Iowa State Op-Ed: Bring back brothels; protect workers’ health, safety rights

May 2, 2014
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Last week, Ames Police Department made four prostitution arrests in an undercover operation to evaluate the rate of human trafficking and prostitution in Ames.

“We were glad it was only four, but obviously that’s four too many and there’s probably a lot going on that we don’t know about,” said Geoff Huff, investigations commander, last week regarding the arrests. “I think it’s an opportunity for us to at least get a look at what we have going on and what we need to work on.”

I found two aspects of this arrest particularly interesting. First off, all four solicitors were men; secondly, this was happening in Ames. Prostitution is stigmatized to no end as a woman’s profession and as happening predominantly in the seedy, downtown alleyways of skyscraper cities.

But, of course, this is not true. People everywhere — even in rural Iowa — desire sex and are willing to pay a pretty penny to get it. Stigma pushed aside, what is the problem with that?

Iowa State Op-Ed: Bring back brothels; protect workers' health, safety rights

People everywhere — even in rural Iowa — desire sex and are willing to pay a pretty penny to get that sex, and stigma pushed aside, what is the problem with that?

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Ernest Greene
Ernest Greene
6 years ago

Funny how whenever they mount these big, showy, expensive anti-trafficking crackdowns they end up with fewer than a dozen arrests, virtually all of them of sex workers themselves.

Next time ABC News tosses out an unsourced statistic about there being 200,000 children in the U.S. “at risk” of being trafficked for sex, remember how big a problem it turned out to be in Ames, Iowa.

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