in rural Nevada brothels and behind closed doors in Rhode Island, but on an individual level, not in brothels.
This proposition is endorsed by the local Democratic Party, but is rejected by almost every other authority: the mayor’s office, the police, the district attorney’s office, etc. But in the end, it is all up to the voters, so anything can happen.
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This post was written by Dana Ciucalau on October 22, 2008
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