MSNBC Host Asks Eliot Spitzer: Should Prostitution Be Legal?

Eliot Spitzer thinks he can regain the publicโ€™s trust. Just donโ€™t ask him about legalizing prostitution.

During an appearance on MSBNC to promote his campaign for New York Cityโ€™s comptrollerโ€™s office, host Michael Smerconish asked Spitzer if prostitution should be legalized.

โ€œIโ€™m not the right person [to ask],โ€ Spitzer responded. โ€œI think that, no. When I was governor, I was proud of the fact โ€” and this is what caused attention โ€” that we passed much tougher human trafficking laws. And I think the problem is that prostitution is, in fact, it is integrally related with other parts of criminal activity that is fundamentally wrong, dangerous, violative, on any dimension.

โ€œIf people are saying, look, two people consensually having sex and thereโ€™s money,โ€ he continued. โ€œWhen you define it that benignly, it sounds somewhat like smoking dope and people say, ah ha, decriminalize it. But it is integrally related with other aspects of criminal behavior.โ€

As New Yorkโ€™s Attorney General, Spitzer had cracked down on prostitution. His crack down on prostitution continued after he became governor, but in 2008 he was reportedly caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute in Washington. Spitzer resigned not long after.

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