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Can Legalizing Prostitution Increase Tax Revenues!? Will it benefit or hurt our Economy?

Updated on May 12, 2014

Should we just let sleeping dogs lie?

My sleeping dog - Bruno
My sleeping dog - Bruno | Source

Legalized Prostitution?

Does man have the right to mandate their own views of morality on society?

The age old profession that will never be exterminated.

A wonderful source of tax revenue is going untapped.

Websters dictionary definition of prostitute/prostitution:

  • 1. To offer sexual favors indiscriminately for money.
  • 2. To devote to, corrupt or unworthy purposes.
  • 3. A person who deliberately debases himself/herself or her/his talents for money.

How can one meaning of a word be illegal and the other meanings be legal? Prostitution in any form must be either legal or illegal. I don't understand how can it be both. Do you?

The world sees women, or men, who sell sex for money as repugnant and prosecute them under the law. And yet there is a continued demand for their services all around the world.

Recognizing and legalizing this need as a valid and sought after service for so many customers, would increase tax revenues by billions of dollars each year.

Legalizing, the illegal version would mean that the 'vendors' of this valuable service be licensed, and taxed, as any other legitimate business is.

Also required, in order to continue with that license, the vendors would need to be tested for STD's (sexually transmitted diseases) every 3-4 months.

Everyone would be happy - except - and there is always an exception

- those self appointed moralists that already wish to control everyone else's life by mandating morality to meet their own limited and narrow beliefs.

Both sides are winners

two sides to each coin
two sides to each coin | Source
just a flip of the coin
just a flip of the coin
both sides are winners
both sides are winners

The other side of the coin

The already legalized version of prostitution

We allow prostitution openly as an accepted practice by the majority of all our politicians.

This is a fact.

There are very few elected officials that do not deliberately debase their talents and/or defy the public interest by selling their 'services' to special interest groups (big business, religious entities, The NRA, Monsanto, etc..).

Their deliberate devotion to corruption and other unworthy purposes, are no different than those that they passed laws against and throw others in jail for on a regular basis.

And i would assume, not nearly as pleasurable. {Except, of course, from what that money they get paid, can buy.}

They get paid big bucks for doing the very thing that they would condemn others for:

Selling their services to the highest bidder.

I guess it is just that old 'double standards' thing again.

The politicians are doing the exact same thing that we throw others in jail for - except they do their screwing with their pants on - most of the time anyway.

by: d.william 10/17/10

Should we (U.S.A.) legalize prostitution


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    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks again for reading and commenting on my articles. I appreciate all comments. They help me adjust and fine tune my writing skills for future hubs.

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      8 years ago from A small southern town

      This is one area, that I do agree with you on, and I have for many years.

      I have never heard of a little girl or boy saying, " when I grow up, I want to be a prostitute".........

      Yet, they do, by whatever circumstances. Perhaps, some women and men may be greedy enough to choose this course, but most are not.

      They are homeless and exploited, they are hungry, their families are hungry. In desperation, they turn to their last alternative......and then we punish them! While the " customer " gets a hand slap and then a chorus of " that a boy" s......

      Yes, it is highly unfair.

      Nevada is far ahead of the rest of the country on this one.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      LOL. Thanks for reading and your comment.

    • GNelson profile image


      8 years ago from Florida

      Can't stop prostitution any more than you can catch water with sand. The politian who makes the law just doesn't want any competition.

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      8 years ago

      amazing facts

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Again, thanks for reading and your comments. Actually i was not advocating the legalization of prostitution per se, but rather poking a stick at our politicians. But, since you brought up the subject of working under the table - the same question might be asked about any business that provides a service to the public.

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      Rachel Woodruff 

      8 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Off of the top of my head I am not sure where Prostitution is legal, it might be Holland, but I remember reading that in the country where it is legal they have excellent health care services for these women, as well as police services to protect them against abuse. You are 100% correct that legalizing it here in the US would mean an increased tax revenue, my guess though isn't necessarily a "moral" reason for not legalizing Prostitution but rather with a commodity like sex how to you make sure that people aren't working under the table so to speak.


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