FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Libertarian Party of Massachusetts
Jeff Lyons, Chairman
Upon learning that Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots had been charged for soliciting prostitution in a massage parlor in Jupiter Florida, Jeff Lyons, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts issued the following statement:
"The Libertarian Party has always asserted that consenting adults should be able to exchange whatever goods and services they wish, so long as both parties willingly agree to the terms. It should be pointed out that had Robert Kraft been in Nevada, this would have been a legal activity.
"The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts believes that human sex trafficking is a serious crime, and the organizers of such crimes should be targeted, not consenting adults engaged in a commercial transaction.
"The government should not be seeking to restrict commerce, nor should it pass a moral judgement on consensual activities between adults. Assuming both parties in this case were adults and consenting, we call for the immediate dismissal of the misdemeanor charges against Bob Kraft and the decriminalization of prostitution, which we believe would deny human traffickers the ability to operate a black market. Until consensual sexual commerce is legalized, I fear these heinous acts will continue."
The Libertarian Party platform includes the following plank:
2.10 Sex Work
The Libertarian Party supports the decriminalization of prostitution. We assert the right of consenting adults to provide sexual services to clients for compensation, and the right of clients to purchase sexual services from consenting sex workers.
Author: Kenny Kelly
The Libertarian Party held its biggest non-presidential national convention in 2018 in New Orleans days before the Fourth of July holiday. The elections were intense, the fundraising skyrocketed, liberty was in the air, and fun was abundant.
The convention had a good start with a march of the fallen veterans led by Iraq War veteran and libertarian lion Adam Kokesh, protesting the corruption of the VA system. A memorial for the late Dr. Marc Allan Feldman was held - he was THAT libertarian.
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