"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
I understand perfectly. Everyone is at risk, but you decided the amount of risk someone puts themselves in is actually a rational basis to treat people differently, and not a completely arbitrary one that you just made up.You seem to be the only one who doesn't understand. I can't help you.
decriminalize and heavily regulate it and tax it like any other business and then up the punishments for those who decide to not conform to the law.
For instance, it can only take place in a brothel (no, not anywhere else, no call girls) under supervision and that has strict hygienic and security standards under the requirements of the law.
The employer must pay for the sex workers' health insurance.
Clients must register under real name and validate in writing that they have no medical conditions or diseases that are transmissible. Lying should warrant quite a few years in prison. I'm thinking of things like HIV here.
So what I mean by up the punishments? I think that these punishments fit the bill.
So illegal prostitution, pimps should get about 20 years. prostitutes under 5 if they cooperate in ratting out the whole thing. Clients, about a year in jail.
The better question is "Why do people act against the broader interests society when they are acting under the influence of market forces?" One of the answers to this question is very simple. Because the logical incentives sometimes engendered by market forces encourage actions which run counter to the interests of society, and many people act to further their own selfish interests over the interests of others. These people are acting in accord with perfect logic and self interest.
Other answers are not as simple, but yield the same result. For example, some people are short sighted, while at the same time they are also selfish. They see short term gain, and can't see that in the long term they are likely be worse off. Forecasting into the longer term is complex and sometimes requires knowledge and training to assess likely outcomes.
In some scenarios, society can act deliberately through government to overcome these deficiencies of market systems.
You can never be safe from a government that can keep you completely safe from each other and the world. You must choose.