...but could someone explain to me what the hell Ross is arguing?
This is one of the problems that I have in dealing with the whole prostitution debate (or our drug laws for that matter), either the argument made is overly simple, or too metaphysical, and I think the solution to both is pragmatic. Would we, as a country, spend more money (and time, and lives) making prostitution legal and channelling the resources we have into stopping the sex crimes associated with the causes of prostitution, and creating a world where women have the opportunities for other employment, or should we continue banging our heads against the wall doing the same thing and expecting a different result? And yes, on a surface level you can pretty much use the same arguments against our drug laws for non-violent offenders. Seems to me you'd have a much fairer world if we funded these guys than these guys. Seems to me that the only thing you get out of busting Johns are news stories that make you feel morally superior while you're downloading Internet porn.