Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Should Prostitution be Legalized?

This is not a question that you hear many people asking; however it does leave one thinking.

Think about all the taxpayer money that is wasted on fighting the sins of prostitution:

*Your local police force spends millions of taxpayer dollars just to make a few busts to prove that they aren't soft on prostitution.
*Our Federal Government spends taxpayer dollars to create laws(Sec. 1384. Prostitution near military and naval establishments) to ensure that our streets and internet near our military bases are not full of women offering their services.

...whoever engages in prostitution or aids or abets prostitution or procures or solicits for purposes of prostitution, or keeps or sets up a house of ill fame, brothel, or bawdy house, or receives any person for purposes of lewdness, assignation, or prostitution into any vehicle, conveyance, place, structure, or building, or permits any person to remain for the purpose of lewdness, assignation, or prostitution in any vehicle, conveyance, place, structure, or building or leases or rents or contracts to lease or rent any vehicle, conveyance, place, structure or building, or part thereof, knowing or with good reason to know that it is intended to be used for any of the purposes herein prohibited shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

(taken from website: http://law.onecle.com/...
*Women who do engage in prostitution, for whatever reason, are victimized and stigmatized for their chosen field. Most of the time they have a pimp or madam who does nothing in regards to the work of having sex; however they are raking in the dollars.
*Women who are made to feel as if they can not ask for protected sex from their customers have a higher chance of developing an STD or unwanted pregnancy, leading to higher medical costs, which most of the time go unpaid, as the woman has no health insurance.
*Companies who do advertising for escorts and adult entertainers have to spend more money to ensure that they are following the letter of the law and making sure that the girls are not doing anything illegal.
*Illegal sex trafficking is permitted because it is a part of an illegal trade that is looked down upon.

If prostitution were legalized, it could be regulated. If it were regulated, it could be taxed. If it were taxed, we would be able to allow more tax cuts for the wealthy. Of course, I do understand that this is almost the same argument as can be given for the legalization of drugs; however that is not our point here today. Other nations have legalized prostitution and control it through the use of regulations. Even is Iran they have "temporary wives". Are we really so far behind a country such as Iran? In conclusion, my answer to the question of should prostitution be legalized is yes, prostitution should be legalized.

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