New Jersey’s Republican former lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno unwittingly made a good case for the legalization of sex work while attempting to trash the state’s proposed recreational cannabis bill.
“If they need revenue that badly let’s legalize a victimless crime and tax it up the wazoo,” she told 101.5 FM host Bill Spadea on Tuesday. “What do I mean by that? Let’s legalize prostitution. It’s better for women because they’ll get good medical care, it will cut out the middleman — if you know what I mean — and it’s between two consenting adults.”
“I know it sounds outrageous,” she continued. “But that’s what it sounds like to legalize pot to me.” Guadagno went on to question the state’s revenue estimates should it legalize recreational marijuana, and capped it all with a dig at the ten US states and federal district who have already made the switch. “Look at the states where it’s already been legalized and ask yourself the question; is this New Jersey?” she pleaded.
Guadagno’s rhetoric could have been a win for sex worker advocates and allies, who have long held that legalization and regulation of the sex trade would make its workers safer. Unfortunately, they were