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Should Prostitution be legalized in the United States?

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Started: 4/14/2016 Category: People
Updated: 7 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Akhesh44

Pro

Prostitution should be legalized for a variety of reasons. The most important reason being that a person has the right to their own body. If someone feels that they want to make money with their body they should have that luxury. If a woman feels that selling her body is not degrading or wrong then other people should not be able to tell her that it is. The government should not be able to dictate this. Consensual sex between two adults is already legal. However, it is illegal when it is done in exchange for money. If a person wanted to get a massage or any other kind of manual labor that would be allowed, however sex is not. One of the reasons why prostitution is illegal is because is to stop some of the mistreatment of women by pimps and brothel owners. However, this has not worked. Legalizing this act would also reduce the amount of violence that prostitutes endure. A prostitute who is mistreated may be reluctant to call the police since prostitution is illegal. Numbers show that most of the violence from prostitution is from street prostitution. In Nevada, there is much less violence that occurs around the brothels. Prostitution is also a crime with no real victim. Women who are willfully selling their bodies are not doing anything to harm or put anyone in danger. Legalizing prostitution also has the potential to save the country a significant amount of money. Making the service of prostitution a legal act would be an improvement over having it being seen as an illegal activity. Legalizing the activity would allow the government to be able to make it safer and also increase tax revenue. Making prostitution legal would cut down on some of the diseases and health risks that are involved. It would also reduce street prostitution which is the main source of violence in prostitution. There are many countries around the world in which prostitution is already legal and it is a multi-million dollar industry. Some of the more notable countries include Australia, Canada, Brazil, and Austria.
Another_1

Con

While the opposition brings up a good point in that women have a say to their body the truth is that legalizing prostitution will bring more harm than it does good. While women do have a right to their body and consensual sex between two adults is understandable, the majority of women in the sex industry would rather have a different occupation. The problem with decriminalizing prostitution is that it attracts sex trafficking. Home land security described Sex tracking as a modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain. It was first thought that legalizing prostitution would help cut the number of "sex slaves" but this is not the case. In Germany where Prostitution is legal police have reported that sex trafficking has increased over 70% over the last five years. To make matters worst more than 10% of the reported cases of trafficking "...were cases of child trafficking and the majority of them were less than fourteen years old." Another report states that a whopping 80% of the women in brothels in Netherlands, where prostitution is legal, where trafficked into the country. Its a noble idea to let people do as they please with their bodies or let them please whom they like with their body but the fact is that while a small percentage of women benefits from its legalization the majority will continue to be exploited. These women are physically, psychologically and emotionally abused, day in and day out, there is no reason why any government should promote any of that. In summary, I do believe that a women has a right to her body, the problem with legalizing prostitution is that it allows human traffickers to take advantage of the situation and flood the sex market with vulnerable women who are being forced to have sex.
Debate Round No. 1
Akhesh44

Pro

There are plenty prostitutes/escorts in the sex industry who are not only make a living off of their occupation but are more than satisfied with their profession. Also I do not agree that human sex trafficking would be increased if prostitution was made legal. Legalizing prostitution and legalizing human sex trafficking are two different things. Making prostitution legal would bring in better laws that would protect people from forced sex work. Decriminalizing prostitution would give sex workers little to fear and in result they would be more open to the police about human trafficking. Many sex workers are currently worried that if they are too open, then they may be arrested. Traffickers use prostitution laws to put fear into the hearts of young girls and women. They fear that if they run to the police that they will be treated as criminals. Also, Brothels would have to worry about their reputations and would not want to be known as a place that practices human sex trafficking or uses minors for sex workers. If anything, legalizing prostitution would in no way increase human trafficking but, rather discourage it. Legalizing prostitution would also make the sex industry much safer. Sex workers would be required to legally get tested for STD"s, Aids, and other diseases. They would also be provided holidays and a safe work environment. Legalizing prostitution would make it run by the government and would therefore require some sort of license. If the owner of the license is not abiding by the rules of the government then he or she may risk losing his or her license. Sex workers would have to be more inclined to report any harm done to them by clients or pimps because they would no longer fear being arrested by the police. Pimps are brothel owners would run into the law for doing things that they used to be able get away with. Also, since prostitution is illegal, many prostitutes are forced to work on the street where they risk their safety greatly. Many prostitutes are abused by pimps and clients regularly and risk being killed by serial killers. Making prostitution legal would put them in a safer and more regulated environment with security personnel. The amount of money and time used to stop prostitution could be better used on other matters. The point is that prostitution is still going strong in the country and around the world. Legalizing it would make law enforcement"s job much easier than having them constantly trying to fight a battle that just does not seem winnable.
Another_1

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
Akhesh44

Pro

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Another_1

Con

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