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Is It Legal For U.S. Marines to Use Hookers?

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It should be a no-brainer here. Marines are America’s most elite fighting force. Because of this, it attracts men and women who want to get in the fight. So you know if you join the Corps., it is likely you will see combat. So even if your primary M.O.S. is “Food Service Specialist,” you may fight. Also, the people there are younger and more testosterone filled than the other branches. Of course, our sister services have SEALS, Rangers, and Berets, etc. But those are special units. Also, they are older than the average 19 years old freshly graduated “Devildog” private.

Because of this, when young male Marines hit Oceanside, near Camp Pen, or get weekend liberty in Okinawa, they want sex. Most of all, they are looking for female attention. Furthermore, the fact he just barely started puberty makes this even truer. Some people suggest that Marines could get hit with sexual assault charges easily. And we have seen this happen time and time again in Okinawa. So now we hear calls for Marines with the high libido to get prostitutes. But these calls are not from Marines; they are from the Mayor of Okinawa!

Legalities of Paid Sex Under the UCMJ

It seems like we need to address the legalities under the UCMJ of a Marine seeking out paid sex. After all, most women don’t just give it up unless there is a relationship that lasts longer than a port call. According to reports at the Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, the mayor of Osaka said something shocking on Monday. He said U.S. service members should consider controlling their sexual energies by soliciting prostitutes. The mayor’s suggestion did not impress a Marine commander in Okinawa.

Toru Hashimoto, the co-leader of the Japan Restoration Party, visited the Marine Corps Air Station’s commander last month. Hashimoto told the commander that Marines should utilize Japan’s legalized sex industry. During the Monday press video conference held in Osaka, he said in Japan there are places to release their energy legally. Hashimoto called the service members “wild Marines.” He said without using these facilities, it will be difficult to control sexual energies of the Marines.

So For Now Brothels are Off Limits

Hashimoto told reporters that the commander had a bitter smile and said that brothels are off-limits to U.S. service members. In Japan Hashimoto is known for making controversial statements and told reporters that service members have a lot of energy since their missions place them in life-threatening situations. He said the service members need to think of a way to release the energy.

The Marine Corps officials were not available to comment on the issue at that time. Hashimoto made remarks about World War II and Japan’s use of “comfort women.” He said the Japanese military, Chinese, Korean’s and others uses its women for sex, which stymied international relations between Japan and other Asian countries. The current right-wing leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party discussions about if they should amend a 20-year-old government apology resulted in protests earlier in the year in both China and Korea.

Monday Hashimoto said it was necessary at the time to have the comfort women system to maintain “discipline in the Japanese military, even if the women were forced to submit. The Recreation and Amusement Association for U.S. troops was created after the end of World War II for service members to engage in prostitution. In 1946 after four months General Douglas MacArthur, who was in charge during the post-war Japan occupation ended the association.

Is It Illegal for Marines to Solicit Prostitutes?

The answer is yes! The Uniform Code of Military Justice makes service members subject to court martial for the patronizing of prostitutes. The prostitutes were created post-war in a way that was within the law and found in “Soapland,” massage parlors and hostess bars. In the Honcho neighborhood approximately 40 miles south of Tokyo at the Yokosuka Naval Base, multiple massage parlors are off-limits to service members. Also, they offer more than back rubs.

Hidden within the neighborhood are brothels occasionally are raided by the police. But then they later show up in new locations. In some instances, military customers at massage parlors can become victims. And they have little official recourse. Two sailors told Stars and Stripes recently they were using massage parlors. These were located in the vicinity of Yokosuka Naval Base. Both these men had money stolen from their debit cards.

  • Theft

Under the guise of anonymity, one of the sailors stated one of the women removed his pants and his wallet with them. He said after returning from a months-long ship deployment he had $6,000 stolen from his debit card. Further, the sailor provided his military ID card to confirm his identity. But he wished to remain anonymous.

The sailor said it was an issue he would need to work out on his own since he is nearing retirement. Upon arriving in Japan at orientation briefings, U.S. service members are told that massage parlors and similar businesses are off-limits. This message was repeated as a reminder in a Stars and Stripes query by Commander Naval Forces Japan spokesman Jon Nylander:

“The Navy does not condone patronizing prostitutes, massage parlors, Soaplands and any other manner of establishment that offers sexual services, as this is entirely against our core values of respect for persons, moral integrity and human dignity.”

According to the director of Polaris Project Japan Shihoko Fujiwara, a Toyko-based group, many of the women working within these businesses are victims of human trafficking. The team works with victims. Also, it runs a hotline for anyone seeking help.

Problems of Sex Trafficking

Fujiwara said it’s a common misconception that all women in prostitution want to sell their bodies. He said it is not a victimless crime. 
Fujiwara went on to state he understands what Hashimoto is saying. Also, human sex traffickers are smart and adapt. So when trafficking women from Southeast Asia they often use student and spousal visas. In the past they relied on visas for entertainers, Fujiwara said.

Polaris has worked with victims who they said might get treated decently in the beginning. But they got told they would be able to look for legitimate employment. Fujiwara said this changes after the women get beaten and get forced into sexual service. Fujiwara said that the victim might be smiling. Also, they appear to be providing sexual service voluntarily. So the customer seeking sexual services thinks it’s ok. But he said the women have no choice, but to bring money in or they will be homeless.

Potential Rape Charges and the Brig

So as seen above, Marines may need sex. But paying for a hooker pays for an underground sex slave industry. Also, it opens Marines up to assaults and theft at the brothel. Last, it opens up Marines to potential rape charges, not to mention STD’s. So I don’t know what the answer is. But Marine Corps Lore says Chesty Puller wanted dedicated beer machines and hookers for each barracks.

Ignoring that young warriors need sexual release could make things worse in the long run. Chesty seems to have realized this. When I had been stationed at Camp Pendleton, the drinking age on base was 17. So there are things soccer moms and left-wing politicians to need to understand. Furthermore, this is the only reason they are free. Because of these Marines, rough men stand ready to do violence on behalf of the weak.

In the age of allowing men to marry men and men confused about their gender using female restrooms, isn’t it time we let Marines pay for hookers? So why not look at ways to sexually satisfy young people who could get killed in combat. After all, they are defending these new freedoms? Sound off.


Interview with Rexford Early [9/30/2008] – Veteran’s History Project (Source.)

The 45 Most Bad ass Lines Ever Uttered in Real Life – Pinterest (Source.)

Osaka mayor: ‘Wild Marines’ should consider using prostitutes – Stars and Stripes (Source.)

Prostitution Illegal Under Pending UCMJ Changes – CWA (Source.)

California Porn Restrictions – Government Overreach or Fairness?

parental advice warning on screen of retro orange television
parental advice warning on the screen of a retro orange television

There are many victims of domestic transmission of AIDS, HIV, herpes, and other diseases. Along with diseases for which there are no known cures.

In fact, a few well-trained lawyers have the experience and training to undertake positive steps on behalf of hurt dating partners. Even those who got infected during a “one night stand” situation.

The law is clear, even if a spouse’s contaminated by their significant other. The infected partner may become entitled to sue under many different theories of civil law.

So this might include negligent tort law. But in the porn industry, things can modify the rights of the parties, but maybe not in all cases. This editorial explores the clash between the state and the rights of consenting actors and actresses in porn. Along with the potentially devastating effects of the California economy and freedom, as a result.

Consent to Infection?

The situation changes a bit when both partners or multiple partners are aware of the potential diseases the other partner has. Then engage in sex acts and other types of risky activities. While not wearing any disease protection. When it is a one on one situation, it is typically easier to win a case. But in cases such as where a female takes on multiple males in a sex party.

It becomes tough to sue those fellow swingers, or wife swappers, for example. But this is because the parties to these physical acts all knew or should have known. That certain people would get infected with a disease was plausible and probable from the start.

Of course, an exception can apply. For example, when a sex partner intentionally or even negligently conceals a disease then infects his/her buddies and sex slaves/partners. But these group sex type infections are tough cases to win. Simply due to the social issues and public views of morality. It is very hard to find the right jury for this kind of case.

San Francisco might be a suitable venue. But a conservative town like the City of Orange, in Orange County, might not be such a perfect place to hold a civil trial. For example, a herpes infection suit involving a swingers club.

Porn Stars and Place of Employment Laws – Civil Lawsuits.

The situation gets a little trickier for employers, however. When there is a porn film involves double penetration and other riskier sexual acts. One form activity, such as “Bukake” films, require a woman usually.

Having multiple men masturbate and then ejaculate on a woman’s face is an STD risk. The risk to the female actress is getting eye herpes and other diseases entering her body via her tear and eye ducts. The risk to the female star is eye herpes. And other diseases entering her body via her tear and eye ducts are possible.

So although the adults have consented to these acts, the state decided it needs to step in and protect people from themselves. So the state is a sort of nanny. But this is because there are Draconian employment laws in California. The state has placed itself under a duty to protect workers, even if the risky activities have consented to these acts.

Workman’s Comp and Lawsuits.

Just imagine the Workman’s Comp claims and costs of Protease Inhibitors, for example. When multiple workers all come down with AIDS after a homosexual porn video, politicians freak out. Economics come into play. It costs the state a fortune to treat AIDS.

There is also the chance that actors and actresses can clog our courts with lawsuits. Arguing that actors had “constructive knowledge” that his or her actions would lead to herpes. After engaging in high-risk behavior somewhere else such as unprotected sex with multiple partners or sex with prostitutes. Then failing to inform his or her employer at the film company, or other actors and actresses.

So if a sex partner during a movie, infects another actor with hep C, there is always the risk of a lawsuit. Even if the parties signed a waiver, you could not waive away intentional or negligent acts unknown to you. But that is known to the person causing you the harm. So with that in mind, judicial economy, as well as the state’s interest in heavy regulation in the state’s porn industry is understandable.

Enter The California Porno “Goggles Law.”

For years the state seemed like the perfect place to open up or expand a business. It’s perfect weather and great location. The excellent infrastructure led to a boom in the years following  W.W. II. Instead, today the state struggles under the weight of over-regulation and government overreach. Businesses and residents flee the state in increasing numbers as its economy struggles. The state’s promise appears to be fading due to an over-eager govt hand.

Take even the adult industry. The porn industry has flourished due to the state’s film studios. Along with the essential permissive social attitudes, actors and directors came to take part in the business. And this is a company that generated billions of dollars and entered into millions of homes. Now, significant restrictions are threatening to destroy the state’s entire adult business.

As discussed in the examples above, the state now wants to keep bodily fluids from getting into the eyes of people in the adult film industry.  Goggles are the solution to our moral regulators and overseers. But this has come under scrutiny after a series of anti-business measures in the state and locally.

  • The Los Angeles Porn Star Condom Law

Los Angeles recently passed a regulation requiring condom use in porn filming. As the Los Angeles Times reported, such an action led to a dramatic decline in filming from what had been the king of the adult industry. As a result of the restrictions, filming is moving to other parts of the state. 

These feel good laws, like unearned wage increases, for example. It influences businesses to shut down or move to Texas. And this is just one in a series of laws that scares away businesses.  So companies that would be enriching the economy are now leaving.

So now people are still suffering in this terrible and unending recession. However, under a raft of proposed new terms, the porn industry may totally leave the state.

The Proposed California Porn Star “Goggles Law” and Other Regulatory Bedfellows.

New rules under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, may require abrupt changes. Condoms are needed for all film shots. Then all on the set would have to wear goggles to protect against bodily fluids. You can read the California OSHA Board directive here. The industry is up in arms over yet another overreach in the industry. One that provides an estimated $7 to $13 billion to the state every year.


The erosion of freedom is not always noticeable right at first. There are often a series of small events that regulators put in place. For the “common good” that build up over time. After a while, nearly everything that is not expressly allowed becomes forbidden.

First, it starts as a local initiative. Now it appears that the Golden State is about to kill the goose that lays golden eggs. Under the guise of protecting us from ourselves.

Further Reading  Sexually transmitted diseases surge in California.  Health and Safety in the Adult Film Industry.

Construction Accident Liability Claims

The construction industry consists of building contractors, subcontractors, tradespeople, and laborers. The sites where construction takes place involves building equipment. These often put tradespeople and laborers at risk of being hurt on the job.

When a worker gets injured at a construction site, the liability for a claim to recover damages may rest with many parties. Examples include the employer, contractor or subcontractor.

But depending on the type of incident, there may be a third party liable for the damages. This is because in some cases the equipment or tools used are inferior. So they have defects. In this case, the manufacturer of the equipment may be held liable.

Construction related mishaps.

In this case, the manufacturer of the equipment may be held accountable. Construction-related accidents can occur on both large and small job sites.

During 2014 the building participation rate for employment has been holding at 8.2 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor statistical data. In 2012 the turnout was a small percentage higher, and during that time approximately 19.3% of workplace fatalities occurred within the construction industry.

These deaths are categorized as:

  • Electrocution: Electrocution deaths totaled 8.1 percent or 66 individual construction workers fatal injuries.
  • Struck by Object: Deaths caused by falling objects equated to 79 fatalities or 9.8%.
  • Falls: Falls contributed to the highest number of fatalities in the construction industry. There were 279 deaths or 34.6%.
  • Trapped: Workers in the construction industry who died from being caught or trapped equaled 13 deaths or 1.6%.

Standard Construction Mishaps.

In the construction field, certain accidents are caused by:

  • Improper safety at the site.
  • Poor training.
  • Coworker incidences through unsafe job practices.
  • Debris at construction sites.
  • Dangerous equipment.
  • Defective equipment.
  • Scaffold incidences.

Workplace Safety.

Just like other industries construction sites can be dangerous and to help protect workers, there are rules and regulations for most work areas. The Department of Labor oversees the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970. And it was enacted to ensure safety precautions are used at construction projects. Under this Act, the employer has specific obligations, and employees have individual rights.

OSHA Employer Obligations.

OSHA rules and regulations that employers must follow to ensure a safe work environment for workers includes:

  • Making certain the job site is free from foreseeable hazards.
  • Educating the employees of OSHA safety and held standards that apply.
  • Displaying the OSHA Act official poster that describes the rights and responsibilities under the act.
  • Informing employees of the availability, existence, and location of medical and exposure records when first employed with an annual requirement to inform employees of these files. The employer must provide the records upon request by the employee.
  • Making certain tools and equipment are in good condition and safe for use.
  • Written documentation should include a comprehensive hazard communication program. Covered items are employee training programs, material safety data, and container labeling.
  • Ensuring employees understand the language safety training gets conducted.

OSHA Employee Rights

Under the 1970 OSHA Act employees have certain rights that provide protection from dangerous workplaces or security hazards.

These rights include:

  • Rules and Regulations: The employer should provide the employee with the appropriate copies of the standards, rules, and regulations, along with the employee requirements for the employee to review.
  • Request Inspections: Employees have a right under the act to apply to an OSHA area director inspect the workplace if the employee believes some conditions violate the standards of the rules and regulations or if there are hazardous conditions. During this inspection, the employee can have an authorized employee representative to accompany the OSHA compliance officer throughout the inspection.
  • Name Withheld: The employee has the right to have their name withheld from the employer when making requests to OSHA in the event they sign and file a written complaint.
  • Retaliation: The employee is to be free from any retaliatory or discriminatory actions taken by the employer as a result of an OSHA complaint.
  • Medical Records: The employee should have access to proper employee exposure and medical records.
  • Testing: The employee should be provided copies of testing done for possible hazards in the workplace.
  • Records: The employee has the right to review records of work-related illness and injuries.
Financial Compensation Remedies.

In some cases, those injured may be employees rather than independent subcontractors. When employees get hurt, their only financial compensation claim may be workers compensation. In other situations, it would go against the insurance company or employer.

In most cases, the employee will not have the option to bring a lawsuit against the company since worker’s compensation is a viable option. If the product make was responsible, you could sue all in the chain of commerce.

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