America has waged a long and sordid war against gambling, pornography, prostitution and drugs.
Of course we had a very bloody war against alcohol too. Vice brings the scorn of religious folks that want us all to live Christ-like. I don’t see anything wrong with being Christ-like, but for our government’s demand that we follow religious ideals.
Vice crimes are a victimless classification of offenses that have purely religious origins.
Sometimes people are kidnapped to work as sex slaves and that is absolutely a concern of any government. That’s not a valid excuse for government to try and regulate anyone’s sex life. There are lots of valid laws that regulate kidnapping.
Today Deborah Jeane Palfrey, known as the "D.C. Madam," hanged herself rather that deal with a 55 year prison term she faced for hurting nobody. I find the penalties themselves shocking and the suicide revolting. I cannot see a lengthy prison term as somehow a better option than death.
Our prisons mix cannibals, deranged perverts and purely violent people with gentle prisoners. Inmates are all treated poorly by a miserable underclass of government workers misleadingly called correctional officers. Simple loss of freedom is pale by comparison.
Presently the United States has more people in prison per capita than any other country. Why do we throw good money after bad destroying lives over petty vice crimes? I don’t think that’s what Christ ever intended.