Friday, October 31, 2003
Las Vegas Prostitution Update
The mayor's remarks last week have rendered the potential legalization of prostitution in Las Vegas a hot topic. A new poll reports that most Nevadans (?) are happy to continue to
use the criminal law to semi-regulate prostitution.
Polls about the legalization of illicit vice are sort of interesting, irrespective of the outcome. Can you imagine anyone conducting a poll inquiring into opinions about the legalization of burglary or theft -- or having one-third of the respondents in support of the legalization? To be honest, I almost see
the poll itself as evidence that, to repeat a recent refrain, the criminal law is generally the wrong tool for regulating consensual adult activity.