The local Zumba dance instructor, Alexis Wright, in Kennebunk, Maine has been arrested and charged with over a hundred counts, more than half of them for prostitution. In a small town like Kennebunk that is big news. But the really big news is that the johns have been identified from the Wright’s records and videotapes she secretly made and are not only being charged but their names are being publicly released. Many people are upset, including presumably the johns and their families. The argument against release of the names is that the johns, and more importantly their families are being hurt. The contrary argument is that they are being charged with a crime, engaging a prostitute, and that they should be treated like anyone else charged with a crime.
I see no reason why the johns should be given special treatment. But the more important question is whether consensual sex. whether or not money is involved should be illegal.