Not all paternalistic prostitution laws violate individual rights. Some abolitionist and regulationist policies violate no one's rights. Although sexual freedom is a basic liberty, this does not settle the issue of whether a prostitution law violates someone's rights. Rights are valid moral principles. Some rights are grounded on individualistic moral reasoning; others are grounded on sound generalizations about reasons. Paternalistic abolitionist and regulationist policies in some form are consistent with individualistic forms of reasoning because they are consistent with the burdens principle. Some paternalistic prostitution laws are consistent with any sound generalization about paternalistic reasons for the government to limit individual liberty.
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