Andrew Yang, one of the candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, recently tweeted:

We should consider decriminalizing sex work on the part of the seller – it would be helpful in combating human trafficking. Many sex workers are themselves victims.

I agree with his proposal. But Yang left out something key: we should also consider, and do more than consider by actually changing the law, decriminalizing sex work on the part of the buyer.

I could go into all the ins and outs but I looked back and found that I handled many of the same issues when Jimmy Carter gave an ill-thought out case for making the buyers of prostitutes’ services, but not the sellers, criminally liable. He was half right too.

By the way, I know that people are often talking about how bright Andrew Yang is. I certainly haven’t seen it.