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Started: 2/13/2015 Category: Society
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Let me start this out by defining what exactly prostitution is. Prostitution is exchanging sexual relations for some kind of payment. Prostitution is occasionally referred to as "the world"s oldest profession".
In the United States, prostitution is illegal across the country. This includes all three "categories" of sex work: street prostitution, brothel prostitution and escort prostitution.
Only in some counties of the state of Nevada, prostitution is legal where they have regulated brothels. Al though prostitution is legal in Nevada, procuring is not. This meaning that another person cannot legally act as a "pimp" or "madam" for a sex worker.

I would also like to clarify that I think sex-work should be legalized, not procuring, trafficking or any other kind of exploitation.

1)If prostitution was to be legalized, it would increase the safety for the sex-workers. First, if a prostitute was violated while working, it would be a lot easier for that person to go to the police since the profession wouldn"t be illegal. Most sex-workers wouldn"t want to go to the police in fear of being arrested and prosecuted themselves for working as a prostitute instead of being treated as the victim of whatever crime it may be.
Second, legalization of prostitution would most likely make it easier for the sex-workers to avoid STDs and therefore not pass them on to their clients. Sex-workers could get regular check-ups and be helped to take the necessary precautions.
Third, when you"re a legally employed person in the United States you have rights. Rights such as having a minimum wage, having freedom from discrimination and having a safe work environment " rights that sex-workers currently don"t have in the US because they can"t be legally employed (with the exception of a few counties in Nevada).

2)Legalizing prostitution would also require sex-workers to pay taxes from their payments. Paying taxes would make sex-workers contribute to society on equal footing as every other tax paying American.

3)Legalizing sex-work would give people a choice. It gives consenting adults the right to choose to engage in sexual acts. Sex-workers who are employed in legal brothels would have the freedom to choose. They wouldn"t be forced to have sex with anyone or take on clients that they don"t want to, which is very likely to happen to the illegal prostitutes working on the streets.


Ok. I accept this challenge and debate over legalization of sex-work.

Pro, in the beginning of your argument, you said the definition of "sex-work". The way you defined this word is correct, but it is not complete. Let me tell you what sex-work really means:

- Sex-work is looking at women as a sex object or a sexual instrument. It means wanting/loving a girl only for her body.
Today in some societies, particularly in the West a woman can walk semi-naked in public, swim topless, patronize bars and clubs, smoke, drink, dance in discos and have sex with anybody she feels like. She can even serve her boyfriend, like an unpaid prostitute, and be free to murder her unborn baby if she falls pregnant. She can also compete in the business world by using her body to promote commercial commodities. At the end of the day she will be regarded as a truly "liberated" woman! This proves that the Western society considers woman only as a sex symbol. Now tell me, what will hapoen if sex-work becomes legalized?

1. If sex-work was legalized, no one would get married
The main reason that men get married is their sexual desires. They need women to satisfy their desires, so it makes them to get married. But nowadays, most couples are getting divorced. Do you know why? Because the wife/hausband cheats on her/his spouse. They sleep and have sex with others. That's because fornication is legal in the West. Some couples will never get married because they already have sex with each other. Why should a man get married while his girl friend sleeps with him? If you look around yourself, you can find some un-married couples who live together. Or some couples get married after having a baby (of course if the girl doesn't abort it). And there are many guys who never think about dating a girl, because they are gay.

This is the statue of marriage in Western societies. Now imagine what will happen after legalization of sex-work. Do you think men will still get married? No, because men can have sex whenever they want, with whomever they desire and there would be no blame upon them.

2. Legalization of sex-work instigates young people to deviate towards the path of lust and immorality. It gives rise to cases of divorce, adultery and illegitimate children. And as a result, legalization of sex-work corrupts the people and the society.

3. What is the difference between an animal and prostitute?
An animal eats food, so do the humen. An animal drinks water, so do the human. The human do whatever an animal does. The only difference between human and animal is that human can think and decide what to do. But the animal always follows his lust and desire. So if a person (i.e. prostitute) follows her lust, he has no difference with animals. Actually, she is lower than animals. Because as I said, animals cannot think and just follow their nature. But prostitute can, and follows her lust and desire willingly.
Can you call the prostitute "a woman" or "a human? No. A true woman will never degrade her body and sell her dignity to the highest bidder. No woman is truly liberated if she is still the slave of her wayward conscience, bodily lust or infidelity. I don't want to insult prostitutes, but it is the truth.

4. Legalization of sex-work ruins the foundation of the family
Suppose a woman who has sex with other men for money gets pregnant. If she aborts his baby, she will be a criminal. Because she will kill an innocent person who cannot defent itself. But suppose, she doesn't take an abortion and gives birth to her baby. Do you think her sexual partner (the father of that baby) will help and support her to raise their baby? No, not in the least. The woman doesn't know who has impregnanted her and the man doesn't know if the woman is pregnant. They may never see each other again. Even these years some guys leave their girl friends alone when they get pregnant. So the prostitute has to raise her baby by her own. After a while, the illegitimate child grows up. She/he needs father, but does she/he have a father? No, they don't even know who is their real father. Because their mother has slept with so many men.

For legalization of sex-work, you talked about high payment. But you must know that it's not just about money.
Debate Round No. 1


First of all, I want to say that I respect your opinion and attitude towards this issue even though it is not the same as mine, but I would like to keep this debate factual and neutral.

The fact is that prostitution is referred to as "the world"s oldest profession" - it's not going away any time soon. Why not make the best of it? Why not give the sex workers the best conditions and working environments? When we have the opportunity to legalize sex work, give sex workers the safety they obviously need and help people make a living for themselves, why not do it?

As I mentioned in my previous argument, legalizing sex-work would give safety to the sex workers. Several studies have shown that there definitely is a reduction in violence towards the sex workers when their profession is legal. When prostitution is illegal it drives the sex workers underground, which only exposes them to a greater danger.
We are all human beings - whether we choose sex work as a profession or not. As humans we have rights. Do sex workers not deserve rights? Do they not deserve protection from violence?

You mention the fact that fornication is legal in the west. Yes, it is. But legalizing sex work wouldn't make sex outside of marriage any more acceptable than it already is. It might make adultery easier to some people, but if it at the same time provides more safety to the sex workers, then I would say that it's quite all right.


Pro, I can't understand why you are supporting sex-work. I respect your opinion, too. But I want you to know how evil sex-work is. I want you to know about the truth of this immoral act.

In your argument, you said sex-workers should have rights. But you didn't mention why a girl should be a sex-worker. You didn't said why should a girl sell her body for a low amount. I cannot understand that. Would you explain to me?

I don't know if you believe in God or have a religion. But woman is the blessed creature of God. God honours and respects women more than you imagine. He doesn't want then corrupt themselves with such immortality. I don't want to talk about religion. I just want to ask some questions. For legalization of sex-work, you only explained about the payment and rights of sex-workers. But which one is important, their payment or their degnity? Their rights (for doing an immortaly) or the blessing and purifaction (for guarding their private parts)? What are the reasons for being a sex-worker? What has made a girl forget her dignity and what has made her to sell her body? Do you have more reasons to support sex-work? Please think about my questions and answer them. If your answers are logical and satisfactory, I'll admit that sex-work should be legalized.

Pro, legalization of sex-work prevents men from getting married. Unfortunately, fornication is legal. But who commit fornication? A boy and a girl who love each other. And their love may make them get married. But who is a sex-worker? A corrupred girl who sleeps with each lustful man she finds. Men ONLY love her for her body. Legalization of sex-work makes prostitutes work easier. It means they can sleep with men easier. And when men can sexual relation with whomever they want, they never think about marriage.
Besides, lealization of sex-work will cause divorce. If a woman realizes that her husband has slept with a sex-worker, she will leave him.

Please check out these facts about rape:
WASHINGTON: Nearly 1,900 women are raped every day in America, according to a study released on Thursday that paints a much grimmer picture than US Justice Department figures announced earlier this week.
The National Victim Center, which promotes the rights of victims of violent crime, said 1.3 adult women are raped every minute and 683,000 US women are raped each year, based on a survey of more that 4,000 women, including 579 rape victims. One in eight adult American women has been raped, bringing the total of rape victims to at least 12.1 million, it said.
The survey indicated that 61 per cent of all rape cases involve women under 18 and that 29 percent of all rapes occurred when the victim was less than 11 years old. - Reuters (Source: MID-DAY Bombay 25-4-92)
Somewhere in America, a woman is raped every 2 minutes. (National Crime Victimization Survey. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, 1996)
Sexual assault is down by half since 1993, yet there were still 248,000 sexual assaults in 2001.
About 10% of sexual assault victims are men.
One in six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape.
About 2/3 of sexual assaults are committed by someone who is known to the victim.Less than 39% of sexual assaults are reported to law enforcement.About 44% of rape victims are under age 18; about 15% are under age 12.
(Most numbers in the above charts have been rounded. All data compiled by RAINN from US Justice Department, Bureau of Justice Statisics: National Crime Victimization Survey 2001 and prior years; Sex Offenses and Offenders 1997. All studies are available at

Other Survey
According to the Justice Department, one in two rape victims are under age 18; one in six are under age 12. (Child Rape Victims, 1992. U.S. Department of Justice)
Two new studies of adolescent girls have found that 1 in 4 has been sexually or physically abused or forced by a date to have sex against her will. (New York Times, 10/1/97)
Every 90 seconds, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). RAINN calculation based on 1999 USDOJ NCVS data.)
Globally, at least one in three women and girls had been beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime. (UN Commission on the Status of Women, 2/28/00)
Up to 4,315 pregnancies may have resulted from these attacks. [RAINN calculation based on 2002 NCVS and medical reports.Because of the methodology of the National Crime Victimization Survey, these figures do not include victims 12 or younger. While there are no reliable annual surveys of sexual assaults on children, the Justice Department has estimated that one of six victims are under age 12. [Child Rape Victims, 1992]
Approximately 48% of victims are raped by a friend or acquaintance; 30% by a stranger; 16% by an intimate; 2% by another relative; and in 4% of cases the relationship is unknown. [2000 NCVS.]
Age 12-34 are the highest risk years. Risk peaks in the late teens: girls 16 to 19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape or sexual assault. [2000 NCVS.]

Many people say that legalization of sex-work can avoid rape. But can an immortality be the best solution for another immortality? I don't want to talk about religion! But Islam presents the best to protect woman from rape; wearing hijab and covering body with a modest dress. Only hijab is the best way to stop raping.

Another evil effect of sex-work is its harmfulness for women.

The sex of prostitution is physically harmful to women in prostitution. STDs (including HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, human papilloma virus, and syphilis) are alarmingly high among women in prostitution. Only 15 % of the women in the Minneapolis/St. Paul study had never contracted one of the STDs, not including AIDS, most injurious to health (chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrheal, herpes). General gynecological problems, but in particular chronic pelvic pain and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), plague women in prostitution.. The Minneapolis/St. Paul study reported that 31% of the women interviewed had experienced at least one episode of PID which accounts for most of the serious illness associated with STD infection. Among these women, there was also a high incidence of positive pap smears, several times greater than the Minnesota Department of Health"s cervical cancer screening program for low and middle income women. More STD episodes can increase the risk of cervical cancer.
Another physical effect of prostitution is unwanted pregnancy and miscarriage. Over two-thirds of the women in the Minneapolis/St. Paul study had an average of three pregnancies during their time in prostitution, which they attempted to bring to term. Other health effects include irritable bowel syndrome, as well as partial and permanent disability.
The emotional health consequences of prostitution include severe trauma, stress, depression, anxiety, self-medication through alcohol and drug abuse; and eating disorders. Almost all the women in the Minneapolis/St. Paul study categorized themselves as chemically-addicted. Crack cocaine and alcohol were used most frequently. Ultimately, women in prostitution are also at special risk for self-mutilation, suicide and homicide. 46% of the women in the Minneapolis/St. Paul study had attempted suicide, and 19% had tried to harm themselves physically in other ways.
More succinctly, women in prostitution suffer the same broken bones, concussions, STDs, chronic pelvic pain, and extreme stress and trauma that women who have been battered, raped and sexually abused endure. In fact, the case can be made that women in prostitution -- because they are subject to being battered, raped and sexually abused all at the same time over an extensive period of time -- suffer these health consequences more intensively and consistently . [1]

Debate Round No. 2


Obviously I can't answer for every single sex worker out there as to why she/he (for the record, there are also male sex workers) chooses to be in that specific profession. Because that is what it is or should be hence the legalization - a profession. Sex work is a profession like any other - you do something you're good at, and you work to earn money, you work to pay the bills, you work to be able to buy the things you want.
Whether or not sex work is immoral is a matter of opinion and possibly religion. Does a sex worker have no dignity? Of course, he/she does! To me, a person does not lose their dignity just because they choose to be a sex worker. But again that's just my personal opinion.
This is something that we might as well agree to disagree upon, as I don't think we'll ever come to a common conclusion, which is completely okay.
This debate isn't as much about our personal opinions and views as it is about facts, though. And the facts that I presented in my first argument are just that - facts.

You mention that many people say we can avoid rape by legalizing sex work. Avoiding rape completely is basically impossible. But we can reduce it. When Rhode Island legalized prostitution, both incidence of gonorrhea and the number of rapes decreased significantly (gonorrhea by 39% and rape by 31%). *
It has also been estimated that the number of rapes in the United States will decrease by approximately 25% if sex work was legalized.**
Whether or not you think that legalization of sex work is the best solution because of the "immorality" of it is again a matter of perspective, opinion and possibly religion. But the facts will remain the same no matter what personal opinion we may have.

In your argument you also say that prostitution is harmful to women due to the high risks of STD's, unwanted pregnancy and miscarriage. Yes, for the sex workers working on the streets there are very high risks of this, as the male clients most likely won't want to use a condom.
This is where the legalization of sex work could have a huge impact. If the sex workers are working in legal brothels, wearing a condom will most likely be a requirement for the clients (it is in the legal brothels in Nevada), and the sex workers won't be exposed to STD's or unwanted pregnancy. If, say a condom breaks and a sex worker gets an STD or gets pregnant, the sex worker can receive treatment at the regular check up with their doctor (these check ups should be a requirement at legal brothels and they are at the legal brothels in Nevada).



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