Monday, October 4, 2010
Posted by: Noel Jones
Ed Sieger of the Express Times reported today that Mayor Panto is making a new effort to revive the vehicle seizure ordinance aimed at the johns of local prostitutes. The ordinance was established in 2008, and the cars of several johns were immediately seized, but a legal challenge to the ordinance put the ordinance on hold, and it has not been enforced since. That could be changing now, as with the backing of D.A. Morganelli, the mayor intends to take another stab at enforcing the ordinance. The mayor is also considering a 48 hour vehicle seizure, as a deterrent to johns driving to Easton to find prostitutes.
Personally, I would rather see sex workers taxed and regulated (including regular health tests) and conducting their business legally in code-enforced bordellos, so that we can add to our tax base while getting prostitution off the streets. Let's face it--if prostitution hasn't disappeared in thousands of years of human existence on the planet, then it's not going anywhere soon. And this is a free country--I really do not care who other people have sex with, as long as it is willingly. Easton is famous for more than it's old Victorian homes when it comes to "painted ladies," and has over two centuries of history of speak-easies and bordellos, so it's time to find a way for this revenue to make its way into our tax base. I am passionately opposed to sex slavery and human trafficking, of course, as well as the manipulation of drug addicts into prostitution, but if we're talking about free adults who make a personal decision to do this work, and free adults who want to buy their services, it seems almost un-American to interfere--as long as it is safe, health tested and taxed.
As for the seizures of vehicles, I'm in favor because the bottom line is that it shouldn't be happening in the streets, where residents and their families have to see it. It makes our streets dirtier (literally), less safe and brings down our property values.
I'd rather see it all going on in old-style bordellos and saloons, off the street. Not only would it move prostitution off the street, it would free up beds in our overcrowded jail for more dangerous offenders. And imagine how much tax revenue it could generate--if we are never going to control the moral choices of others, why should we try or care if it is not hurting anyone else, and ends up translating into more repointed brick in this town?
Posted by noel jones at 11:24 AM