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Should Prostitution be Legalized?

Updated on September 10, 2011



Prostitution is not called the oldest profession for no reason.

Throughout history there have been accounts of prostitutes. They exist in all countries on earth, legally or illegally.

They are ridiculed and despised openly by most: yet provide services, in private, to many.

Although they are illegal in most countries, authorities often know of their existence and turn a blind eye to their activities. Town councils will not allow brothels in their towns but do nothing if they are situated just outside. Cities councils let brothels exist in poor areas but not in expensive neighborhoods.

These councilors know that these establishments will exist, one way or another, so they just ensure that they do not exist in influential areas, God forbid it should be next door to them.

Because prostitution is illegal, it also attracts other illegal activity.

Prostitution is probably the biggest contributor to slavery, human trafficking today.

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As I have said, prostitution has taken place for thousands of years and authorities have either been unable or unwilling to stop it.

If authorities were to legalize it, they would be in a better position to at least control it.

They could put in place regulations for which the establishments should follow. They could, as with any other profession, set up employee rights.

These regulations would obviously contain strict health and citizenship policies for the employees. They would more easily be able to control where the establishments were situated.

Taxation rules could be applied and proper auditing and compliance to rules could be enforced.

The health of both the employees and clientele could better be protected.

With the acceptance of legal places for these activities, harsh and swift punishments should be placed on illegal ones.


The obvious advantages to legalizing prostitution are that of collection of revenues, protection of health and a defense against illegal human trafficking.

The less obvious may be that some sex offenders may find a legal solution to their hang ups.

With brothels being legal, it may discourage other illegal activities taking place within them. Law enforcement officials can inspect at random without pretence.

Authorities may not be happy with these establishments becoming legal. Is this because with a legal status, observations of who enters and exits may become better known? If so they should gain some solace from knowing that their activities were, for once legal.

No body would lose from legalizing this profession.

The employers would not be intimidated by authorities, though they would have to pay tax.

The employees would be better protected by having legal rights.

The clients should expect higher health standards.

Communities should be better, as criminal activity should no longer be attracted to one place.

There may be people who would object to the legalization of brothels on moral and religious grounds.

These people though, should not throw the first stone and accept that just because they do not see something, it doesn’t happen.

I am not suggesting these activities be promoted, advertised or in any way encouraged but if they are to exist let us at least try and have some controls upon them.


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      Iggy44 5 years ago

      Da ho's gots to eats too!!!

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      Credence2 6 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Prohibition of this activity is just as futile as Prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the 1920s. It is our moral indignation that we are trying to give voice to. When reality, these sort of couplings happen all the time and it is inevitable as a sunrise. I say tax it, regulate it and make it one less thing that society with its limited resources can stop running after. Great!


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      Rod Martin Jr 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Very seductive reasoning, Rafken.

      Could we legalize murder while we're at it? How about legalizing slavery?

      Your illustration about casting the first stone is interesting. Yes, we should not judge others as good or bad, but we can judge an activity as good or bad. And did not the Nazarene teacher tell the adulterous woman to go and sin no more? Why would he do that?

      Legalized prostitution, drugs, or anything else will not eliminate crime. Criminals will merely think of something else to do with their thug mentality.

      As for stopping human trafficking, I don't think so. How many immoral multimillionaires will still get off on owning a pretty young thing to do with as they choose? A sex slave is quite a different thing than a "lady of the evening." I recently saw the movie, "Taken," and this point is driven home all too well.

      And legalizing prostitution will not stop child pornography, either. That's entirely non sequitur. The guys who get off on little kiddies will not necessarily be a prostitute's customer. And even if they are a customer, it won't slake their thirst for this other evil.

      Would you legalize child pornography?

      Yes, closing our eyes and ears is not an option, but don't close your mind, either. Legalization of evil is never a good idea. That would only make the government that legalizes it into an instrument of evil. And our government is in enough trouble as it is.

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      rafken 6 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      The Rising Glory - It is because of child pornography that something has to be done. It has been illegal all this time, yet it still exists. I have no problem with any sex between two consenting adults but child pornography and human trafficking HAS to stop. If legalizing prostitution may help, then it must at least be tried. These are people that cannot help themselves and so it rests with the rest of us to try and do something for them. Closing our eyes and ears IS NOT an option.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      The Rising Glory 6 years ago from California

      The argument you make is a logical one and follows the same argument basis of legalizing drugs. The problem I have is that at some point a society has to set boundaries. What is morally acceptable within our society. One are of sex that is legal is pornography. There are companies that pay taxes, follow labor laws, etc. However, this has in now way diminished child pornography, the sex trade, or things like bestiality.

      Therefore, I don't buy into the "better regulated" argument. While your HUB is well written I think it should remain illegal.

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      sorairo 6 years ago

      better to legalize.. less problem and more controll about health and gangs by opening closed house.. and also a good seeing. no more people doing incidents with car to see a half-dressed girl....