Sometimes you guys send in very thought provoking emails, and we benefit from your knowledge, humor, and insight. And sometimes your emails spark a good discussion.
Today's Inquisition subject comes from Skepchick reader, ullrich, who emailed us to say:
I’ve been periodically asked via email to sign a change.org petition demanding that Backpage.com shut down their adult ads section, because some are from pimps trafficking children. I’m thinking that this is not the best way to stop what is obviously a horrendous violation of human rights. A better idea would be to decriminalize prostitution so women in the oldest profession against their will can more easily avail themselves of laws against slavery, and unfair labor practices. Meanwhile, a better approach to this problem would be to take legal action against Backpage.com to force it to refuse to publish and report to the police any ads which implicitly or explicitly offer sex from children. I’m concerned that shutting down all advertising outlets for prostitution will just push the industry further underground and make it even harder for the service providers in that industry to escape or receive a fair share of the proceeds.
So what do you think? Is this a pressing issue? Is ullrich onto something? Any ideas of your own? Any big plans for this weekend? Can I come along?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm ET.