Bad news for all the hookers and pimps out there.
President Cristina Kirchner signed a decree banning the publication of sex ads in local newspapers.
Kirchner said the decree will help end discrimination against women who are “humiliated” through sexual exploitation and objectification.
Prostitution is legal in Argentina and Kirchner indicated she wouldn’t do anything to change this, saying she won’t penalize women for exercising the world’s oldest profession. Click here for a post I did back in 2007 about the legality of prostitution in Buenos Aires.
“Let it be clear: We’re never going to condemn any woman because most of the time they don’t choose the life that they’re living,” she said in a speech Tuesday.
But Kirchner indicated the decree offers another added benefit, at least from her point of view. Newspapers, she said, make a lot of profit by selling sex ads to prostitutes.
By banning the ads, Kirchner has taken away another source of income from the ever-despised coup-mongering, opposition media like Grupo Clarin.
Of course, banning the publication of sex ads may do little to prevent the kinky skin-friction business from thriving. Countless local websites offer Amazon.com-like opportunities (warning: this is a graphic, XXX link) for prostitutes to reach their clientele.
Some local whorehouses even use Google Maps to woo Johns into their pleasure palaces.
The ban on newspaper ads seems so old-school when today’s pleasure pushers are so Web 2.0.