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Should prostitution be legalized?

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message 1: by Redman (last edited Nov 12, 2008 05:49PM) (new)

Redman | 55 comments Mod
Do you think prostitution should be legalized? In Las Vagas it is. Do you think it should be legalized throughout the U.S?

message 2: by Jodie (new)

Jodie (jodiemill) I think this is just opening up a can of worms that no one wants to deal with.

message 3: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca (rodsquad) | 2 comments It is one of the oldest profession as they say. Now should it be legalized I don't know. How is it handled in Las Vegas? I can understand why some people do prostitute but who is benefiting by legalizing it? Is it going to stop pimps from being pimps and beating up on some of the prostitutes? Is it going to get the girls off of drugs? Are they going to get health benefits if it is legal? Is there a age limit on being a prostitute if they legalize it? Will it stop runaways from getting into the business? These are questions I would have before I could really make a decision on that.

message 4: by Akia (new)

Akia (adog) | 1 comments i dont think so because its wrong

message 5: by Donneil D. (last edited Nov 14, 2008 08:01AM) (new)

Donneil D. Jackson (donneil) | 13 comments If you legalize it, STD rates will rise. I don't think its a good idea.

message 6: by Redman (last edited Nov 14, 2008 04:45PM) (new)

Redman | 55 comments Mod
Prostitution is a billion dollar industry and the oldest profession. Hundreds of millions of dollars are made by this professional yearly and it's tax free. I think prostitution should be legalized because the government can tax it. Maybe it could put money back into the economy. I'm a buisness owner and I have to pay taxes,so why shouldn't prostitutes?

Jiaka1981 Winfield | 42 comments Rebecca made great points. I know it's legal in Vegas but i don't know any of the details. Obviously there would be std screenings and maybe mandatory condom use. But if it were legal and could stop some of the negitive things that happen to girls on the street I say go for it. The money from taxes would be outstanding. People are doing it anyway, it's not showing any signs of stopping. If men want to pay for sex let them also pay to fix the pothole on my street, or better bus systems.

Jiaka1981 Winfield | 42 comments What makes it wrong? is it really any diffrent form the girl who sleeps with mean on the first date, or the "club hook-up". Dating seems alot like prostitution to me, a man takes me out, pays for everything, just in the hopes that he'll get lucky. At least with a prostutitue its a sure thing.
Dance club cover-$20

going home alone- $153 !!

This was what the guy who took me out friday spent. I feel kinda bad now, I should have put out.

message 9: by David (new)

David | 1 comments Well it is an interesting dilemma. On the one hand, it does not seem to be stoppable - like drugs - so why not tax them both?

But on the other hand, you may find more women viewing it as a viable and acceptable profession.

Does this encourage men to cheat on their wives - as if it is alright to do so?

What about the families they hurt?

I don't know, there are a lot of angles to consider.

Jiaka1981 Winfield | 42 comments How could legal prostitution encourage men to cheat? A married man who will buy a prostitute will do so legal or not or he just doesnt honor his vows, therefore, he'd cheat on her anyway. Is it encouraging men to cheat for dating to be legal? A married man can just as easily met a women at a bar. An honorable man WON"T cheat on his wife for any reason. just because something is legal doenst mean everyone need to do it.

message 11: by Redman (new)

Redman | 55 comments Mod
Thank you everyone for your opinions. Please continue to post.
I stated that I believe they should tax prostitutes.The only downsize to that is the children and teens. They will grow up thinking this is acceptable. Even if their parents instill morals and values within them, they will still be curious. It's just like drinking,drugs and smoking.
We know you can't buy alcohol and cigerettes until you reach a certian age. Same as prostitution, if this is legalized, teen's may attempt to get invovled in this life style at an early age even if they put an age number on it. Teen's seem to relize their morals after they become a certian age. When they are teenagers and children they are still finding their way. So that's the only downfall I see. If it wasn't for that, i believe they should legalize and tax it. On top of having sex,drugs,drinking and smoking, we surly don't need to add prostitution to the list.
Sincerly Redman

message 12: by Margaret (new)

Margaret (LoveMyFrogs) | 35 comments In my opinion, yes. As long as there have been men and women this has been going on. Men will seek their services and women will provide it. It's that simple. If it was legalized, maybe it would be better for all concerned. The ladies would have better medical care, thus being free of STDs and some men would be less likely to be abusive toward them if there was a chance they would press charges against them for it. As it is now, the likelihood of passing a STD is rather high especially for those who freelance. The men in turn pass it on to their wives and/or girlfriends and so on(This goes for male prostitutes as well). Men who want the services, but for whatever reason like to beat up/cut up etc. the woman, would be more afraid to do so if there was a chance at prosecution. If it was legal, the women wouldn't be afraid to do so and in turn get themselves in trouble for the act itself.

Jiaka1981 Winfield | 42 comments good point Margeret! I would also like to add that obviously there would be an age limit defined as in any adult entertainment industry, so the chances of it affecting children wouldnt be anymore than porn or exotic dancing.

message 14: by Margaret (new)

Margaret (LoveMyFrogs) | 35 comments Those are also some very good points Jiaka and Redman. There should be an age limit on prostitution so children would not be allowed to do it. I also feel that as with any other profession, it should be taxed and health care should be mandatory.

message 15: by Amber (new)

Amber | 7 comments I think that prostitution should be legal. If you don't like it, don't become a prostitute or seek one out. People do it anyway, so why not legalize it? As for the STD thing, if you are going to find a call girl/boy then ask for there medical history...I know that some would lie because they don't want to lose business, but then again; if you are seeking out a prostitute there must be some reason...I have noticed that some people, not all, don't really care if their lady of the night is STD free. If it was legal then businesses could be set up, and the people in charge could monitor there "employee's" medical history. There are both negative and positive effects of legalizing prostitution and no matter what; there will never be a solution that SOMEONE does not agree with. Who knows? it could just stimulate the economy enough to help.

message 16: by Amber (new)

Amber | 7 comments Amber wrote: "I think that prostitution should be legal. If you don't like it, don't become a prostitute or seek one out. People do it anyway, so why not legalize it? As for the STD thing, if you are going to..."

Oh, and I forgot to say something else :) Bottom line. It's our body. We can do with it what we want. If other people don't like it, they don't have to solicite sex, no one is making them.

message 17: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie (abish) | 2 comments I think that anyone that thinks that prostitution should be legalized is rather uneducated in its realities. When a nation begins to see anything as acceptable just because carnal people will do it anyway, that is when a nation will begin to break down. America is already breaking down. We need to stand up for the moral code that this country was intended for. Legalizing prostitution will not take the drugs, STDs or unwanted pregnancies/abortions out of the trade. Woman will still want to numb themselves with drugs in order to deal with being used for sex. Men will still want sex without condoms. And neither one will want to deal with accidental pregnancies. Wake up people! Sex is for more than pleasure. Deep within us, we have a need to receive and give love. Prostitution denies that need. Most woman in the profession were abused as children. Most men who pimp these woman were also abused. Prostition only satifies the lust, greed, and power that is taking over society. It's bad enough that our government is taking over our health care, now you want them to regulate the sex industry?

message 18: by MG (new)

MG Hardie | 10 comments It's not legal now?

Stephanie "When a nation begins to see anything as acceptable just because carnal people will do it anyway, that is when a nation will begin to break down."
Don't look now, but that is exactly what is happening all around us.

message 19: by David (new)

David | 1 comments It's true, the argument that "people will do it anyway" is not enough justification of these sorts of behaviors. You could say, "oh, let's make murder legal, people do it anyway." You need a rational moral argument or something based on a benefit to our society to justify this issue one way or the other. In my opinion, I can't see a reason as to why it is immoral. If a woman wants to sell her body to random men, what do I care? It is her body after all. People sell their minds, their labor, their uteruses for surrogate gestation, their semen and even their blood. I just don't see the problem. Use of prostitutes would certainly go up, because there is greater access, maybe that would be a good thing for all of those who can't get laid. Though a problem for the wives of men who are less than loyal. But even so, there are so many websites these days that provide people with sex partners (Just check out casual encounters on craigslist). Now-a-days, a man can very easily cheat on his wife using a medium such as this.

Also, if it was made legal, then it would be between two consenting adults. As it is now, many girls are forced into it! Prostitution is controlled by organized crime, human traffickers, pimps and other unsavory characters. Prostitutes today can't exactly complain to human resources if they're mistreated. If you don't think that stopping sex slavery is a good enough reason to regulate prostitution, then I'd be interested in hearing your response.

message 20: by Manica (new)

Manica (manicabryant) | 5 comments I am totally against prostition but this is clearly the case of trying to take away people's rights. As we know, those who really want to do it will do it anyway and those who seeks prostitutes are still going to seek them regardless. Yes, the law protects us all from the unsafe outcomes of prostitution. And yes, laws protects us from the danger of being hurt in the future but can we really place laws around everything to the point where we as humans is like caged animals? I think America is coming to a point where everyone want to point fingers and say "You cant do this, you cant do that!" Whatever happened to educating people and trusting them to go out to make the best choice for them. (It's their life.) It's like having children. The best thing you can do as a parent is raise them right and hope when they go out on their own, they make the best desicion. You can't stand beside them their entire life saying "You can't do that!" I would love to make cheating in a relationship illegal (it can cause AIDS and STD'S also) but the truth is that some things cannot have a law or we will just be placing Americans in a cage.

message 21: by Manica (new)

Manica (manicabryant) | 5 comments ...I also think we all can make a list of things we feel should be illegal...prostitutions, cheating, dating the same sex, dating outside one's race, feeding children too much junk food, raising gas prices to an unacceptable price, obesity....the list could go on. Bottomline, if prostitution was legal, I will not walk out my door and be hurt by prostitution because I would not affiliate with it to be placed in danger. But if murder was legal, might walk out my door and be murdered bc there is no law scaring someone from commiting that crime. If robbery was made legal, more people will be out doing it and there will be a bigger chance that i would get robbed. But prostitution will not hurt me because I'm not going to prostitute, and I am educated enough to know about safe sex. What I do believe is that prostitution should be greatly education. If it is to be legalized make them go to school to learn safety guidlines and one can not go out into the field unless they pass the test...put laws around it so that it doesn't get out of control

message 22: by Manica (new)

Manica (manicabryant) | 5 comments I've also wonder where bout in USA is it legal. I thought it was illegal throughout the USA until I watched the Tyra Banks show and she had a legal prostitute on the show.

message 23: by Manica (new)

Manica (manicabryant) | 5 comments Yes, that's the desert area. They have a lot of prostitutes in that area, on the west coast where the desert is.

message 24: by S. (new)

S. Burke (soooz) | 3 comments In Australia many major cities have De-criminalised prostitution, rather than legalise it.

So the brothels are monitored and most of the sex-workers have to undergo regular checks for STD's.

Pimps still work their own private stables of girls/guys. All in all though, the sleaze once associated with prostitution has upped a couple of levels, although the streets girls and boys are still found if you know where to look.
Many young and not so young girls/guys find themselves in a position through circumstances outside their control, where just to keep food on the table and often with families to support, they are forced to make the choice between prostituting themselves or watching the kids go hungry. Given those scenarios what would you choose?

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