Legalization of Prostitution
Pros of Prostitution
Things this Video will Cover
Arguments against Prostitution
Counter Arguments for Prostitution
Pros for the Legalization of Prostitution
Making it a legitimate occupation
"The prostitution industry in America is about an $18 billion business, and none of that money goes into the federal coffers or goes to pay taxes." -Dennis Hof, owner of Nevada's Moonlight Bunny Ranch
Prostitutes would be submitted to less violence as well as better working conditions and more work permits.
"It is estimated that if prostitution were legalized in the United States, the rape rate would decrease by roughly 25% for a decrease of approximately 25,000 rapes per year...." -Kirby R. Cundiff, PhD Associate Professor of Finance at Northeastern State University "Prostitution and Sex Crimes"
Prostitution is a victimless CRIME
1st Counter Argument
While Prostitution is currently a "victimless" crime, it shouldn't have to be a crime at all. A victimless crime is when all parties consent, and no one is injured. In fact, prostitution doesn't harm anyone in the slightest. It's only considered a victimless crime because no one is being injured.
In fact, we're wasting hard earned tax dollars for "Prostitution Sting", where undercover police officers would go to a common prostitution joint and then arrest or mark down everyone who attended these joints.
There are many health factors that would be considered dangerous for both the worker and the consumer.
2nd Counter Argument
There are many health risks that could affect the prostitute and the consumer:
Two main issues that are commonly brought up are the hygiene and violence of both the worker and consumer.
For the hygenics, such as disease or sanitary work conditions, there could be many concerns and questions as to how we could limit those problems.
By legalizing prostitution, the conditions of prostitutes would have to abide by all of the rules of work environment and safety.
This change would make employers provide approved sanitary working conditions, as well as enforce many levels of safety to all employees.
This includes self employed workers.
The context - legal, social, economic - of sex work has to change, with repeal of criminal laws, access to visas and work permits, freedom of movement and association, and occupational safety and health regulations, to reduce the imposition of risk from above.
2nd Argument continued
Also, for the sanitation and hygiene of customers, the liability of all prostitutes would fall under the responsibilities of the employer, which would ensure that the employer be interested in the customers' satisfaction and well being.
However, hygiene isn't the only problem, because there's also violence and abuse on prostitutes.
Currently, police officers are unable to simulataneously arrest people for prostitution, and protect them from violence.
By making prostitution legal, the police officers would be allowed to stop most violence against prostitutes
Final Counter Argument
Why shouldn't it be?
It's going to happen regardless of whether or not we keep it legal or not, so it would be in everyone's best interest to put it to good use
Only 6-8% of all STDs come from prostitution per year in the US
In 2010 the amount of people arrested for prostitution was around 63,000 people, making it by far the lowest in the past ten years
Japan and Thailand are profit the most off of this industry at $27 billion in Japan, and $35 billion for Thailand annually
1 in 10 men in the world have purchased a prostitute, China having 1 in 4 men purchasing a prostitute