Prostitution should be legal and controlled/regulated. It's a profession for some of these young women, just like any other career. If it was legal, it could be regulated by the government and be safer. Prostitutes should NOT be charged with a crime. Often times, they are living in poverty, are homeless, have been physically/sexually abused, are dependent on drugs/alcohol, are single parents, unemployed and have no other way of making money to support their families. It is a sad reality, but it is not a crime. Many of these women are also addicted to drugs/alcohol and come from abusive or dysfunctional backgrounds. Criminalizing them, is not a solution. These women need help, such as education, employment, addictions treatment, counseling, etc. Nobody should be charged, not even the johns. The government should regulate and monitor prostitution. It could be effectively controlled and made safer. Charging people for trying to participate in what is a basic human need, is repulsive. I do not understand why prostitution is illegal. It is just a woman offering a service using the abilities she has, with the tools (body) she has. Sex itself is not illegal and prostitution is consensual, so it should also be legal. Johns and prostitutes are consenting adults (most of the time) and they should not be penalized. Making prostitution legal would allow the act to be managed instead of ignored. Legalizing prostitution would prevent the underground prostitution which occurs today. There could be legitimate parlours and agencies, which would be much safer. When adult women decide to exchange money for sex, it is a personal choice open to them under the philosophy of a free, democratic society. When troubled minors who do not yet have the social survival skills to prostitute, they are often manipulated by opportunists who exploit these teens. Legalizing prostitution would help prevent these instances through regulation. Encounters could take place within controlled environments that would bring safety for both customers and prostitutes. Underage prostitution would be curtailed. There would also be health-safety improvements. There should be management as opposed to abandonment of prostitution. These sex trade workers often need help, as many are homeless, live in poverty, are victims of physical abuse, suffer from drug/alcohol dependency or have been physically/sexually abused during childhood. Instead of managing the problem through the medical and social interventions accompanied by regulation of the industry, critics of legalized prostitution would rather adopt prohibition and cold abandonment. When critics mention neighbourhood safety, they do not offer meaningful alternatives. Their plan is to heighten police patrols, encourage undercover sting operations and stiffen penalties. Prohibition drives the industry further underground, making it harder to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and various other STD's in the community. If critics of prostitution wanted to truly help prostitutes and the communities where prostitution occurs, they would reconsider their position. Research shows the many benefits of legalization. Prohibition will cause drug dependency to continue, physical abuse to continue, and STD's will spread. Women who need help will continue their lives on the same harmful paths.
I believe that women have the right to choose what they want to do with their bodies and I, therefore, believe prosititution should be legalized.
A woman should have the freedom to choose her own path in life, including her method of income. If a woman happily chooses to enter into prostitution, then she should have the ability to do so without fear of social ostracization or lack of police support when they need it for serious matters.
Prostitution has been around since the dawn of humans and it is not going away any time soon. When will people realize that fighting against the natural act of sex won’t work?
Sex is a natural thing, and so is prostitution. Trying to smother the prostitution industry with laws often harms the girls and is not going to work. Many innocent women will be victimized or worse because of it simply because they’re too scared to go to the police for fear of being labeled a criminal.
Human trafficking is another matter and we are completely against it. However, in the case of two adults consenting to sexual services in exchange for money, then that is nobody's business but their own.
The laws we have now are bogus. They protect nobody.
They do not protect the ladies involved because they are focused on making the ladies out to be these poor, defenseless victims instead of the strong, focused businesswomen they are. The laws we have now scare the women into hiding when they should feel safe enough to work with the police to bring in a lot of the criminals that the police SHOULD be looking for.
They do not protect the general public either, because the law allows pimps and human traffickers to continue without much concern and cause the general public a lot of grief. All because the industry is living in such a large shadow of fear that the law becomes a tool used to scare some ladies into silence.
If we were to decriminalize prostitution, then a lot of the pimps and human traffickers would be dragged to the center of police attention because ladies would be less fearful of reporting them once they know that they’re in no legal danger.
We know what doesn't work. Now let's try something that DOES work: the freedom of our own sexuality.
Decriminalize Prostitution NOW! Save the police department funds for hunting down the pimps and human traffickers instead!
Prostitution is the voluntary sale (or rental) of a labor service. Individuals own their own bodies and their own labor services and have the absolute right to decide how those labor services should be used. As long as the prostitution transaction is voluntary, there is no justification for governmental interference. Indeed, such interference constitutes an infringement of the privacy and personal liberty of the individuals involved.
The government does have a legitimate role to play in the prostitution market. As with all markets, it should ensure that all exchanges are truly voluntary. In short, it should protect individual rights to property, especially the right not to be coerced.
Currently, since prostitution is illegal outside of Nevada, most prostitutes are in a "no-man's-land" as far as physical protection is concerned. They are often beaten and brutalized, with no real legal recourse. In a free market for prostitution services, suppliers of labor services that are physically harmed would have the same rights to police protection and to legal recourse as the rest of us.
The moral and economic case for the legalization of prostitution is overwhelming. Government prohibition and regulation blatantly violate the rights of the individual and are economically expensive. Therefore, America's views and strategies on the topic of prostitution must undergo an immediate and radical change. The time has come to abandon the nation's archaic attempts to legislate personal morality. The time has come to face up to the facts and to implement the only policy that can truly make a positive difference. The time has come for the legalization of prostitution.