Prostitution is not a victimless crime

I read with sadness the editorial "A house of ill repute" (July 28 ) about a house on Bel Air Road in Fullerton. It shattered the notion that prostitution is a victimless crime — these women were trafficked slaves, far from home and anyone who saw them as a person with a heart and soul. The men that profited and those that used them should be ashamed and harshly punished for their greed and selfish complicity in treating women like slaves.

Baltimore County's approach to push these businesses to commercial or industrial areas away from residences, churches and schools may only make them harder to bust, since prying eyes and a call to the national human trafficking hotline, 1-888-373-7888, could help free these victims.

Gangs are now involved in sex and labor trafficking, less risky than drugs. There are Asian massage parlors as well as brothels catering to Latinos, forcing women and girls to service up to 20 men a day with no chance of escape. Individuals can act and communities can organize to lift these wretches out of bondage.

D.J. Paugh, Bowie

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