Boston politics has long been known as a hotbed of corruption and incompetence, but with the ascendancy of the liberal New Class this has been taken to an all new low. Recently, campaign failure Martha Coakley, a drag show judge and a Drug War hack who thinks we should outlaw booze all got together to declare human trafficking illegal.
Boston politics has long been known as a hotbed of corruption and incompetence, but with the ascendancy of the liberal New Class this has been taken to an all new low. Recently, campaign failure Martha Coakley, a drag show judge and a Drug War hack who thinks we should outlaw booze all got together to declare human trafficking illegal. Of course we could point out if laws against illegal immigration were actually enforced, then there would be no need to also outlaw human trafficking. One could mention that laws against kidnapping also cover this. If the sexual dimension of the whole thing isn’t properly represented, why not resurrect lascivious carriage?
While the irony of politicians pretending to do something about prostitution is ripe for so many terrible late night jokes, this case shines a light on the symbiotic relationship between the left liberal culture of victimhood and the ever expanding Nanny State.
In the press conference, Coakley promised that her office would attack the issue on a systemic level, including harsher punishments for “Johns” who solicit underage prostitutes and putting pressure on the peripheral beneficiaries of the sex trade, including motels, car rental companies and massage parlors. The law also calls for the appointment of an 11-person task force to study human trafficking in the Commonwealth.
In other words, the real enemies are horny, pathetic men who have to pay for sex and the private sector. As someone who as worked in the hospitality industry since getting a useless degree in Fine Arts, I can tell you that the hotel management perspective on prostitution is to look the other way as long as nothing gets wrecked, the bill is paid and there are no on property problems. Essentially, the non aggression principle. When a trick tried to stiff a prostitute, she called the operator and claimed a man was trying to break into her room and rape her. Security chased the man to the mezzanine level where he was tackled by three other members of the hotel staff. When the truth of the matter came out, both the prostitute and the john were asked to leave. No police were called, we simply didn’t want any problems. But in the eyes of City bureaucrats, if you aren’t part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. In the world of cliché Boomerisms, whatever happened to live and let live?
While the far left and libertarians have long been in agreement that the real solution to prostitution is to legalize it, liberals and moral conservatives seem to have found common cause as this new law punishes those who seek out prostitutes (i.e. perverts) and at the same time expands state social services while the tax payer foots the bill.
Under the proposal, instead of being prosecuted as offenders, juveniles arrested for prostitution would be considered victims of sexual exploitation and given access to state services such as shelter, food, medical care and counseling. The current law protects victims 14 and under, while the new one would increase the age to 18.
The root of the problem is that the political class has no faith in human agency. Instead of decriminalizing prostitution, which would make Johns customers and prostitutes service providers, prostitutes are seen only as victims of vicious pimps and degenerate Johns — despite the fact that men and women actively seek out sex worker employment in countries where it is legal.
If the government is looking for something to do, try enforcing immigration laws and see how much human trafficking is eliminated. Harassing the private sector over matters in which they have no control (whether a hotel room is rented to a prostitute or whether a rental car is used to transport someone for illicit purposes) solves nothing and just proves that public bureaucrats have little else to do than bully those who actually provide services for the public.
Of course, solving the problem of human trafficking isn’t really what they aim to do. Instead it’s just another excuse for more state intervention, more laws and more taxes — a self-fulfilling prophecy for those seeking to justify their own power.
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