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Thread: Should Dublin have a red light district?

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    Default Should Dublin have a red light district?

    Up until roughly 90 years ago, Dublin had a famous red light district known as Monto. This was reputedly the largest red light district in Europe, and was located in the area around Talbot St, Gardiner St and Amiens St. Anyone who has read Ulysses by Joyce will know it as the 'nighttown' area described in the Circe episode.

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    After independence, the area was 'cleaned up' by the Legion of Mary, and prostitution went underground. Since 1993 it has been illegal for prostitutes to hang around on the streets touting for business.

    Red light districts are major tourist attractions in cities like Amsterdam and Hamburg. The prostitution / sex industry exists in Ireland. Wouldn't it make more economic sense, and be less hypocritical, to allow it to be carried out openly and taxed as any other economic activity?

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    It does, it's called Kildare Street. All the whores are there in one big brothel.

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    There's a plethora of cute hoors in Leinster hHouse if that helps. They are more expensive than the traditional ones.

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    Yes, similar to the recreational drug trade, prostitution needs to be decriminalized, legalized, regulated, and taxed. Regulated brothels should be run on a co-operative basis without pimps and with some of the taxes raised should go towards providing health services and to the prostitutes.

    Anyone using prostitutes outside the regulated sector or anyone involved in pimping should face draconian penalties.
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    No.

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    Though it would be utterly symbolic....The final nail in the coffin of everything that was won in the national revolutionary struggle of the 1918-21.

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    Although I'm in favour of properly legalised prostitution (I am aware that the act is technically legal now), I don't think a red light district is the way to go about it.

    Also the idea that it be promoted for state revenue is totally wrong. The most the state should do is adopt a morally neutral attitude to prostitution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanla sighs View Post
    It does, it's called Kildare Street. All the whores are there in one big brothel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by borntorum
    Wouldn't it make more economic sense, and be less hypocritical, to allow it to be carried out openly and taxed as any other economic activity?
    The ugly truth is that the Great Irish Public are relatively comfortable with prostitution being conducted in private premises through ad listings and mobile phones. We all know that's commonplace even in small towns, and it causes no real outrage.

    But as we saw with legal highs, what the GIP is comfortable with in private, it will often not tolerate out in the open and under legal sanction, no matter how much sense it makes in public policy and harm prevention terms, and no matter how much the business of supply then attracts and rewards criminals.

    If Ireland doesn't legalise the milder sort of head shop, how will it ever tolerate the other?

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    Quote Originally Posted by locke View Post

    Also the idea that it be promoted for state revenue is totally wrong. The most the state should do is adopt a morally neutral attitude to prostitution.
    I'm not suggesting that brothels be given tax breaks! But a properly regulated red light district could prove to be a tourist attraction, even if not a particularly wholesome or family friendly one.

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