For years New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has insisted that people who pay for sex and the intermediaries who facilitate that exchange are responsible for violence against women. Hence his February 26 column celebrating the arrests of men who were guilty of nothing but negotiating terms with cops posing as hookers. In reality, says Jacob Sullum, it is prostitution prohibitionists like Kristof who make the occupation unreasonably dangerous by creating a black market in which vendors are subject to theft and assault without legal recourse.
Kristof is hardly unique in avoiding responsibility by casting blame on others. Sullum recalls some other memorable examples from the past year.