Suzy Favors was one of the biggest stars in University of Wisconsin history, and won the Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year award three times. Her name though will no longer be associated with the award, because of her past as a legal sex worker/prostitute in Nevada. She provided a service with willing clients, but because this type of thing is viewed as immoral by society at large, she is persona non grata.
The fact is that prostitution being illegal sends it to the black-market, and the results, just like drugs and alcohol before it, are devastating. Illegal prostitution features women beaten, underage trafficking and women at a high risk of STDs, including AIDs.
There has not been one known reported case of HIV transmission among legal sex workers in Nevada brothels, compare that to the illegal market where STDs abound. Sex workers in brothels are treated professionally, to ensure their own health and the health of their customers. Sex workers in the blackmarket are treated with gross contempt.
In Milwaukee, the police are engaged in a crackdown against men who engage in soliciting prostitutes on the streets.nThis will go on along as prostitution is illegal in Milwaukee. While we don't know the names of the police who randomly shot into trucks in Los Angeles while hunting for ex-cop Christopher Dorner earlier this year, a man arrested for this offense (though not convicted) will have his picture put in the newspaper.
A supporter of this crackdown stated to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "you know, it's one of those things that now you've basically ruined his family, but it's something they will have to realize is a possibly when they engage in that."
Yes, because ruining someone's life is worth forcing the demand for prostitution into the streets. Again, if people are serious about reducing street demand for prostitution, legalize and regulate it. But that unfortunately, won't happen anytime soon.
Indeed, a "snuggle house" in Madison, WI (where men pay to snuggle with women) is being delayed and opposed because of concerns of prostitution. Frankly, along as all the parties are consenting adults, I don't care if they engage in prostitution, especially when it reduces the demand from the illegal market. But a snuggle house isn't about prostitution, but it is close enough to sex to have it opposed.