Military to Ban Hookers

Troops angry over no-hookers plan (UPI)

U.S. troops stationed in Germany are upset over plans to change the Uniform Code of Military Justice to make paying for sex a punishable offense. In Germany, unlike other areas of the world where U.S. troops are stationed, prostitution is legal and women who choose the world’s oldest profession are taxed like any other workers. They also are given regular health checks.

Pfc. Marty Conyers of the 464th Replacement Detachment on Rhein-Main told the European edition of Stars & Stripes changing the UCMJ would be unfair to troops. “It would be different if it were some third-world country that had no jobs and no opportunity, and women were forced into it,” Army Sgt. Adam Z. Pastor said. “It’s a little bit pushy to enforce that law here.” Military wife Dana Molnar advises defense officials to stop fretting over troops’s sex lives. “It seems like we can spend our time worrying about more important things,” she told the newspaper.

Amusing. This will actually have much more impact in South Korea, where soldiers on one year “hardship” tours are accustomed to the services of incredibly inexpensive prostitutes right outside the base.

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