Decriminalizing Prostitution Could Be All Bad

Young Women's Voice Missing in the Debate

YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia, Blog//Video , Words: Vanessa Vega // Vlog: Vanessa Vega and Melshawnda Parker Posted: Oct 22, 2008

Editor's Note: San Francisco's controversial Proposition K would legalize prostitution in the city by the bay. Some young people, who know the consequences of the sex industry, think it's a bad idea. Melshawnda Parker, 17, and Vanessa Vega, 17, are content producers at YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia.

SAN FRANCISCO -- I read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle about how the city of San Francisco is trying to put a ballot measure on for the next election that would make it harder to investigate and prosecute prostitution crimes.

Honestly, I feel that if this measure is approved, the city is only going to get worse then it already is. This measure is basically saying that its okay to be pimp or a hoe as long as you pay taxes.

This article shocked me, why in the hell would the city take prostitution as a joke? I mean, yeah, maybe murder cases and things of that nature are more vital but at the same time most of the girls out on the streets hoen are not doing it out of choice, 8 out of 10 times, theyre beat up and forced to be put on the track by a pimp. Ive seen it for myself. It seems like in Oakland its almost normal for a female to become a prospect to start hoen. Its sad and unfair to the females doing it without a choice. I wish there was something I could do to help but its not in my hands its up to the city.

-- Vanessa Vega

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User Comments

Daniel Lion on Oct 28, 2008 at 21:35:10 said:

decriminalise prostitution! By making it illegal, we are not getting rid of the issue. Forcing the women \"under ground\" does not help them, it endangers them, see abortions!. We will never ever rid our cities of this fact, so we must learn to deal with it in the most humane way possible. How about good education for the poor so they do not have to sell their bodies?

Melissa Farley on Oct 26, 2008 at 20:38:17 said:

Thank you so much, Vanessa and Melshawnda!
Please get in touch with me. I work at Prostitution Research & Education in San Francisco. We need to get this kind of word out to young women, and also to young men - that prostitution hurts women and girls and that johns are LOSERS.
Melissa Farley 415-922-4555.




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