And yet human trafficking remains part of their open prostitution market. Ditto for Thailand.In the Philippines, involvement in human trafficking carries penalty up to life in prison. And - ?
Legalization brings all that in for the portions of the business whose prices support it. Sure, 'escort services' will do well. But the resultant explosion in the industry will likely bring with it a portional decrease and real increase in the amount of human trafficking done for sex-trade purposes, because distinguishing between "legal" and "illegal" prostitution activities will become incredibly difficult for law-enforcement.Legalization brings in the legal framework, transparency, and enforceable regulation. Sweeping things under the carpet and pretending they don't exist gives you what they have in Thailand and the Philippines - or worse.