Very interesting topic. It really caused me to think and imagine a society where prostitution is legal.
I guess there are both pro's and con's. I think I'll just stick with the pro's.
If prostitution is legal it's likely that sexual crimes and misconduct would decrease. I imagine it would be that way simply because men that commit sexual crimes are probably just really horny and lack the moral fiber and respect to handle their urges in a civilized manner. Legalized prostitution could be the answer, as long as the women/men working in the industry are willing and professional.
Personally, I wouldn't mind if I could run down to the nearest sex shop to get my fix when I really needed it. It's sure a lot less complicated than attempting to date, one-night stands, and the BS that follows. Sometimes people just want to hump, no strings attached. That's not wrong or deviant, it's a fact of life. If there are people willing to offer themselves in that service then why not? There is no shame in that, as opposed to now where prostitutes are looked at as the scum of the earth.
Other pro's. If it became an 'industry' then there would be rules and regulations to govern it. The 'workers' would be educated, tested, and safe. They could operate in a clean and secure environment instead of in shabby hotels, alleys, or in a strangers car. In the hard times I've thought about ho-ing myself out a time or two and I have no moral hang-up about doing that. The only thing that prevented me from doing so was the risk involved. I don't wanna get raped, I don't want an STD. I just wanted to make a few bucks and I'm sure many prostitutes are exactly the same but circumstances forced them to take the risk I wouldn't take. A legalized industry would minimized that risk.
Also, legalized prostitution would open the industry to women more than it is now. You don't see many male prostitutes unless they are servicing the gays. Once the shame and risk is taken from seeking sexual services I think a lot more women would take advantage of the service. We know they want it as bad as the men, the only thing is they are at a much greater risk in pursuing casual sexual encounters than men. It'd be a safe avenue for women to get their freak on.
Like I mentioned there are cons, but if they sent out a petition for the legalization of prostitution I would be all for it.