From Human Nature on Slate:
Oklahomans are debating a “video vigilante” war on prostitution. The vigilante tapes men using prostitutes, edits the video for taste but not to protect identity, and posts it on his Web site. Impact: Hundreds of men have been taped; one clip has been viewed 340,000 times. Rationales: 1) It deters would-be johns. 2) Prostitution ruined his neighborhood. 3) Cops and courts weren’t convicting johns. 4) If you don’t want your sex to be taped, don’t do it in public. Objections: 1) It’s invasive. 2) It’s prurient. 3) It implies guilt even if nobody has been convicted. 4) He enjoys it too much. 5) He has turned it into a business, with profits from his site, YouTube ads, and selling video to talk shows. Human Nature’s view: Taping public sex is no scummier than doing it, and making the sex private solves the vigilante problem.
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