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EJR925
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Athias
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Prostitution: Should it be legalized?

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Started: 1/17/2019 Category: Politics
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EJR925

Con

[First round is for stating your position or premises that you will be defending. Clarify anything you think needs it]

Position/Premise(s): Legalizing prostitution would lead to an increase in sexually transmitted diseases, Globalize human trafficking, And violent crime including rape and possible homicide would increase. It empowers the criminal underworld, Promotes commercially exploitation, And promotes repression of women by men.

Clarification: The definition of prostitution according to Merriam Webster "the act or practice of engaging in promiscuous sexual relations especially for money. "
Athias

Pro

Prostitution ought to be legal because we are sovereign individuals who bear a moral right to our own persons which includes the capacity to behave them as we wish (e. G. The transaction of sex. ) Any statutory measure that prohibits the transaction of sex prima facie undermines the aforementioned right, And our sovereignty as individuals.
Debate Round No. 1
EJR925

Con

Legalizing prostitution would lead to an increase in sexually transmitted diseases. According to the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), U. S. Women in prostitution interview and reported the following: 47% stated that men expected sex without a condum, 73% stated that men offered to pay more for sex without a condum, And 45% of women stated that they were abused if they insisted that the men wear a condum. Condums are not used all of the time in the sex industry because there is a lower percentage of use by street workers. 50% of brothel workers perform oral sex or receive it without using prophylactics (which is a medicine or course of actions used to prevent disease).

Legalizing prostitution would globalize human trafficking, Promotes repression of women by men, And promote commercial exploitation because it increases the demand for prostitution. It increases the motivation of men to buy women for sex in a wider and more permissible range of socially acceptable settings. When the legal barriers disappear so does the social and ethical barriers to treating women as sexual products. It sends the message to new generations of men and boys that women are sex products/commodities and desensitizes them on how they perceive women. Moreover, The sociological consequences will constitute the decrease on the respect, Value, And dignity of women. Advertisements make the offering of women as objects for sexual use and teaches new generations of men and boys to treat women as subordinates or commodities. It globalizes human trafficking --- as early as 1994 the International Organization of Migration found that 70% of trafficked women from Central and Eastern European countries. According to the Budapest Group, 80% of women in the brothels in the Netherlands are trafficked from other countries. Permitting this behavior empowers the criminal underworld.

Legalizing prostitution increase violent crime towards women in the industry. In a CATW study, 5 country study, Interview 146 victims of international human trafficking and local prostitution, 80% of all women interview suffered physical violence from pimps and buyers. A study of the commercial sex industry in eight different American cities found that 36% of prostituted people reported their buyers were violent or abusive.

I will rebuttal my opponent's premise on rounds 3, 4, And 5. I will defend my premises if my opponent objects to any of them on rounds 3, 4, Or 5.
Athias

Pro

Rebuttal #1

"Legalizing prostitution would lead to an increase in sexually transmitted diseases. "

Do you have evidence which supports this assertion? The citations you've provided thus far only informs the use, Or the lack thereof, Of condoms and prophylactics. Do you have any conclusive evidence that prostitution causes an increase in sexually transmitted diseases? What is differentiating quality which separates prostitution from--let's say--promiscuity?

Rebuttal #2

"Legalizing prostitution would globalize human trafficking, Promotes repression of women by men, And promote commercial exploitation because it increases the demand for prostitution. "

Once again, Do you have evidence which supports this assertion? That is, Legalizing prostitution would globalize human trafficking? Are you conflating prostitution and slavery? Prostitution in and of itself is the selling of sex for money, Or trading it for remuneration. It strictly does not necessitate "trafficking. "

Rebuttal #3

"It sends the message to new generations of men and boys that women are sex products/commodities and desensitizes them on how they perceive women. "

Or. . . It sends the message that individuals are sovereign and that no custom, Taboo, More, Folkway, Or policy can dictate how said individuals behave their bodies. Furthermore, It implicates that utilitarian rituals like "courting" or "dating" are not necessary to engage other individuals in coitus. As long as the utilities of the parties involved are being served, Then there's nothing wrong with a willful transaction like prostitution.

Rebuttal #4
"Moreover, The sociological consequences will constitute the decrease on the respect, Value, And dignity of women. Advertisements make the offering of women as objects for sexual use and teaches new generations of men and boys to treat women as subordinates or commodities. "

Respect, Value, And Dignity are far too abstract to attach quantifiers. We cannot observe empirically this decrease of which you speak. I suppose we could argue this subjectively, But that exchange will essentially reduce to our mere statements of perception; therefore, A sufficient contradiction to your statement would be "No, I do not believe that legalizing prostitution would decrease the respect, Value, And dignity of women. "

Rebuttal #5

"It globalizes human trafficking --- as early as 1994 the International Organization of Migration found that 70% of trafficked women from Central and Eastern European countries. According to the Budapest Group, 80% of women in the brothels in the Netherlands are trafficked from other countries. Permitting this behavior empowers the criminal underworld. "

How does this capture cause and not incidence? That is, How does prostitution cause this? How is this not reproducible in all cases of prostitution? And if Prostitution were to be legalized, How would it empower a criminal element? Prostitution wouldn't be a crime. Human Trafficking is a reprehensible act that isn't informed necessarily by trading for sex--i. E. Prostitution. The immorality manifests when the participants and concerned parties have their sovereignty infringed. All the more reason that respecting an individual's sovereignty is paramount as opposed to debating which utility an individual should be coerced into serving.

Rebuttal #6

"Legalizing prostitution increase violent crime towards women in the industry. "

Please cite evidence which supports this claim directly, Not the components which may or may not have a relation.

"In a CATW study, 5 country study, Interview 146 victims of international human trafficking and local prostitution, 80% of all women interview suffered physical violence from pimps and buyers. A study of the commercial sex industry in eight different American cities found that 36% of prostituted people reported their buyers were violent or abusive. "

Please cite these specific studies.
Debate Round No. 2
EJR925

Con

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Athias

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
EJR925

Con

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Athias

Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
EJR925

Con

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Athias

Pro

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Bob16 2 years ago
Bob16
Just saying that the idea that legalization promotes human sex trafficking has supportive evidence, E. G. Countries with legalization report higher trafficking, And criminals have been found to fighting for decriminalization policies.
Posted by Athias 3 years ago
Athias
@K_Michael_Tolman: Governments do not possess "law. " Governments implement "policy. " Laws serve a moral and ethical economy; policies serve a government's discretion and utility.

As for prostitution, I'd rather have my opponent make a response before I engage anyone in the comments section.
Posted by K_Michael_Tolman 3 years ago
K_Michael_Tolman
@Athias
While you have sovereignty in your decisions (the pursuit of happiness), You are also under the government's jurisdiction and must abide by their laws.
You also neglect the fact that sex trafficking does happen ILLEGALLY and if prostitution were to become a legalized institution and business trade, Then sex trafficking would definitely grow as well. And you cannot claim that your right to have sex for money outweighs the right of a girl to not be a slave.
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