Prostitution should be legal

Prostitution is legal and illegal in many parts of the world. The usual reasons for legalizing the profession of sex-work are in line with those for legalizing substance abuse, a) if made illicit, underground/black market thrives. b) More exciting when forbidden c) Prostitutes like substance abusers are less likely to go to hospital in case of emergency for fear of arrest. So increased risk for fatalities via STD/ VDs, beatings etc.
Another argument specific to prostitution is that it is a legitimate, longstanding and established line of work that transcends time, geography and culture. There is no place in the world or period of history where/when sex trade does-did not exist.

Prostitution should be legal

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Making it illegal helps exploit those we should be protecting

"Those who care about women’s rights, a concept that has been recently mobilised in Italy, condemn the ‘cleansing’ policy because they recognize that it not only increases the invisibility and exploitation (and forced labor) of sex workers, but it also weakens the workers’ contractual power, while strengthening the power of the rackets."
[[http://www.xtalkproject.net/?p=740]]

Point being the sex trade has existed since time immemorial while measures have been taken to shame, vilify and abuse sex workers, the trade will not disappear if the cycle of punishing sex workers when demand famously creates supply, continues.

Unless avenues for safe work alternatives for unskilled workers can be opened, prostitution is here to stay. People need to eat and where and when there is nowhere to turn a murderous filthy racket/mobster/gangster or a sleazy aficionado or a curious college/university student is all there is. There should also be protection mechanisms employed to ensure that a former prostitute has not his/her life to fear before and after entering another walk of life.

There are plenty of jobs for unskilled workers, janitorial positions are the most common. Most prostitutes are runaways or victims of extreme harassment (ranging from incestuous to violent and both) . If these [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfrEN8kT2ek]] people were offered a chance to believe that they are not solely made-for-sex and good for nothing else they would exit the trade or never even enter the trade. Problem is, psychological counselling and great parenthood is lacking in many homes. Prostitution may have existed long enough and during that time has proved to be no less of an ill/bane.

Prostitution should be legal

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What's legal is safe and clean

NOT all prostitution is generated via abuse. Many choose to enter the profession because they think they're good at it. Mary Adelaide was a prostitute by most counts. "If we are not willing to consider hundreds of thousands of women as mere, agency void “victims” or “naive”, and if we are unwilling to condemn women’s aspirations to economic independence, educational and career development, then the only problem about prostitution from the point of view of women’s rights could only be its criminalization, and the few other options available to achieve these aspirations – amongst which fall becoming the “lover” or the “protected”, too. In any case, buying sexual services from a sex worker in a respectful and correct way, as it actually happens in most cases, cannot be likened to the way that in Italy politicians, leaders, teachers, and relatives obtain sex by offering positions, favors, contracts, qualifications, family support, or sometimes just promises." In sum, there is a demarcation between oppression-coercion and choice-freedom. [[http://www.xtalkproject.net/?p=740]]

When services are bought and sold out in the open, the reputation of sex workers is easily tarnished, they are known to all and if ever wish to change their field will implicitly be punished.

Prostitution should be legal

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Brothels seeded the American economy and controlled politics-Bonanza

[[http://hnn.us/articles/86344.html]] "ut there was a catch: cities and counties which outlawed prostitution initially treated violations as they would any other crime. Perpetrators were arrested, fined and jailed. The trouble was, some city officials enjoyed the benefits of the skin trade as many other men would. They also learned, quickly, that fines and fees associated with the industry could fill city coffers on a regular basis. Furthermore, a number of police officials enjoyed the side benefits of “hush” money from the girls with the promise their establishments wouldn’t be raided as often. On the legal side, simply fining women of the evening on a weekly or monthly basis accomplished two tasks. The prostitution industry could remain intact for those who used it for political and social gain (not to mentioned entertainment), while the monetary punishment meted out continued to boost the economy of any given city, town or camp.

Most brothel policies followed those of other exclusive men’s lodges: what went on in a house of ill-repute stayed in the house of ill-repute. Thus politicians, city officials and other important men could feel free to discuss business and make important decisions during a relaxing evening of playing cards, drinking and purchasing sex. The most discreet of madams would never reveal who their customers were, and men attending brothel soirees knew better than to admit they were ever at such events. There is little doubt that madams and their employees were privy to and even took part in the conversations among their customers, some of whom became friends, confidants, lovers and husbands. Some of the more diligent businesswomen—and a good many prostitutes were just that—used their knowledge to influence politics within their cities."

That was a very long time ago, now such behavior is unacceptable and morally reprehensible.

Prostitution should be legal

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Many women who have nothing become prostitiutes to survive

While this happens already in a time where prostitution is illegal, women would be much better protected and would survive more comfortably if prostitution was legal. They would not be exploited and would be able to make a living without being treated as bad as they are today.

"New laws making it a criminal offence to have sex with prostitutes controlled by pimps may be too complex to work in practice, police have warned.
The legislation, which is due to come into effect later this year, aims to protect women forced into the trade.
Gloucestershire Chief Constable Dr Tim Brain said he feared the complexity of the law may make gaining evidence hard...
The government's planned change to the law in England and Wales aims to protect women forced into the trade by traffickers and pimps.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith launched the new legislation with an unequivocal message, saying 'there will be no more excuses for those who pay for sex'.
At present it is not illegal to pay for sex. Under the new legislation a man will face prosecution if he pays for sex with a woman who is being 'controlled for gain' by someone else...
The Home Office says more than 160 victims of sex trafficking were rescued by police in a six-month period last year.
The bill also includes tougher controls on kerb crawlers." [[BBC News, "Police Doubt over Prostitute Laws," http://www.news.bbc.co.uk, Apr. 7, 2009]]

Exploitation continues mainly because as you've said 'women who have nothing become prostitutes.' That automatically implies that society is legally exploiting the fact that these women have nothing.

As bad as they are today? uh many countries including the UK have legal prostitution, while certain countries such as the USA have limited legality on prostitution. How people handle being prostitutes depends on them, there are all kinds of prostitutes I think it is safe to assume the high class prostitutes are doing much better than low class prostitutes irrespective of the level of legality in their country.
[[http://prostitution.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000772]]

Prostitution should be legal

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Prevent Prostitution From Going Underground

When we legalise something, it would be easier to monitor it. Making prostitution illegal will force the bussiness to go underground. This makes it harder for regulation to happen. Usually underground activities are hard to erase and their impact on the society is much worse. This bussiness would harbour women who have HIV. It would probably use teenage prostitutes. They would not have to worry about the use of condoms or other forms of protection. Human trafficking may happen because of its underground nature like what is happening in several countries. If we legalise prostitution we could actually have an eye out to prevent any of this from happening.

So we should allow murder to become legal so its easier to monitor?

Prostitution should be legal

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hypocrite

we look at this prostitutes and say thats wrong well god destroyed Sodom or homosexuality as its known now & he destroyed demora with is dedortury or act of animal sex and before you hang me for saying this sodom has been found and uncovered & the people who worked on that project where so disgusted they actually vomited
so if you vote no on this matter of prostitutes being given rights just take a moment to search your soul and every one has a soul
because if you say no to sex workers rights then you must say no to gay marriages as well or you will be putting your self in the hypocrite
section and if you dont like being one of toughs well to late you condemned your self to that tag and whats worse than that only death but alas your still a hypocrite when your dead because people remember there lays that hypocrite in his grave

Its only hypocritical is we say no because God intended it this way. Which is not at all what I'm reading on this page. Your argument is invalid.

Prostitution should be legal

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Legalizing is acceptance, we cannot accept the free breeding of such an ill in global society

Acceptance already exists, everyone knows the red light areas in the cities we/they visit, it doesn't matter if it's legal or not. It happens but so long as it's illegal the law can be used to exploit prostitutes. The police can be paid off to threaten sex workers, the rich and powerful can buy off madams/pimps and there is no protection for sex workers under the law. This means that the 'ill' of prostitution is worsened, these men and women are treated inhumanely, they are naught but faceless victims of societal hypocrisy and ignorance. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciNObOzaHSA]] [[http://prostitution.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000772]]

Well once upon a time virgin sacrifices to the gods were common, should be legalize the murder of beautiful teenage girls then? It's happened for a long time but does that make it acceptable? I think not. The fact the prostitution is wrong is as dear to us as murder is wrong or stealing is wrong and so on. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pCSw-mTQh0&feature=feedlik]]

The moment whoring is legalized it is acceptable and that acceptance should not be tolerated.

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