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Prostitution should not be legalized in the United States

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Started: 5/9/2015 Category: Health
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I will be arguing that prostitution, or the act of providing sexual intercourse or other related activities should not be legal in the United States.

I believe that the resolution is relatively self evident, however if there are any questions in regards to clarifying the resolution please ask before accepting as I wish to avoid any arguments contingent on semantics.

The negating party has the option of presenting their arguments in the first round with the understanding that they will not post in their final round or simply accepting in the first round.

In order to win the affirmative must demonstrate that the harms of legalization would outweigh the benefits provided and the negative is under a similar burden of proof.

I look forward to an interesting and productive debate.


I accept your challenge. Please present your case.
Good Luck!
Debate Round No. 1


The illegal market will expand under normalization

The preexisting illicit market will still exist under a normalized environment. A 2012 study [1] found that there were two major factors affecting the size of the illicit market post legalization "The scale effect of legalized prostitution leads to an expansion of the prostitution market, " while the substitution effect reduces demand for trafficked women as legal prostitutes are favored over trafficked ones." However, after an "empirical analysis for a cross-section of up to 150 countries" the authors found "that the scale effect dominates the substitution effect. On average, countries where prostitution is legal experience larger reported human trafficking inflows." Therefore not only does legalization expand the market for prostitution by creating a new legal market, but it also increases harms in the status quo by increasing the size of the illicit market.

Legalization facilitates the transmission of HIV

There exists a belief that legalization will reduce the transmission rate of HIV. However, legalization will actually exacerbate the problem in the status quo. First, simply as a result of the expansion of the illicit market we will see a net increase in the transmission rate of HIV. However, the transmission rate in a legal environment may be even worse than that is the illicit market. In one study [2] "47% of women in [(some districts in Nevada previously allowed legal prostitution)]U.S. prostitution stated that men expected sex without a condom; 73% reported that men offered to pay more for sex without a condom". One woman in the study [2] noted that "It"s "regulation" to wear a condom at the sauna, but negotiable between parties on the side. Most guys expected blow jobs without a condom". In other words any regulation advocated by my opponent is unlikely to be enforced in such an environment. The reason for this is explained by Chief Inspector Nancy Pollock, one of Scotland"s highest-ranking female police officers explains that "On the street, very few women will do anal sex and few do sex without a condom. But in the saunas, the owners, who obviously don"t want their punters going away disappointed, decide what the women will do, and very often that is anal sex and sex " oral and vaginal " without a condom"[3].

Legalization dehumanizes women

Legalization inherently gives off the message that woman should be viewed as commodities to be bought and sold on a whim. As Melissa Farley, PhD, Founding Director of the Prostitution Research and Education center explains "Legal sex businesses provide locations where sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and violence against women are perpetrated with impunity. State-sponsored prostitution endangers all women and children in that acts of sexual predation are normalized" [4]. This type of environment is obviously counterproductive if we ever wish to construct any form of progressive and just society in the United States.

It is because legalizing prostitution increases humans sex trafficking, increases the spread of deadly STD"s and delegitimizes women in modern society that I ask you to affirm this resolution.



Time to make my case, i apologize this argument is very short, as i have very little time to write this. (I've been very busy with school work)

My first point is, that, people should have a right to do whatever they want to their own body. This country is not based upon authoritative values, rather it is based off of the principals of liberty and justice for all.

The easiest way for me to present my argument, will be direct refutation of the Pro's case.

"Legalization facilitates the transmission of HIV", yes this may be the case, but rules and regulations must be enforced. While it may be legal in Scotland to forgo the condom entirely for sex workers, this is the United States. We are in a country of regulations, and with both chambers of our legislative branch dominated by conservatives, it is guaranteed, that we will have rules and regulations in place to protect both the customers and the prostitutes. This means HIV will not spread and those that ignore this rule will be fined.

"Legalization dehumanizes women", Do you know what else dehumanizes women? Telling them they do not have the right to chose what happens to their bodies. It is shameful that we live in a society in which we still have trouble allowing women to be free and independent, and nor only this, but not all prostitutes are women. There are also male prostitutes. They exist. They should not be ignored. Refusal to legalize meas that the government has the power to tell us what we can and cannot do behind closed doors. Legalization will protect women, because as an officially recognized profession, they will have rights enforced by the government.

The Constitution of The United State
The Declaration of Independence (United States)
Debate Round No. 2


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In order to allow for fair debate, i will pass this round.
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I pass this round in order to allow this debate to be fair.
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct: Pro forfeits. Arguments: Con argues you have the right to do what you want with your own body, and selling your body for sex technically counts as doing what you want with your own body. Therefore, it does not matter how much harm is caused. Pro forfeits the opportunity to refute this.