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Politican Conventions & The Sex Trade

Posted in Ethics, Philosophy, Politics by Michael LaBossiere on September 5, 2011

While political conventions are supposed to be a high point of democracy, they are also the high point for the local sex trade. This year’s RNC will be no exception. The local strip clubs and other purveyors of flesh are gearing up in anticipation of their own stimulus package, courtesy of the Republicans.  While such behavior is not consistent with the family values platform preached by most Republicans, it is exactly the sort of behavior we have come to expect from the right and the left. After all, looking for some action while at a convention is a bi-partisan sort of thing.

One interesting study was conducted  by Baylor University to determine the impact of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions on prostitution. The researchers used the “Erotic Services” ads in Craigslist (which is no more) as well as Eros.com.  What was hardly surprising is that the Republican convention was linked to a 29-44% increase in such ads while the Democrats were linked with a 47-77% increase. Lest one think that the Democrats are more inclined to visit prostitutes than Republicans, the numerical increase in ads was about the same. The difference in percentages was due to the fact that Denver (where the DNC was held) had fewer such ads before the convention than did Minnesota. As such, there seems to be a bipartisan balance when it comes to prostitutes.

One obvious weak point of the study is that it was based on data culled from ads. The increase in ads does indicate that sex workers expected an increase in business, but it does not directly indicate that prostitution actually increased. However, the increase in ads certainly does serve as reasonable indirect evidence for an increase in prostitution connected to the conventions. In any case, the idea that men going to political conventions sometimes seek out prostitutes certainly seems to be intuitively plausible.

It is, of course, a black mark on our society that we have prostitution and even worse that our political conventions are considered bonanzas by sex workers (or, more accurately, the people who “manage” them). The fact that the sex trade is so frequented by political folk might explain why so littler is ever really done about it.

What is, however, interesting is that both parties seem to be equally prone to engaging in what can be regarded as morally dubious behavior. While both parties do some preaching of virtue, the Republicans make a point of claiming to be the family values folks and talking about religion. However, the reality seems to be that while the Democrats and Republicans are different above the waist (in what they say), they are basically the same below the waist. Of course, this should surprise no one.

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  3. ajmacdonaldjr said, on September 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I hope you know that our politicians of both parties have been doing this for many, many years, in Washington, D.C.

    Do you not realize how far gone our federal government is and has been for many, many years now?

    There is no point in voting, or the next election. I realize we have been conditioned from birth to thinking otherwise but history has a way of catching-up with us at times, and now is one of those times.

    People throughout Washington are scheming various ways of taking over Washington (CIA, Military) because they know, as I and many others do, that our Washington government has zero legitimacy.


    It’s time for us to get out of our business-as-usual in Washington mentality, as though we believe whatever the television news tells us is true. One can see even in the mainstream news how little legitimacy Washington has. Do you not think the Washington insiders realize – even more so – how far gone things are at this point? Have you ever seen things in Washington, or America this bad before? I haven’t. And the Washington insiders haven’t either, especially those in the CIA – Military. Do you think they won’t act to fill – take advantage of – the power vacuum in DC?

    Washington (i.e., the congress) is and has been at war with the CIA for years now, and the CIA has a way of getting what it wants.

    A lot of elected people in the congress have ended up dead over the years, as have a lot of people in the CIA.

    These cats play for keeps my friend. Don’t fall the mainstream propaganda distraction machine. Use your critical thinking skills to do some research into what’s really going on. When you have the time. Because the storm is coming, and it’s not the 2012 election.




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