Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Did Robert Kraft even commit a crime?

In A Truly Libertarian World, Robert Kraft Buying Sex Wouldn't Be A Crime - Jocelyn Glabach, Federalist Society:

February 25, 2019 - "Friday morning, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft found himself caught up in a prostitution sting spearheaded by Florida’s Jupiter Police Department.

"The details are still unfolding as to whether this was a consensual arrangement between two adults, or something more insidious involving sex trafficking. If it was the latter, one must wonder whether Kraft knew what he was getting into. But if this was run-of-the-mill prostitution, and he wanted to enter into relations with another consenting adult, and she with him, that should be none of our business.

"One of the pillars of libertarianism is self-ownership –– the idea that we have full autonomy over what we do with our bodies. Some gray area exists that divides the ideology on abortion, but sex is pretty standard: we are free to have sex with who we want, provided they are consenting and of reasonable age, and it should be none of the government’s business. So why would sex become the government’s business when money becomes a factor?

"One argument is that prostitution exploits women and elevates sex traffickers, so we ban it to [prevent] prostitution ... authorities ban X [and] supply goes down..... But what is the natural response?... X increases in value, a black market forms, cartels rise to power, organized crime grows, and the frequency of crime increases.... Prostitution, like marijuana, is not absolved from the laws of the market because of its implied immorality.

"[T]he solutions touted by the state of Florida ... won’t change demand in the slightest.... Just because the state wants people to behave in a certain way doesn’t mean they will. Wouldn’t it make more sense to attempt to get this industry out of the dark?

"All of this said, is sex trafficking the same as prostitution? Absolutely not. Sex trafficking deprives a victim of her autonomy and makes her a slave to her keeper. It is the antithesis of a voluntary contract, and sex traffickers should feel the full extent of the law over forcing their victims into compromising situations....

"Whether or not Kraft was a willing participant in voluntary prostitution or a knowing party in a sex trafficking ring is still unclear, but what is clear is that what consenting adults do with their bodies should not only be none of our business, and stand apart from the cancerous organized crime that is sex trafficking."

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2019/02/25/in-a-truly-libertarian-world-robert-kraft-buying-sex-wouldnt-be-a-crime/
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