The Dangers of NOT Legalizing Prostitution

8 04 2008

The recent scandal concerning the ex-governor of New York has prompted much investigation and debate into the subject of prostitution. Currently, prostitution is illegal in 48 states, the exceptions being Nevada and Rhode Island.

Whether prostitution is legal or not, it’s everywhere, and as long as it remains illegal, it also remains unregulated. That makes it far more dangerous for all parties involved.

When crimes are committed against prostitutes or those who are involved with prostitutes, the victims are often reluctant to report those crimes to the authorities. This is due to the fact that a police investigation might uncover that prostitution was taking place, which might lead to citations and/or embarrassment for those involved. As a result, many prostitutes have bodyguards or pimps that may “take the law into their own hands”, and thus break more laws that all parties are hesitant to report.

In some areas where prostitution is legal, the prostitutes must undergo regular health screenings to help ensure that they aren’t passing along sexual transmitted diseases to their clients. They are also required to always use condoms while engaging in any type of sexual activities.

Enforcing anti-prostitution laws is expensive. Taxpayers’ money goes towards police investigations, court proceedings, and the incarcerations of offenders. If prostitution was legal, the justice system as a whole would have more time, money, and resources available for more pressing issues.

As long as prostitution is illegal, all profits remain “under-the –table.” If it was a legal, regulated industry, it could generate huge tax revenues.

If I were the Emperor of the United States, I would legalize prostitution. Although I personally would never sleep with a prostitute, I think that if two consenting adults want to trade money for sex, they should be able to. After all, that’s the basis for a lot of perfectly legal marriages. Making “the world’s oldest profession” illegal doesn’t stop it from happening. It just makes it unregulated. I do think, however, that if prostitution was legal, that it should be heavily regulated. All soliciting, transactions and sexual acts should be limited to places of business. (It’s not safe or publicly appropriate for prostitutes to solicit themselves on street corners.) All acting prostitutes should be required to show current health certificates to both the authorities and their customers, in order to limit the transfer of disease.

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George Carlin – Why is Prostitution Illegal!?