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Cafe Inquiry

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] or call [masked].

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  • ralphellectual

    It's my birthday.

    June 20, 2013

  • Jeffrey

    Sorry to miss this topic, but I have citizens Climate Lobby conference this week

    June 25, 2013

  • Nadine

    I forget I wanted to attend, and drove home.

    June 25, 2013

  • Rob S.

    Damn. Can't make it tonight.

    June 25, 2013

  • David A.


    June 25, 2013

  • David A.

    if a dry night is predicted, I may need to take advantage of it and touch up my car.

    June 24, 2013

  • Noël

    I now have a conflict and can't make it that evening. I was really looking forward to this discussion. Next time.

    June 23, 2013

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