Thursday, February 21, 2008
I love enterprising hookers.
After all, prostitution the oldest profession, and it's about time they got organized. So I was pleased to hear that some Canadian hookers (who have recently taken an economic hit as the Canadian dollar gained parity with the greenback) will offer the 2010 Olympics a shining opportunity:
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A group of Canadian sex trade workers hoping to set up a legal "co-op" brothel in time for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver said on Friday they have won approval to incorporate themselves. The provincial government's designation of the group as a business co-operative is the first step in what organizers say will create a safer working environment for sex trade workers in the Pacific Coast city.
"It defines a structure for us to work together as a community," said Susan Davis, a development co-ordinator for what will be called the West Coast Co-operative of Sex Industry Professionals.
Brothels are illegal in Canada, but the country's prostitution laws have recently been challenged in the court as unconstitutional. Prostitution itself is legal, however solicitation, procuring or living off the avails of prostitution can land you in jail. The group hopes to win an exemption from Parliament by showing it would be safer to have prostitutes work in a single facility in Vancouver that they control, rather than plying their trade on the streets.
"The very nature of a co-operative is that it will not do anything illegal, so there was no reason for them to deny us," Davis said, adding that getting incorporated will help show lawmakers that the group is serious.
I'm all for these Sex Workers banding together under one roof. I've seen "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." Nobody loves a joyous, dancing whore more than me. Which is why my only concern is the line "the group is serious."
I've never been to a brothel, but the very last thing I'd want is a serious hooker.