Prostitution Should Be Legalized

If it's the world's oldest profession, why is it illegal? Should sex be treated as a commodity or is it sacred?

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Safety of the parties involved

By regulating prostitution, the safety of all parties can be monitored. Sex workers would be screened for STIs and protected from potentially harmful clients. The clients would also get the same benefits, as can be proven by the system of legalized prostitution in parts of Nevada.

The opposition say that it would lead to the more vulnerable of society getting involved but the presupposes that all prostitution is harmful to women and that prostitutes' voices are never credible when they defend prostitution as an alternative

Furthermore the fact that prostitutes are not on the whole well educated does not mean anything. Prostitutes often are undereducated and this means that their choices are far more limited, many would prefer to work in an industry where they make relatively decent money, can work child friendly hours and don't come home physically destroyed. The alternatives often are labour heavy, hour intensive menial work which would not necessarily leave them happy or content.

Approximately 25% of prostitutess fare better than the average woman, 50% have similar experiences and 25% have experiences that can be described as nightmareish. However, if you look at this group they are already especially vulnerable and often illegal immigrants or drug dependent i.e. the ready-made victims of exploitation.

Promoting prostitution as a career choice would lead to people from more vulnerable sectors of society getting into it more readily than they otherwise would have.

Most prostitutes take hard drugs as the result of trying to escape what they have started. They then find that they must continue selling sex in order to pay for their next fix.

The fact that prostitutes are not, on the whole, happy, content, well-educated people should be proof enough that this is not the kind of work we should look fondly on.

Anyone entering this business would, undoubtedly, require a lot of counselling to undo the emotional damage caused by selling sex to strangers.

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Taxation

By legalizing prostitution, the service can be taxed, and the money recycled into federal programs.

Other services can be taxed that don't lead to the workers concerned spiralling into emotional turmoil.

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The war on prostitution

Just as the war on drugs has been an abysmal failure, the war on prostitution has merely led to a giant loss of tax dollars and police time. Where there are willing buyers and sellers, a market will exist, and no amount of vice police or moral lecturing will change that.

That the war on drugs has been a failure has not led to the legalization of drugs around the world. Failure to prevent something is not an argument for legalizing it, more an incentive to examine the methods being employed to combat the problem.
Most Western countries anti-prostitution laws focus on the prostitutes themselves, as they are the most visible target for police to take actions against and secure easy convictions. Any laws against kerb crawling are poorly enforced at best as it is much more difficult to obtain convictions for kerb crawling. This style of policing only creates a revolving door system of justice where prostitutes are soon back on the streets, continuing to employ their trade as they do not have the wherewithal to obtain lawful employment.
Law reforms should decriminalize the sale of prostitution in favour of harsher sanctions on the purchase. This has a number of benefits in that there is now a disincentive in place for the clients where there was no real disincentive before, prostitutes no longer have a reason not to go to the police for fear of being arrested and it allows support services to work with prostitutes with a view to finding them a way out of the profession. This has had marked success in Sweden with no reason why it could not be employed in other countries.

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Centres Resources

Allows resources to be used to combat the most dangerous forms of prostiution, for example since New Zealand decriminalised brothels there has been an increase in successful prosecutions against brothel owners who employ under 18s

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Legalize it

I think prostitution should be legal considering it was in the US and in most countries in the 1800's it should be legalized there will always be that want to get paid for sex.

NO ! you can not legalize something because you want people to pay tax for it or you feel people have been doing it for quite some century or so, Taking morality and ethics into consideration it is our society that is suffering and is been endangered by these young ladies. Beside many result into these to escape from poverty and most of them are always on drugs to keep them going and to hide away from the nightmare of the job that hunts them. Many broken homes has been as a result of this prostitute of a thing. It’s really a shameful act and most really be abolish. These young ladies deserve to have a better future like any other person in the society, not just roaming from one bed to another claiming they are doing something call social work or so. They need to be rehabilitated and given something else to do to earn a more mind peaceful earning they can wake up with it everyday of their life and be happy like everyone of us. These people are not happy , they do this thing out of frustration and to keep their family going. I will give an instance “over 20000 Nigerians girls are in prisons in three countries in Africa” because of something like this ,and we are not talking of those moving to Europe and else where ,all trying to escape poverty just to go and prostitute. The fact that it is practice sometime ago when the world was just growing or will I say developing and things are been put in place doesn’t meant it should be made legal.
Imagine a prostitute who is married and have family and still go around doing her social work, then how are you sure the child is the legitimate child of the man she is married to ? …ok…I know you wont dare to marry a prostitute …why ? …are they not humans like us ? or should they be used and dump like used stuffs ?....I think its time the world come together and doing something about these. So that we can live together peacefully in a better society.

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Definitely legalise

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has been accused of back-tracking on a pledge to criminalise men who pay for sex with women forced into prostitution.

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Legalize it or not, but it will be all time

As you know prostitution is "the world's oldest profession." Its was and it will be in our society.You can do nothing with that. If it will be legalized, I think everybody just gets positive. will be feel more safety, society get additional money tax. . .
Definitely it shouldn`t be illigal, because as you know everything what illigal it`s more expensive and it`s more dangerous for people who in this business. . .

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Roe v. Wade

In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court legally established, "right of privacy, whether it be founded in the Fourteenth Amendment's concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action, as we feel it is, or, as the district court determined, in the Ninth Amendment's reservation of rights to the people, is broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy." Although Roe v. Wade has not been used as a precedent to establish the legality of prostitution, if it can shield abortion, it should be able to shield prostitution.

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Legalisation or Decrimilisation

It is important to define whether you mean legalisation or decriminalization; these are very different concepts and worldwide have led to different results. Furthermore how exactly would you legalise, do you propose a system such as Holland where there are parks which you go to for Sex or a system more like Queensland in Australia?

Decriminalisation has recently (2004) occured in New Zealand and also occured in New South Wales; however there are still substantial regulatory differences and these regulations give substantial differences in outcome

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Morality of Prostitution

First and foremost, prostitution is not in any form slavery. Women/men are not selling THEMSELVES... they are providing a service in exchange for money. It is a CHOICE that these women/men provide what they do, a choice that they should be FREE to make. Within society the words 'gay', 'fag', 'whore', 'slut', 'bitch', 'fat', 'ugly',.. (I believe you get the point...) are still the most powerful insults to any of the following they insult. That is discrimination... that is of course offensive but not directly related to prostitution. That is the weakness of our country lowering the esteem of each other opposed to working together to be stronger and more unified. Regardless, ones morals are not and do not relate to anothers. We live in a free world, therefore are entitled to our own opinions, beliefs, and choices. Additionally, if you attempt to "legislate morality", whose morals are to be used? Consensus?

Within society today the words 'whore' and 'slut' are still the most powerful insults that can be leveled against a woman. The power behind these words derive from the belief that to consent to selling your body in such a fashion as prostitution, is to degrade yourself as a person and your essential humanity as it is tantamount to a form of sexual slavery.

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People Trafficking

Human trafficking in relation to prostitution coincides so greatly in America at this time because we allow these men and women who CHOOSE to partake in this workforce to be vulnerable. In America today, prostitution is the MOST DANGEROUS job and unsurprisingly enough police are less than willing to provide aid to prostitutes who have been raped, beaten or harassed. We are turning our backs on human beings that rely on the same protection as any other person. Also with brothels being legitimate businesses, the number of girls that are under 18, or not of age of consent who willingly prostitute themselves, will greatly diminish.By legalizing prostitution America we will be able to provide security to these people. America will be able to provide stability and protection for these people. Overall America will be able to prevent things like sex trafficking happening to defenseless prostitutes, and providing more government money to attack, find, arrest, and prosecute the ring leaders of sex trafficking.

People trafficking is still a huge problem despite the abolition of the slave trade 200 years ago. More than one person is trafficked across their borders every minute.
[[http://www.stopthetraffik.org/humantrafficking/background.aspx]]

Most of the people trafficked into the country are girls who are sold into prostitution. Can you imagine how many more innocent girls will be promised a better life, taken from their homes and then sold into a profession like prostitution in developed countries across the world?
By legalising prostitution, traffickers will have a get-out clause with the law and the people they traffick will suffer. Surely we can't allow this?!

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1 Prostitution has a negative influence on society

Promotes the wide spread of STI’s (STD)
Prostitution is an institution that doles out death and disease to women
Weitzer, R. (2010, 21 February). The Mythology of Prostitution: Advocacy Research and Public Policy. Retrieved from http://cybersolidaires.typepad.com/The-mythology-of-prostitution.pdf

Increasing violent crimes

A woman working as a prostitute would expect an annual average of a dozen incidents of violence and 300 instances of unprotected sex.
Levitt, S., Venkatesh, S. ( 2007 September). An Empirical Analysis of Street-Level Prostitution. Retrieved from http://economics.uchicago.edu/pdf/Prostitution%205.pdf.

Although 60% of women reported that buyers had sometimes been prevented from abusing them, half of those same women answered that, nonetheless, they thought that they might be killed by one of their buyers
Raymond , J. (2003). Ten Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution And a Legal Response to the Demand for Prostitution. Retrieved from http://www.honourconsulting.com/pdf/raymond.pdf

Prostitution degrades women
Men see women as a “sexual object” to their lives

Oppression theorists insist that prostitution is by definition a form of violence against women “Prostitution must be exposed for what it really is: a particularly lethal form of male violence against women”
Weitzer, R. (2010, 21 February). The Mythology of Prostitution: Advocacy Research and Public Policy. Retrieved from http://cybersolidaires.typepad.com/The-mythology-of-prostitution.pdf

Legalization of prostitution sends the message to new generations of men and boys that women are sexual commodities and that prostitution is harmless fun
Raymond , J. (2003). Ten Reasons for Not Legalizing Prostitution And a Legal Response to the Demand for Prostitution. Retrieved from http://www.honourconsulting.com/pdf/raymond.pdf

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