Prostitution

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Should prostitution be legalized ? Do the benefits of legalization or decriminalization outweigh the possible dangers?


As the world’s oldest profession, legal prohibition of prostitution has failed to eradicate the business. There have long been clear religious and ethical objections to the practice of selling sexual services, and indeed to sex outside of the marital union.However, prostitution has also become associated with several modern problems. The sexually transmitted virus HIV poses greater dangers to the health of prostitutes and their clients. Gangs which perpetrate organized crime force prostitutes to work on their behalf and compel them to become involved in the dealing and use of drugs. The UN has recently reported that many young women from Eastern European countries such as Kosovo and Albania are being brought into Germany and Italy as illegal immigrants and forced to work as prostitutes. Nonetheless, many feminists and advocates of individual liberty have recently expressed support for prostitution. As an alternative to ethical concepts, the realist might acknowledge that when the law has so conspicuously failed to preclude prostitution, it may be better to eliminate the problems associated with it, rather than the trade itself. Different solutions to these problems have been proposed, and these can be divided into the options of prohibition, ‘decriminalization’ and ‘legalization’. To decriminalize prostitution is to remove laws against it; to legalize it is, in addition, to provide regulations and licences for legally run brothels. In Britain and some German states, the receipt of money in exchange for sex is not illegal, but the action of ‘soliciting’ the business is unlawful. It is also illegal for a prostitute to work in partnership with another, or for a pimp to offer their services. These laws amount to making prostitution prohibited. In the Dutch city of Amsterdam and the state of New South Wales in Australia, the decriminalization approach has been followed. Although prostitution is not explicitly regarded as being lawful, there are not laws that prohibit it.

I believe in a lot of ways it would be helpful, but my Christians morals & values get in the way.. So, no.

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Jessica - posted on 03/24/2010

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Ok, if your gunna compare it to voting, thats something that would effect your life in a distinct way . Legalizing prostitution wouldn't effect your day to day in any way shape or form, other then you know its been legalized. Its gunna effect the ladies who choose that life style. Now, it's definatly not my thing, but some of the women who do that and choose that life, LOVE it and are not doing it just because they need the money. I think that it wouldn't harm a damn soul (expect maybe the pimps who wouldn't get to beat on them anymore) and that it really would be an effective way to keep down underage prostitution, STD's etc. Morals arn't really something they get to enter the picture, because everyones are so drastically different.

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LaCi I understand where you're coming from but at the end of the day there's always going to be people who disagree with things that are or aren't illegal. I think in the UK we should be able to vote from the age of 16 (it's currently 18) but that's my opinion. If people want to prostitute themselves or use prostitutes that's their choice. But in the same way you can't push one person's morals on society you can't push someone else's who thinks it's ok. There has to be a compromise somewhere.

LaCi - posted on 03/24/2010

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You can't push one person's morals on an entire society. I don't think prostitution is immoral. So why should I not be able to get a prostitute or become a prostitute just because someone else thinks its immoral? Plenty of people think pornography is immoral, but it certainly shouldn't be illegal, and it isn't. Consenting adults have the right to do what they want sexually.

Rose - posted on 03/24/2010

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I believe it should be legalized. I think they should have a license and be tested monthly for STD's paid for by the prostitute. If they choose to sell thier bodies for sex they should choose to be safe and smart about it.

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I believe it should stay illegal. It's morally wrong and whilst it still happens even though it's illegal should we legalize every drug because people do them regardless of the law. I don't agree with prostitution or being promiscuous. Sex should be between two people in a loving relationship.

Heather - posted on 03/24/2010

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It should be legal, there should be regulations to protect these woman, there should be mandatory health exams like they have for the prostitutes in Amsterdam. I think that if it were legal, that would do away with pimps and the abuse that goes along with that, it would also cut down on underage prostitution. Why is prostitution any different from porn stars who get payed to have sex???

Brandi - posted on 03/23/2010

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This is one thing I really don't have much of an opinion on. On one hand, it being illegal doesn't stop it. Just fills up jail cells. On the other, does it really help the women who end up doing this? Should we make it easier for the low lives that take advantage of these women?

Sarah - posted on 03/23/2010

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It should be regulated and legalized, in my opinion. Think of how much money the government could make! No more deficit in a few years, I bet, if it were a government run institution.

Jessica - posted on 03/23/2010

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LaCi - You took the words right out of my thoughts, I completely agree! Not my thing but I think for the women who choose that life it would offer a much better chance to be safe, clean and still make a living. Also, tooooootally love George Carlin! 7 Deadly words...classic!

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"Why should prostitution be illegal. Selling is legal. Fucking is legal. Why isn't selling fucking legal? You know, why should it be illegal to sell something that's perfectly legal to give away. I can't follow the logic on that at all. Of all the things you can do to a person, giving someone an orgasm is hardly the worst thing in the world. In the army they give you a medal for spraying napalm on people. Civilian life, you go to jail for giving someone an orgasm. Maybe I'm not supposed to understand it."-George Carlin ♥ rip.


I love him he was sooooooo funny!!!!

LaCi - posted on 03/23/2010

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I believe it should be legalized. It would be safer for the girls. I have no problems with people paying for sex. If it were an actual industry it would be regulated, the girls would likely be tested for stds frequently, they wouldn't be wandering the streets alone and there could be security at their workplace so there would be violence against the women/men would be less likely. They'd have a chance at better income and benefits. There is really no good reason for prostitution to be a crime, if you don't approve of prostitution, you don't have to hire a prostitute or become a prostitute. Simple as that. It's not a crime to have sex, it shouldn't be a crime to have sex for money. Any ethical concerns about the morally of prostitution are ridiculous, its like saying you would rather people risk being attacked than have a normal profession. People have casual sex, big deal. I don't believe the government should have any say in any consensual sexual relationship. Two consenting adults should be able to come to any agreement they'd like when it comes to their sexual activity.

"Why should prostitution be illegal. Selling is legal. Fucking is legal. Why isn't selling fucking legal? You know, why should it be illegal to sell something that's perfectly legal to give away. I can't follow the logic on that at all. Of all the things you can do to a person, giving someone an orgasm is hardly the worst thing in the world. In the army they give you a medal for spraying napalm on people. Civilian life, you go to jail for giving someone an orgasm. Maybe I'm not supposed to understand it."-George Carlin ♥ rip.

Marcia - posted on 03/23/2010

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I don't believe it should be legalized. Unfortunately, it's one of those things, legalized or not, that it's going to happen.

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