A stripper is a sex-trafficker is a source of state revenue right?

Apr 4, 2015
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Georgia Lawmakers Say Strip Clubs Cause Men to Rape Children So Club Owners Must Pay for State’s Fight Against Sex Trafficking

A stripper is a sex-trafficker is a source of state revenue right? PHOTO: Lee Edwin Coursey / Flickr

Lee Edwin Coursey / Flickr

The Georgia House of Representatives just approved a constitutional amendment to make strip clubs pay for the state’s fight against child sex-trafficking. What does one have to do with the other? A better question might be: Why do you hate the children???? Or at least that’s the rhetoric George lawmakers seem to banking on. The amendment’s proponents have barely even bothered to justify why strip club owners should be liable for footing this particular bill.

Imagine the outrage if lawmakers were trying similar shenanigans on any other category of business—soliciting an annual fee from gas stations to fight rape, say, or forcing podiatrists to subsidize drunk-driving checkpoints. Most Americans would have no problem identifying these schemes as unfair and outrageous. But throw an element of sex in the mix and anything goes. A stripper is a sex-trafficker is a source of state revenue right?

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Jody Williams
5 years ago

There’s a problem with their logic right in the law. If anyone accepts money from the “earnings of a prostitute” its a felony. Now I don’t see that the government is exempt and that’s why they don’t tax prostitution. I presented this to Nevada back in 2008 when the brothels said they wanted to pay sales tax. I asked the state – since it’s illegal to prostitute anywhere in Nevada other than Nye and Storey county – then wouldn’t it be illegal to accept money at the state level from the brothel? They voted it down based on that reason… Read more »

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