Why should prostitution be illegal in the US?

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Because prostitution has always taken place, whether it was legal or not, and it always will. So if it illegal, it is driven underground, out of site, and there is no regulation on it whatsoever.  Organized crime gets involved, women and kids are exploited and put in harm's way.  Or,...

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Because prostitution has always taken place, whether it was legal or not, and it always will. So if it illegal, it is driven underground, out of site, and there is no regulation on it whatsoever.  Organized crime gets involved, women and kids are exploited and put in harm's way.  Or, if it is legalized, there can be health screenings, benefits, protection and regulation, as well as taxation and removing the criminal element from it.

If I had my way, there would never be any prostitution at all, but in government, one has to be realistic.

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Post number 6 has made some good points. In today's economy and with families and individuals facing financial crisis may push people into prostitution, Why not legalize and provide ways to make it safer for those who do practice the profession and also boost the economy!

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I'm not so sure that "the world's oldest profession" should be outlawed in the United States. It would certainly create a new source of taxable income if legalized, and the places where it is legal in the U.S. do not seem to have any major problems associated with their services. Legalized prostitution is found in many modern societies, creating jobs and providing a service to clients of both sexes.

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I think it leaves women in vulnerable situations even more vulnerable. With a legal head-nod, more women--perhaps those escaping abusive situations or a bad home life--may find themselves preyed upon by those looking to "staff" prostitution businesses. The money and promise of a "better life" may lure some women in unstable situations into even more dire ones.

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I might provide a counterargument, because I do NOT believe that prostitution should be illegal. I believe if it were legal, there will be a less chance for the profileration of veneral diseases since the government would be aware that this is a common practice, and might even take measures to provide a clean, safe, and hygienic alternative to a brothel, or walking the streets. It might also maintain a level of legality, keeping a closer eye on who is engaging in these practices. Wives can always go with documentation to a lawyer, since it would be harder for a man to hide the fact that he is sleeping around when what he is doing is so-called 'legal'.

Prostitution is the oldest profession in the world, or so they call it, but it has always come with too much stuff attached. Expressing one's sexuality should not be a crime. In fact, those who know "its there" might not feel it even alluring to do since it is not illegal. Just the way human nature works at times. Hope this answer helps.

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Laws exist to safeguard Rights. Freedom is the ability to express one's Rights.  Certainly an individual has the freedom to express his or her own sexuality, as long as that does not impact the Rights of another.  What consenting adults agree to do in private is of no concern for anyone outside of those consenting adults.

Certainly engaging children in any kind of prostitution should remain illegal; moreover, a heavy penalty upon the adults who engage in such conduct should be mandated.  Children, by definition, do not have the wherewithal to consent; therefore, any sexual advances perpetrated upon them is a violation of their Rights, and law should remain in place to safeguard them.

Any sexual activity not engaged in by mutual consent is rape. This also should remain illegal, since adults have the right to choose to engage or not.

Any sexual activity, whether legal or not, incurs the risk venereal disease.  If prostitution were legalized, those engaging in the World's Oldest Profession could be regularly tested to minimize transmission.

Human behavior cannot be legislated out of existence; doing so drives the behavior underground and creates more problems and solves none.  Consider the failed case of Prohibition.  Legalizing prostitution eliminates the current underground criminal activity associated with it and allows any medical concerns to be addressed.

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Most of the resons that people use to make this argument center around morality.  They talk about how it is immoral to have sex outside of marriage.

However, there are a number of arguments that do not rely on morality.  They include:

  • The idea that prostitution exploits women against their will.  This argument says that legalized prostitution will force more women to engage in that occupation even if they have moral objections to it.
  • The idea that prostitution contributes to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases
  • The idea that prostitution would help to break down the importance of marriage and families.
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