Pros – Arguments For Legalizing Prostitution
- Sex trafficking of underage or foreign-born girls will be greatly reduced.
- It will take away large amounts of revenue going to pimps and organized crime.
- The sex trade can be regulated to settle disputes, prevent associated violence, and reduce the spread of disease.
- It will reduce the incidents of sexual violence.
- Individuals who aren’t blessed with high intelligence or marketable skills would have a way to earn money.
- Sex transactions could be taxed like cigarettes, marijuana, soda, and other vices to discourage use but raise revenue.
- It eliminates a non-taxed black market part of the economy; thus, income tax revenue could be collected.
- People who are unable to find a significant other would be able to find a legalized sexual release.
- Prostitution is less likely to be associated with drug use if it’s legalized.
- A free country should allow two consenting adults to do what they wish if it doesn’t hurt anyone else.
- Like other vices that people want, prostitution will always exist, so it’s better than it be managed and regulated by the government.
- Prostitution cases clogs the court system and uses resources better spent on violent crimes and terrorism.
Cons – Arguments Against Legalizing Prostitution
- It harms the overall morality of society.
- It will likely lead to the breakup of marriages and overall distrust of partners.
- Sexually-transmitted diseases will likely rise and spread.
- Legalizing prostitution would further objectify women.
- 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.
- Work in the sex industry degrades a person’s self worth and human dignity.
- Individuals who may have went to college and developed marketable skills may instead take the easier path of earning money in prostitution.
- 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.
Written by: Joe Messerli
Last Modified: 12/08/2018