Overhaul prostitution law - Editorials

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A state law aimed at depriving prostitutes of their bases of operation on Oahu has been partially struck down by the state Intermediate Court of Appeals because of flawed language that unintentionally protects their customers -- johns -- from prosecution.
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Tvon

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Don't blame the John's because they were just doing their duty as any good citizen should do? Does anyone realize how difficult it must be for the John's to stand out there in the dark damp streets late at night? It takes courage and much home work to see how these girls operate. The John's should receive a medal for a job well done. Not only that, but many of those girls are ugly besides so that makes their work even more stressed out.

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Get the girls off the streets. What Waikiki really needs is some clean, well lighted "houses" for the gals to work. It's impossible to outlaw sex for pay, might as well have some classy joints for pleasure. Potted palms, nice rugs, whips and chains.
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Richard Swann wrote:
Get the girls off the streets. What Waikiki really needs is some clean, well lighted "houses" for the gals to work. It's impossible to outlaw sex for pay, might as well have some classy joints for pleasure. Potted palms, nice rugs, whips and chains.
Not to mention a 50% pleasure tax eh....

Since: Sep 08

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However, a study released last November by Portland's Multnomah County Sheriff Bob Skipper similarly questioned the effectiveness of the prostitution-free zone. Despite media reports of the "resurgence of street walkers on 82nd Avenue," Skipper observed, both prostitution arrests and drug arrests "fell to historic lows in the months just after the expiration of the zones in September 2007."

So what the study is really saying is after the expiration of the law, the Media reports an increase in prostitution, but the police arrested less prostitutes due to the inability to prosecute.

Does the Hawaii law allow for prostitution outside of the prostitution free zones?
StateTaxPayer

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Legalize prostitution and tax it to death. Income tax, excise tax, bedroom tax, hotel tax, etc. Prostitution will disappear over night. ;) LOL
Jerry Okamura

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Splitting hairs? Are these laws catching any male prostitutes, or are these laws intended to catching female prostittutes?
alice

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This trade is not Hawaii's problems. It is meth, domestic abuse and murders.
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Tvon wrote:
Don't blame the John's because they were just doing their duty as any good citizen should do? Does anyone realize how difficult it must be for the John's to stand out there in the dark damp streets late at night? It takes courage and much home work to see how these girls operate. The John's should receive a medal for a job well done. Not only that, but many of those girls are ugly besides so that makes their work even more stressed out.
i heard that they use recent graduates of the academy for undercover hookers
fresh face and all
is ugly is a prerequisite?
alice

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alice wrote:
This trade is not Hawaii's problems. It is meth, domestic abuse and murders.
very true
Mike

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The worlds oldest profession recently legalized in Australia I heard but they must have some strictures in place carefully regulating it. America was far more tolerant of the practice 140 years ago. The women engaged in it at that time seemingly had a more refined view of the matter and so did law enforcement. Sex crimes went down in number where it was available. Ask the woman who just got raped if she wishes her attacker had had a legal area bordello to go to?

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Want to get rid of prostitution? Nationalize it and let the government run it.
The Hawaii legislature has already shown what a great job they can do with prostitution laws already. The only the state could make a "Cat House" turn a profit is to raise our taxes.
"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you".
LOL LOL LOL
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Mike makes sense.
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stanislous wrote:
Want to get rid of prostitution? Nationalize it and let the government run it.
The Hawaii legislature has already shown what a great job they can do with prostitution laws already. The only the state could make a "Cat House" turn a profit is to raise our taxes.
"I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you".
LOL LOL LOL
The government in fact did get a "cat house" for back taxes and it ended up going broke under their guidance. Guess it goes to show, they can't stand to make a profit while screwing you.
Change

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"defines prostitution as offering or agreeing to have sex with another person "in return for a fee."

Wonder if porn stars are arrestable? Hope not. I love my porn. Helps keep me out of trouble and sleep better.
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What about the biggest prostitution going on behind the closed doors of Hawaii's State legislature? All those "under the table" deals, kick backs, sleazy lawyers, corrupt politicians....all financed by you taxpayers, whether you like it or not.

At least these "johns" or "escorts" have a valid contract, it should be legalized and controlled, taxed as in Las Vegas. Just another ruse by our crooked politicians to make themselves look good by going after a section of society that has little political reprecussions and easy to manipulate.
can you say seexx

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Legalize prostitution and tax it to death. Income tax, excise tax, bedroom tax, hotel tax, etc. Prostitution will disappear over night. ;) LOL
Yep get the State involved in private enterprises and watch that business get taxed to death.
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alice wrote:
This trade is not Hawaii's problems. It is meth, domestic abuse and murders.
True, True, True
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General acceptance of prostitution be it legalized or given a nod and wink by law enforcement, takes place in most parts of the world, many of which Hawaii has or soon will be competing for tourism... Just a matter of time, until Cuba opens its doors so to speak to American's seeking a good time... Quite simple, to find companionship at bargain prices there, compared to say, the legal hanky panky at destinations in Vegas so many local Hawaii gents know well, ala The Bunny Ranch... Cuba, could effectively put Hawaii, "out of business" with a location only 90 miles off Florida, and beaches, that make Waikiki look like a mud hole...

Gambling and hookers... The two profit centers along with increased military spending, that just might save Hawaii's collective okole...
alice

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Johnny Appleseed wrote:
What about the biggest prostitution going on behind the closed doors of Hawaii's State legislature? All those "under the table" deals, kick backs, sleazy lawyers, corrupt politicians....all financed by you taxpayers, whether you like it or not.
At least these "johns" or "escorts" have a valid contract, it should be legalized and controlled, taxed as in Las Vegas. Just another ruse by our crooked politicians to make themselves look good by going after a section of society that has little political reprecussions and easy to manipulate.
very insightful..our legislature is bought and sold all the time.
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stupid prosecutors. hookers get paid to stfu and leave, NOT for sex...;)

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