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Argument: State resources should not be wasted fighting prostitution

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  • Paul Armentano. "The Case for Legalized Prostitution". December 1993 - "like the all-too-publicized war on drugs, the war on prostitution is yet another battle being waged with tax dollars rather than common sense. Let's look at the price tag for a moment. It is estimated that one in every ten police officers works on vice-related activities. Currently, it is assumed that as much as one-half of a typical urban city's prison female population are prostitutes. In fact, the city of Los Angeles alone spends close to 100 million dollars annually dealing with illegal prostitution. The real cost, of course, is that these public resources could have been used to protect law-abiding citizens from real criminals."

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