Don't Get Busted For Solicitation


- Did You Know?

Little Known Facts in the Prostitution Debate:
  1. Prostitution dates back to at least 2400 B.C.

  2. Prostitution is illegal in the United States except for 11 rural counties in Nevada.

  3. On Nov. 2, 2004 two prostitution referendums went to the voters in the U.S. with 63.51% of voters in Berkeley, California wanting to keep prostitution a crime and 62.78% of voters in Chruchill County, Nevada wanting to keep prostitution legal.

  4. The same brothel in Nevada could cost an owner a $200 fee in Lander County, a $150,000 fee in Nye County, and up to 6 months in jail and/or $1,000 fine in Las Vegas.

  5. Rhode Island has no laws prohibiting the owning of a brothel if the owner doesn't receive the proceeds from prostitution.

  6. In 1751, Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa banned short dresses and replaced waitresses with waiters to suppress prostitution.

  7. Researchers have identified at least 25 types of prostitution by location (street, brothel, etc.), solicitation (CB radio, newspaper ad, etc.) and and/or sexual practice (bondage, lap dance, etc.).

  8. In Sweden selling sex is legal, but buying sex is illegal.

  9. In Japan prostitution is illegal, but selling non-coital sex acts is legal.

  10. Prostitution is criminalized, legalized, and decriminalized in Australia depending on the state.

  11. In 2004 the number of U.S. prostitution-related arrests ranged from California's 14,506 to Vermont's 3.

  12. Proponents of legal prostitution have included Ann Landers, the ACLU, and The Economist while opponents have included Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Susan B. Anthony.

  13. Medieval canon lawyer Johannes Teutonicus, when defining prostitution, suggested that a woman who had sex with more than 23,000 men should be classified as a prostitute, although 40 to 60 would also do. 

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