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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

January 19, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Prostitution: A woman’s choice

Yale Law Professor Stephen Carter says “On the opening day of law school, I always counsel my first-year students never to support a law they are not willing to kill to enforce.”

Fewer laws and regulation means fewer interactions with the police. Fewer interactions with the police means fewer opportunities for something to go wrong.

The Seattle City Council is considering changing its prostitution laws to become “sexual exploitation” laws with bigger penalties [“Crime of buying sex may carry new name and bigger penalty,” Local News, Jan. 11]. Such a policy often causes more problems than it solves.

Women should have the right to choose this profession if they like and not have to go underground. For whatever reason, some women choose to use their bodies to make a living much like men use theirs. It is in fact the oldest profession, and should be made safer not criminalized.

Issues of morality should be left to communities, churches and individuals not the government. Are we willing to kill to enforce these new laws?

Michelle Darnell, Kirkland

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