Friday, June 27, 2003

The predictable response

Circling Apollo has this to say about prostitution reform:

However, this bill is a double-edged sword. It gets rid of the hypocracy of state-licenced 'massage parlours' which everyone knows are knockshops, but it unleashes hoardes of IRD, DOL and OSH etc etc et al bureaucrats upon the prostitutes.

And that's so much worse than effectively being outside the law and fair game for anyone who wants to exploit or abuse you.

I just don't understand the thinking behind this. Employment rights and the ability to enforce safety standards against those who run unsafe workplaces are a Good Thing, not something to be feared. Unless you're running a massage parlour, I guess.