I was going to write a post today about why I felt prostitutes should be allowed to practise their trade and why clients should be allowed to pay for their services. But I had forgotten about the dangers involved in that business, and how sex workers too often end up being beaten or murdered.

In a perfect world, sex workers and clients should have freedom to engage in some good lovin’ behind closed doors. After all, sex workers have bills to pay like everyone else, and most of their clients are not violent.

But it is not a perfect world, and sex workers are always at risk of being victims.

I don’t know if the trans woman brutally murdered on Wednesday in Philadelphia (see report on NBC site) was a sex worker or not. But this case has shocked me into remembering why there are laws against prostitution . . .