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RFD: Prostitution should be legal

kasmic
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6/1/2016 8:29:55 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
This is my first attempt of voting for the VU. It is for this debate. http://www.debate.org...

1: Summary

Pro's argument's.

Pro offers 2 benefits to legalizing prostitution. First, Pro gives the example of Rhode Island which indicates legal prostitution leads to lower rates in rape. It is also demonstrated via Germany that sex trafficking is reduced by legalized prostitution. For the purpose of this debate it seems to be the claim of reduced crime is linked and warranted. Secondly, Pro argues that money would be saved if resources did not have to be spent on enforcement and that money would be made via taxes if prostitution was regulated. This argument is reasonably well supported and linked to the topic.

In addition to the benefits argued, pro seems to argue the harm principle. Essentially stating that because Prostitution is a victimless crime and people should be free to act so long as there are no victims to their action it should be legal.

Con's argument's

Con initially concedes the benefits that pro argues stating "I get the point , when a sex worker involves voluntarily in a sexual action then he/she will find both pleasure and money in this life profession , so will the client , thus reducing the rates of violence ." Then 4 arguments are given.

The first argument Con articulates it that the career of prostitution is not respectable. I"m not really given any link as to why that should impact legality. Second, con lists harms connected with prostitution. Physical abuse, drug correlation, increased trafficking, spread of STD"s. Each is cited though not well explained. Also of note, none are tied to legalized prostitution, just prostitution in general. So this argument is not well linked to the topic at hand. The third argument only adds the info of the typical age and gender of prostitution. The fourth and final argument attempts to describe why people become prostitutes. No link is provided to demonstrate why this argument should affect the legality of prostitution.

2: Analysis

I would like to mention that the fact this debate has no rebuttals is both disappointing and complicates voting as both arguments are virtually uncontested. That stated, con makes a few arguments that are insufficiently linked to the topic of legality, and does less to articulate why the arguments matter. Pro sufficiently warrants and links all arguments and provides the harm principle as an appeal to why the arguments matter. Ergo, I vote Pro.
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6/1/2016 10:35:21 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
Kasmic, if prostitution is legal, then the prostitute should be subject to anti-discrimination laws. So, a prostitute should be forced to have sex with men or women she doesn't want to have sex with. Right?

You want to subject women to punishment for resisting rape?
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6/1/2016 10:36:32 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
At 6/1/2016 10:35:21 PM, Rukado wrote:
Kasmic, if prostitution is legal, then the prostitute should be subject to anti-discrimination laws. So, a prostitute should be forced to have sex with men or women she doesn't want to have sex with. Right?

You want to subject women to punishment for resisting rape?

I am personally against legalizing prostitution. However, in terms of judging this debate, I found pro's arguments more convincing.
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6/1/2016 11:30:54 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
The Con side didn't appear to distinguish the consequences between legal and illegal prostitution. But, I don't think the Pro side managed to distinguish the consequences of legalized prostitution from other factors, such as an aging population and the modern abundance of porn. What happened in Road Island after prostitution was again prohibited? Has rape not gone down in other localities that haven't effectively legalized prostitution?

"The first argument Con articulates it that the career of prostitution is not respectable. I"m not really given any link as to why that should impact legality."

Why? "Respectability" is certainly the primary reason prostitution to be banned where it is banned. The Pro side only attempts to argue for legality from a pragmatic perspective, but by should pragmatism be the only factor? Consider America's anti-consent/discrimination laws which piss all over pragmatism, because they put protecting the business from boycotts, fines, and civil action above hiring the best employee.

But, I'm afraid I have to agree that the Pro side did a better job.
kasmic
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6/2/2016 12:01:35 AM
Posted: 6 months ago
"The first argument Con articulates it that the career of prostitution is not respectable. I"m not really given any link as to why that should impact legality."

A large part of the problem is con does not tell me what is meant by "respectable." Besides, I dont think country music is respectable music, but it is music. Prostitution may or may not be a respectable profession, but it is one. respectable =/= legal. Or at least, con does not argue as much.
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6/2/2016 7:26:37 AM
Posted: 6 months ago
<Sarcasm>But what about the fact that "There really are other jobs that are way much better than this"? Doesn't it prove that given the existence of more ideal jobs, prostitution (along with anything short of rocket brain surgery) should be banned?</Sarcasm>
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6/2/2016 7:44:21 AM
Posted: 6 months ago
Thanks for the vote kasmic!
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6/3/2016 4:15:44 PM
Posted: 6 months ago
At 6/2/2016 7:26:37 AM, Ragnar wrote:
<Sarcasm>But what about the fact that "There really are other jobs that are way much better than this"? Doesn't it prove that given the existence of more ideal jobs, prostitution (along with anything short of rocket brain surgery) should be banned?</Sarcasm>

Haha, why not have a noble profession like... professional athlete.
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6/4/2016 1:13:52 AM
Posted: 6 months ago
At 6/3/2016 4:15:44 PM, kasmic wrote:
At 6/2/2016 7:26:37 AM, Ragnar wrote:
<Sarcasm>But what about the fact that "There really are other jobs that are way much better than this"? Doesn't it prove that given the existence of more ideal jobs, prostitution (along with anything short of rocket brain surgery) should be banned?</Sarcasm>

Haha, why not have a noble profession like... professional athlete.

Yeah... Or better yet, Student Athlete, since pay for hard work is a negative thing.
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6/6/2016 12:12:53 AM
Posted: 6 months ago
At 6/3/2016 4:15:44 PM, kasmic wrote:
At 6/2/2016 7:26:37 AM, Ragnar wrote:
<Sarcasm>But what about the fact that "There really are other jobs that are way much better than this"? Doesn't it prove that given the existence of more ideal jobs, prostitution (along with anything short of rocket brain surgery) should be banned?</Sarcasm>

Haha, why not have a noble profession like... professional athlete.

Is it a noble profession?
Meh!