I believe that prostitution should be legalized in the United States and here are some of the reasons why:
-Sex trafficking could decrease or totally diminish if prostitution became legal in the United States.
According to this article, “Criminalization forces prostitution into the underworld. Legalization would bring it into the open, where abuses such as trafficking and under-age prostitution can be more easily tackled.”
-Prostitutes wouldn’t have to face nearly as much violence against them.
According to Melissa Ditmore, Coordinator of the Global Network of Sex Work Project, women describe being told, “What did you expect?” by police officers who refused to investigate acts of violence perpetrated against women whom they knew engaged in prostitution.
The link for this article is found here.
Gary Ridgway, a serial killer, said that he killed prostitutes because he knew he would not be held accountable.
In places where prostitution is legal, violence against these prostitutes is minimal. According to Ronald Weitzer, Professor of Sociology at George Washington University, although no system is risk free, women working in legal brothels and window units in the Netherlands experience very little violence. Workers and managers have instituted elaborate procedures to respond to violent customers quickly and effectively. Similarly, in Nevada’s legal brothels, the risk of violence is very low.
-The role of the “pimp” could be diminished.
There are legal brothels in some countries around the world and they have front receptions usually run by a madam. It’s a safer way for the prostitutes to go about doing what they do.
If prostitution were legal, there would be no need for “pimps”. “Pimps” would be replaced by qualified men or women that would have legal obligations to protect them.
-Legal prostitution would create safer sex and less sexually transmitted disease may spread.
According to Paul Armentano, Senior Policy Analyst for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), in The Future of Freedom Foundation’s Dec. 1993 Freedom Daily article “The Case for Legalized Prostitution,” It is true that Nevada’s licensed brothels require monthly blood tests, but such precautions would likely occur in the absence of state regulation. The reason is economic: the bordellos compete with each other, and the suppliers have strong incentives to ensure that the ‘service’ that their customers receive is safe.”
Giving sex workers more rights, and the tools they need to protect themselves, is a theory that has proven to work when put into practice.
Prostitution should not be a crime. Prostitutes are not committing an inherently harmful act. This brings me to my next point…
–Another reason I see for why prostitution should be made legal, why is it illegal to charge for what can be freely dispensed?
Prostitution has been described as “the world’s oldest profession”. It is like drugs, making it illegal will not get rid of it. I don’t feel that making it legal will cause people who didn’t want to partake in paying for sex all of a sudden want to (like drugs too).
I leave you with a quote from an article done by The Economist titled, “Giving the Customer What He Wants”
“Prohibition of gambling and alcohol have both been tried in varying degrees in dozens of countries around the world, always with the result of stimulating illegality and sleaze. The sex industry appears to be no different. All developed economies have conceded that the business is impossible to stamp out. Tolerating prostitution while leaving it technically illegal or semi-legal encourages corruption: policemen are paid to turn a blind eye. It also renders the workers helpless against their employers. Until recently, sex slaves who escaped from brothels in most European countries were usually deported as illegal aliens, which hardly helped the authorities nail their oppressors. The inexorable trend, in both law and public morals, is towards legalization of what is already tolerated. That would free law-enforcers to concentrate on what is not tolerated, such as the sexual exploitation of children. And it would put the greater part of the sex business where it ultimately belongs – as just another branch of the global entertainment industry.”