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John Edwards and the ''Millionaire Madam':

By Murray Weiss, DNAinfo Criminal Justice Editor / Columnist

MANHATTAN

A call girl working for alleged "Millionaire Madam" Anna Gristina told investigators she was paid to have sex with former U.S. Sen. John Edwards when he was in New York raising money for his failed presidential bid, DNAinfo has learned.

 

Legalize it.  Seriously.

I wonder what the populace believes are the negative issues to legalizing prostitution?  

It would also be 'interesting' to know what the gender divide is, as well as the differing views/rationales (if any) of women/men on this issue.

Nick Kristof has been posting a lot about prostitution in third world countries.

Well, Aunt Sam, it's not hard to see why people would disagree with me and I have a lot of sympathy for the argument that very few people wind up working in prostitution because it was their life's ambition or because they enjoy it.  My gut says that consenting adults can decide what they want to do with each other and if that involves $50 an oral sex, who am I to judge?

Donal mentions Kristoff and his human trafficking objection, which is entirely on point.  But... would there be a human trafficking problem if prostitution was legal and regulated?

Beyond that, how is it okay to have a porn industry, where people are paid to have sex with each other and not a prostitution industry where, again, it's basically just people being paid for sex.

destor, I hate that prostitution is even part of our reality, but it is.  And don't see how that's going to change any time soon.  I say legalize it, tax it and enforce mandates for health checks, age, etc.  It would (hopefully) do away with pimps and improves the odds of at least lessening the most vile abuses.

Just another example of trying as hard as possible to get that JFK persona down, yawn. What, you think artfully tossled haircuts alone would suffice? wink

BTW he says it's "false" and "defamatory"

and as that's a Guardian link, I'd say it's safe to say it's no longer just "in local news" wink

This John Edwards guy....he's the one who can tell you what your dead grandma's been up to?

Right?

Yes.  If your grandma was hot.

Well played.

I think the news value here is minimal, partly because we already know that Edwards is a dog, and mostly because his political career is already over.

It is useful for historical perspective, to evaluate the depth of his risk-taking and hubris while he was still a viable contender for a major-party nomination.

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