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January 21, 2006

For years and years there has been a debate about whether or not prostitution should be legalized in the United States. There is no doubt that the world’s oldest profession will continue to go on regardless of whether some cronies in Washington decide to recognize it or not but the debate got me thinking of the merits of finally legalizing what goes on everyday in the country. For starters, the main argument in favor of sanctioning sex for sale is that with such legalization comes the ability for regulation. This basically means that there could be state offices mandating health screenings for the prostitutes as well as eliminating the predatory and oftentimes dangerous associations of prostitutes with their pimps.

To me, this sounds like a winning situation because it would certainly decrease the incidence of rampant sexually transmitted diseases on the nighttime circuit and it could cut down on the murder rates of the girls of the night. On the other hand, the moralists vehemently deny that such regulation outweighs the moral degradation that would certainly ensue from such sanctioning. They argue that with the legalization of prostitution, the moral fabric of the country would somehow unwind and families would cease to exist as people went outside their marital bedroom for sexual fulfillment.

This argument falls flat because it basically denies that such excursions go on anyway, even without legalization. I guess they feel that without the penalty of arrest for buying sex then more people would be apt to take advantage of the services being offered. But it seems that if someone secretly fantasizes about going out and buying sex instead of being faithful to their partner, then that hints at issues that are already existent in their marriage and whether or not something is legalized will do little to alleviate those issues. So it seems like making regulations of the industry enforceable is a good thing and the lawmakers should take these arguments under consideration since it has gone on for centuries and will continue to go on with or without their sanction, so they may as well start to reign in the effects of anarchy on the streets.

Posted by rabbit at January 21, 2006 2:51 AM

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its already legal in new zealand for the same reason stated above and the only thing it did was open alot of brothels in suburbs and now there are alot more prostitutes all over the country because since the law says its alright more people accept it as right

Posted by: once off at July 31, 2007 7:34 AM

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