Hawaii debating legalizing prostitution

Hawaii, the place for newlyweds to Honeymoon, and then come back divorced.

starbulletin.com | News | /2007/02/13/ A bill to legalize some prostitution in the islands has the backing of at least 14 state lawmakers and many women’s rights advocates. Supporters say they mainly want to start debate of the sensitive topic and explore alternatives to decades of selling sex on Honolulu streets. They include 13 co-sponsors in the House, one sponsor in the Senate and the Hawaii Women’s Coalition, whose members represent more than 200 organizations. But House Bill 982 (and companion Senate Bill 706) might not pass this year. It appears unlikely the bill will get a hearing this session. The decriminalization bill would permit sexual favors done in private, and it would designate areas where prostitution is allowed.