Legalizing Prostitution – Boon or Bane?

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Legalizing prostitution is a hot-button topic. Would it be good for society and the economy, or would it make things worse?

I have always been a big supporter of legalized prostitution. While I may not be a big fan of paying for sex, I can see the bigger picture and the good that legalization could do for the community and the economy. I know most people in the US think prostitution is wrong and should remain outlawed. Many believe that legalizing prostitution would cause a decline of values, and people would be going to brothels all the time. The truth is, if you want to pay for sex, you’re going to find a way, legal or not. There are plenty of “morally upstanding” individuals already acquiring these services illegally. Making it legal is not going to cause a rash of people to go out and purchase sexual services that they didn’t want before.

I think people should give this issue a little more thought. For starters, prostitution has been around forever. It’s likely one of the oldest professions known to man, and if you look around, you’ll realize that legal or not, it’s going to keep happening. People are always going to want to have sexual relations, and there are always going to be men and women out there willing to offer their services.

Why would legalizing prostitution be a good idea? Let’s look at that a bit:

First off, legalizing prostitution would free up the police. Instead of spending time arresting prostitutes and their clients, they could be focusing on real crimes. Second, it could generate revenue. If prostitution were a legal, taxed and regulated profession, it could generate incredible income for the country. Another benefit would be that as a regulated profession, measures could be taken to prevent the spread of disease. Women would be tested regularly, and safer sex practices could be more strictly enforced. Also, if it were legal, prostitutes would be protected from violent clients, and crimes against them would likely diminish.

In countries where prostitution is legal, there is far less associated crime. Prostitutes of both genders are protected against violence as part of their profession. Drug related issues would lessen as well, as drug use could be tracked, and like any other job, be cause for firing. Regular testing and safer sex practices reduce the spread of STDs in these areas.

I think America’s prudish puritanical ideas are the only reason prostitution is illegal here. We have such backwards ideas about sex, so we make it taboo and even illegal. The overall benefits to individuals and society as a whole would greatly outweigh the issues it may cause.

Decriminalize Prostitution Now Coalition


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