PRO: Legalization of Prostitution
By: Shaina Mavreen D. Villaroza
Section: WFW6 English 10 - Prof. Naida Rivera
If you take a good look on prostitution as an occupation, it’s one of the oldest professions
in human history. Religion such as Catholicism which used to manage prostitution once now
rejects it. It is simply a job in which services are exchanged for payment between two consenting
adults. If a woman decides to exchange money for sex, it is a personal choice as it is also a right
for man to be able to pay for sex. If you think about it, just like every other services provided,
there would be no prostitution without the demand for the market and the services provided.
Legalization promotes privacy and liberty. “The freedom to choose one’s reasons for engaging in
sex is an important part of sexual freedom”, quoted from Alan Soble. “The function of the
government is to protect me from others. It’s up to me, thank you, to protect me from me (San
Francisco Chronicle, Hoppe, A., 1992)”. Prostitutes should not be looked down upon because
there are immoral people in other professions such as doctors signing prescriptions for drugs,
lawyers, and priests. It makes no sense in a free society for the government to be telling people
particularly the poor to conduct service in exchange for money. “Selling is legal, and sex is legal,
so why isn’t selling sex legal?” to paraphrase George Carlin.
Legalization of prostitution improves neighborhood and promotes safety
(legalizeprostitution.htm). Prostitutes should naturally be found on brothels or motels if
prostitution is legal. But they are forced to work into streets and neighborhoods are exposed to
the activity against their will. Others who work at night and get into cars are very prone to serial
killing. A sensible solution would be to designate areas where prostitutes can work safer and
where clients could go and avoid association with neighborhoods who do not wish to get
involved with it.
The sexual aspects of this is sex is a healthy outlet and although we are not animals,
desires, actions, feelings, and thought of a sexual nature are a very strong part of who we are as
human beings. Although laws have been made, prostitution still exists and will not disappear any
time soon. Many countries have legalized and monitored prostitution. In Singapore, it is common
and a publicly open trade. In Denmark, women can be prostitutes as long as it is not their only
means of occupation. Canada, France, and Mexico and even the biblical area of Israel allow
prostitution. In the Netherlands, it is to be contained in brothels and in England and Wales, it is
limited to individuals being able to be prostitutes. In the US, it is illegal except for the state of
Nevada. Prostitution is legal in 50%, illegal in 39%, and limitedly legal in 11% in one hundred
countries worldwide chosen to inclusive of major religions, geographical regions, and policies
toward prostitution (prostitution.procon.org, 2009). As of 2009, one source estimated that there
were 800,000 women working as prostitutes in the Philippines, with some of them believed to be
underage (preda.org, 2012). If prostitution is legalized, it will benefit sex workers and their
clients. For whatever reason, financial or personal satisfaction, sex workers can help their clients
who pay for sex because that is their only way to get sex. And people who have conditions of
erotic phobia and other sexual dysfunctions have therapeutic claims of sex workers helping them
overcome such conditions. What can we argue in preventing sex workers to help such persons?
On the morality issue, which many people have debated over prostitution, why don’t we
all have enough of a problem with boxing, gangster rap, eating like a pig, one night stands or
binge drinking in private to make any of those illegal? Prostitution is not going away. Legalize it
and regulate it. People need to be more realistic but this is easier said than done; this is a nation
obsessed with morality we live in. It is the man or the woman who is to be blamed for cheating,
not the prostitutes. In societies and countries where prostitution is legalized, regulated, and
monitored, rates have dropped in crime, prisons being overcrowded, murder, rape, and suicide
rates have gone down, STD, HIV, and AIDS cases have also dropped (procon.org, 2011).
Another benefit of legalizing prostitution is to the prostitutes themselves, which are treated
poorly by pimps and abused or owned by gangs. Keeping prostitution illegal contributes to crime
because criminals make prostitutes and their customers an easy target for fraud, robbery, and
other criminal acts. The victims could not report this to authorities for this will have to make
them admit for doing something illegal when the attack took place. It would also help if
prostitution will be monitored to make sure there will be no more human trafficking, no more
minors being into that trade.
So knowing all this information about prostitution, prostitution should be legalized so law
enforcement will be put to better use. Policemen effort and time to find and prosecute the
prostitutes and their customers could be saved to take care of more important things and be able
to help people in more important situations.
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abuse-crimes/prostitution-in-the-philippines-a-time-for-change/. Retrieved on: Spetember 26,
San Francisco Chronicle. 1993. Hoppe, Arthur. http://220.127.116.11/prostitution.htm.
Would Legal Prostitution decrease sexual violence such as rape? 2011.
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