Re: Suppressing prostitution never works
"The issue with that model is that most prostitutes aren't in it for a career, they just want to make a bit of money in the short term"
That would be part of the support network, providing former prostitutes a new identity (Or operate under a nom-de-whore, so to speak) where if they could put some generic-sounding customer service job on their resumes and have former coworkers able to vouch for them. Also, may offer re-location, so that they don;t end up running into someone they knew while working. But I figure that providing safe and secure work spaces, paying a fair wage, and giving them a bit more agency over their bodies, there may be quite a few people wanting to make it into a career, or at least a long-term side-gig.
"Actors, musicians and artists often have agents to take care of their legal, accounting, and marketing needs. Why not also prostitutes?"
Well, the idea of what a pimp does isn't the bad part, its what happens in practice that is the issue. Even in places like Amsterdam or Nevada, the brothel owners tend to go quite abusive on their employees. They're out to make a profit and tend to lack the ability to understand the position they are putting their employees in (forcing them to service terrible clients that otherwise pay quite a lot, in some cases getting away with everything short of murder). In areas where prostitution is illegal, the prostitutes are almost always emotionally abused quite regularly, physically abused in the vast majority of cases, and in many cases, repeatedly sexually abused by the pimp, if not by the client (In many cases, they end up in a situation where if they don't do heinous things for the client, they'll have those same things performed upon them by their pimp).