Allow me to put down my usual pie-in-the-face for a moment. Deborah Jean Palfrey, whether she committed suicide or not, was killed by the religious right and the United States government.
She was threatened with going to jail for 50 years for providing a service whereas all participants were willing and, in most cases, eager participants. She swore she would never go to prison for what she did. She harmed no one and only brought pleasure yet she was given the same sentence as a brutal murderer! I know a compulsive car thief who only got 3 months!
Her employees were not a bunch of heroin addicted street whores who were being beaten by their pimps. They were well paid, beautiful, intelligent women who did this because they wanted to whether for the money, the good of humanity or whatever.
I know of a man who is old, fat, miserable -- and rich. He married a stripper who was young and beautiful. Why don't we send her to jail for 50 years? Obviously she's only having sex for the money!
I find it ironic that in Reno, NV (right here in the good old USA), Amsterdam and many countries of the world her trade would be regarded as a legitimate business but our government found it within their nonexistent hearts to put her in jail until she was old and feeble - or dead!
Whether or not one wishes to employ the services of a prostitute is a personal choice. The so-called "Christians" condemn it. Keep in mind, Jesus' woman of choice, Mary what's-her-face, was a prostitute! (There are Christians who would disagree with this but that's because they believe what they want to believe)
Hey Christians, if you don't believe in prostitutes then stop sleeping with them!
It's rumored that her "client list" involved some of the most powerful men in Washington. Why don't we send each one of them to prison for 50 years? They sit there sipping their martinis while Deborah Jean got raked over the coals!
Who uses prostitutes? Young men seeking to lose their virginity, older men who have lost their wives, lonely people who have trouble finding love anywhere else, businessmen with extra cash, politicians, doctors, lawyers, the average joe and, of course, men who are so obnoxious that no woman would have sex with them. Hey wait a minute! That's EVERYONE!!!
Maybe if we eliminate the demand we will eliminate the supply? We will never eliminate the demand for sex! It has been around since two tiny amoeba decided there was a better, more fun way of reproducing than simply splitting in half!
Maybe sex itself should be outlawed?
If we only allowed sex for people who are truly 'in love' we would see a tremendous drop in people having sex. But I hope those two people are very happy!