Cafe Inquiry is our monthly casual get-together to meet people and discuss topics of science and humanism.
This month's discussion topic:
Prostitution is considered the world's oldest profession. It is also among the most controversial. Over 1 million people in the US have worked as prostitutes. 58% of American prostitutes reported violent assault at the hands of clients. With a higher instance of physical violence perpetrated against them, female prostitutes are more likely to get murdered. Over 80% of prostitutes say they wish to get out of prostitution, but can't due to a lack of money or food.
Opponets of prostitution suggest the best response is to make tougher laws, especially against the solicitors. Advocates of legalization, however, suggest that regulation and laws that protect prostitutes from violent offenders is the best response. Should prostition be legalized and regulated? Is prostitution a form of exploitation? Or is it a woman's right to decide how she expresses her sexual identity?
For those who are interested, here is a public debate NPR hosted on the topic:
No outside food or drink allowed. Free and open to the public.
Interested in leading a discussion or have someone to recommend? Please contact us at mhensley[at]centerforinquiry.net or call [masked].