"Men did not make the earth ... it is the value of the improvement only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property... Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds." -- Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice
I voted yes.
Currently prostitution is illegal in every state except Nevada, and even there it is only legal (currently?) in the county of Reno. Yet despite all law enforcement efforts it still remains highly active in every state of the union. Not only that, because it is unregulated it serves as a hotbed for the spread of contagious diseases (not only STD's); and encourages human trafficking of men, women and children.
However, if this were legalized several benefits would accrue:
1. It would allow regulation; including business licenses, medical requirements, and inspections. This means that people who wish to enter into the business can do so openly, and gain protection from abuse. This means participants can be required to have regular medical checkups and treatment, and inspected for same. This means that areas can be zoned up for the businesses, and street-walking limited or eliminated.
2. It would allow for revenue through taxation. Yep. Uncle Sam, state and city governments could accrue tax income from the practices. It would definately go a long way to reduce deficits.
3. It would free up police resources to work on problem areas. The police could focus efforts on illegal human trafficking, rescuing children and immigrants captured and forced into the trade. It would also free up both courts and jails to deal with real crimes.
There is no reason to keep this illegal, and every reason to make it legal.
I think prostitution should be legal and whores should be required to buy a 30 day license, at which time they receive a health examination and are tested for STD's.
Clients should only do business with whores who can show them their license.
The street prostitutes should probably just have something to help them do something else. Protection, rehabilitation. The high end women will probably never be noticed anyway.
I voted yes. But I don't think America is ready for it. America will never be ready for it. If we lower the drinking age to 18, the 18 year olds will run out and gorge themselves on their new freedom to their own detriment. The depraved American male, and there are a lot of them, will do the same thing if paying for flesh is legalized. In other countries it is generally a respectful business transaction. The women also are more liberal with the bodies (meaning less rules about where the man can touch) and charge a lot less. Trust me, I know. In Vegas, the girl is constantly on her phone, barely wants to look at you and can't wait to get out of there with your $600 for 15 minutes are whining "Are you done yet? Are you done yet?"
She has good reason: American guys are unpredictable freaks. The chances of coming across a sicko are high, in my opinion. But in other countries it is casual, no rush, no pressure, do this all the time, no biggie. In America, no. The depraved American male would not be able to handle it and the girls, anticipating this, would get freaked out over nothing which may lead to more ugly incidents.