What Are the Pros and Cons of Legalized Prostitution?

Pros – Arguments For Legalizing Prostitution

  1. Sex trafficking of underage or foreign-born girls will be greatly reduced.
  2. It will take away large amounts of revenue going to pimps and organized crime.
  3. The sex trade can be regulated to settle disputes, prevent associated violence, and reduce the spread of disease.
  4. It will reduce the incidents of sexual violence.
  5. Individuals who aren’t blessed with high intelligence or marketable skills would have a way to earn money.
  6. Sex transactions could be taxed like cigarettes, marijuana, soda, and other vices to discourage use but raise revenue.
  7. It eliminates a non-taxed black market part of the economy; thus, income tax revenue could be collected.
  8. People who are unable to find a significant other would be able to find a legalized sexual release.
  9. Prostitution is less likely to be associated with drug use if it’s legalized.
  10. A free country should allow two consenting adults to do what they wish if it doesn’t hurt anyone else.
  11. Like other vices that people want, prostitution will always exist, so it’s better than it be managed and regulated by the government.
  12. Prostitution cases clogs the court system and uses resources better spent on violent crimes and terrorism.

Cons – Arguments Against Legalizing Prostitution

  1. It harms the overall morality of society.
  2. It will likely lead to the breakup of marriages and overall distrust of partners.
  3. Sexually-transmitted diseases will likely rise and spread.
  4. Legalizing prostitution would further objectify women.
  5. Legalization will make the sex trade seem legitimate, with the stigma removed so that it is used far more than it would have been if still illegal.
  6. Work in the sex industry degrades a person’s self worth and human dignity.
  7. Individuals who may have went to college and developed marketable skills may instead take the easier path of earning money in prostitution.

Recommended Solution

  • Legalize prostitution at a national level, but allow individual states to limit, regulate, or ban.
  • Levy a national sales tax on sex transactions and allow states to tax further.

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Written by: Joe Messerli
Last Modified: 12/08/2018

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