Prostitution should be legal and openly regulated.
Prostitution should be illegal.
Prostitution should only be decriminalized and associated aspects of it heavily regulated.
Legalize it. Regulate it. Tax it.
Outlawing it and driving it into the shadows gives power to the pimps, makes it easier to abuse the women (and some men), and increases the likelihood of underage prostitutes and transmission of diseases.
When legalized the prostitutes no longer need to pay protection money to pimps, thus allowing them to keep more, or all, of their profits. They can feel safe in going to the police if they need to and they can be required to undergo frequent STD screenings.
As for the complaint that it commodifies women (and let's not forget their are plenty of male prostitutes out there as well), well, yeah, in some ways it does commodify that particular person. They are renting out their body and services for a period of time.
But so do strippers, and models, and construction workers, and police, and soldiers, firefighters, crab fisherman, janitors.....
Seriously, when I hire a mechanic to work on my car, I am not all that interested in him as a person. I want a service from him and I am going to pay him for it. When our transaction is done I probably won't give him a second thought.
I can already hear people thinking "No, it isn't the same, because prostitutes are often forced into this dangerous line of work and can't get out."
Sure, but that is most likely to happen when it is criminalized. Legalize and it becomes just another service industry. As a feminist I am annoyed by this infantilizing of women that our culture is fond of, claiming that women aren't capable of making their own choices and that they shouldn't have dominion over their own bodies.
Legalize it and regulate it by licensing requirements (if hairdressers have to have licenses, I doubt prostitutes could object).
When government criminalizes acts between consenting adults, it has crossed a line that I do not believe should ever been crossed. Legalized prostitution is a victimless crime. Prostitutes can congregate in brothels for comfort, safety and easily-accessed clientele. Clientele can see by the prostitute's displayed license that she maintains regular STD/HIV checks and undergoes routine health monitoring.
Criminalized prostitution creates victims... the consenting adults themselves, as both prostitutes and their clients can be arrested and even imprisoned for the "crime" of consentual sex between willing adults, not to mention the jeopardy of street prostitutes being at mercy of not only violent johns but violent pimps, who abuse and steal from them.
It should be legalized immediately, and free tens of thousands of vice cops nationwide to pursue crimes perpetrated against unwilling victims and real criminals.
I see absolutely no benefit in preventing prostitution from taking place through the criminal system. I confess that I don't truly understand the difference between legalizing and decriminalizing. Either the force of law is enacted to stop something, or it isn't. Decriminalizing means not having a punishment, maybe? There's no strength in a regulation without penalty, though.
So yeah, the law should not act to stop prostitution, the trading of sex for money between consenting adults.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
it already is-how else did Obama win the election? but seriously, we have better things to do than policing the actions of consenting adults that harms no one.
I think it was about 20 years ago or so the feds swooped in on Wallace Idaho and shut down the "legal" bordello. The place is a tourist attraction now but back in the day it was where every bachelor party around here ended up and it was considered good clean fun. The madam used to buy the football uniforms for the HS football team and did alot of good stuff around town, yes it should be legal.
Oasis Bordello Museum, Wallace, Idaho
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prostitution has been legal in this country for years- we call them lawyers and lobbyists.
But seriously we have many examples elsewhere of legal prostitution. Where properly regulated, and taxed the Toy R Us storefront isn't part of the ho stro'.
Pimps have little incentive to try and run a string of girls and underage boys and girls have a much better chance of being found out if regularly screened and a backround check is done.
It wouldn't be what I'd want my daughter to do, but then again I wouldn't brag about her if she was a lawyer or lobbyist either...
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