What’s so bad about prostitution anyways?
Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2010 11:02
Isn't it time for the world's oldest profession to become legal? In a world of religious activists fighting to end abortion, crush the thought of gay marriage, abolish birth control and put religion into the schools and take sex education out, though, prostitution will never stand a chance.
Christian America will die before considering the arguments behind legalizing prostitution. Because it's gross right? It's immoral! It's disgusting!
In our modern world, pornography is legal, as is stripping. Both involve nudity and sexual content, and rely on the internal sex-drive in both men and women. Neither serves a positive role in society, other than a gateway for horny America to release their collective hormones. The same can be said for prostitution. What negative trait does prostitution have that porn and stripping doesn't?
The most common argument behind the legalization of prostitution is taxes. But the issue goes much deeper than that. While the country could benefit from increased income, there are humane issues that are much more crucial to our modern society than dollars and cents.
Opponents to the legalization of prostitution seem to care more about morals than health and safety. Looking at Nevada, where prostitution is legal (in brothels in counties with less than 400,000 people), it is reported by Reade, Richwald and Williams in their AIDS prevention study, that the AIDS rate among workers, more than 350, was zero in 1990, while illegal prostitution was measured to be above 25 percent infected. If prostitution were legalized, measures could be made to have regular health checks, and prevent diseases such as AIDS from spreading. Mandatory use of condoms and birth control could help fight disease and lower unplanned pregnancies, and thus, abortion rates.
Such health checks, however, would require the centralization of prostitution. For it would be pretty difficult to regulate the health and contraception use of hookers spread across inner city Chicago. In Nevada, for instance, prostitution is only legal through proper Web sites or brothels.
This helps to reduce the overlap of prostitution and everyday life, relegating the act to essentially an alternate world, much like strip clubs. This world could then have governing rules and regulations, and provide both workers and clients with health, safety, and protection.
What are truly important, however, are the girls. It is a sad fact reported in the study by Estes and Weiner that many prostitutes, up to 300,000, are forced into prostitution against their will, either by force or deceit. Rather than shaming prostitutes and condemning their actions, it is important to look at the social circumstances surrounding their life.
As reported by Silbert and Pines, the average age of entry into prostitution is 13. Is it wrong to think that not many girls want to live their life being paid for sex? By legalizing prostitution, we are protecting girls. Innocent girls.
By legalizing prostitution, the prostitutes would have the same protection from the police that ordinary citizens, even porn stars and strippers, do. In a study by Hunter and Reed, about 80 percent of prostitutes were victims of rape, most being raped 8-10 times per year.
But what is a prostitute supposed to do when she is raped? Going to the cops would simply result in her arrest. Is this the society we live in? A girl is forced into prostitution by a heavy-handed pimp and then can't be protected once she is constantly raped? Everyone deserves that basic protection. Being paid to have sex with someone shouldn't forfeit your human rights.
Legalizing prostitution would help to reduce the number of girls put in that situation to begin with. Modern day prostitution is fueled by an aura of fear and manipulation. By legalizing the act, prostitution would move off the streets and into safe zones protected by our justice system.
Am I the only one that finds it strange when the government controls the sex-lives of two consenting individual people? If two people want to have sex, no matter what is exchanged, and assuming both consent willingly to it, who can stop them? People do lots of "disgusting" things in the bedroom, but I have never seen Congress debate over an anti-Bondage bill. Some things in life are gross. Porn is gross (in my opinion). But some people love it. Let them.
If we "moralize" this country and eliminate sexual acts completely, we are going to have bigger problems on our hands. What is so WRONG about prostitution anyways (assuming it is involving a willing prostitute)? Two people want something the other has. The guy wants the girl's body; the girl wants the guy's money. They exchange. Both are happy. Seems logical to me. It's nothing to pride a nation on, but it sure isn't the worst we could do. Without these "immoral" things we are a ticking time bomb of testosterone. We need filth. It's human nature.