Modern wisdom likes to view the prostitute as a business woman with a unique product, who is doing her part in the civic realm, supporting herself in a society that prudishly scorns her contribution. Movies love to twist plots so that "the madam with the heart of gold" is the only sane character, and conventional morality has blinded others to the Real Story. Er, no.
A sad story noted on Fox gives this quote:
"Even though the woman is a prostitute, it doesn't mean she couldn't be a victim," Dalton said Wednesday. "Once she says 'No, it's not OK,' then to have sex with her is rape."
Background: woman contacted for sex ($150) by man, who then refused to pay and allowed his friends to have their way with her -- with no financial compensation. The judge has been upbraided because he found the men guilty of "theft of services."
How about rethinking the whole premise of these "services" and wrap our minds around the possibility that all prostitutes are victims, even when the "compensation" is offered? How about imagining that women (no matter how much they protest) have been sucked into a business that usually has them in a cycle of dependency including addictions, extortion, and oppression?
The judge's verdict is simply an application of the entire premise that sex means nothing other than a bartering object in a low-life economy. (An economy that many high schools and sports teams like to experiment with...) When will sanity prevail to the degree that these women are saved from this living death that serves a chain of sharks who don't give a damn for her?