Prostitution: doing versus being

10Mar10

So there’s a proposed change to the legislation in Illinois to increase penalties for pimping and soliciting or patronizing. I don’t feel like getting into why more laws doesn’t mean better right now, but I wanted to document a phenomenon I noticed.

In Illinois, you don’t commit prostitution, you are a prostitute. The criminal code says: “Any person who performs, offers or agrees to perform any act of sexual penetration (defined in sec. 12-12) for any money, property, token, object, or article or anything of value, or any touching or fondling of the sex organs of one person by another person for any money, property, token, object, or article or anything of value for the purpose of sexual gratification”.

Compare that to Arizona: “‘Prostitution’ means engaging in or agreeing or offering to engage in sexual conduct under a fee arrangement with any person for money or any other valuable consideration.”

What’s that about? Why in some states do you commit prostitution and why in some states are you a prostitute?

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One Response to “Prostitution: doing versus being”

  1. 1 Amber Rhea

    Fascinating… and a very good question.


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