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    Yes, I personally would not participate, but if prostitution were legalized, the government could tax all of the brothels and make a ton of money.
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    aren't there enough taxes in place already. just give the govt more reasons to spend, spend, spend; its not like this tax would be applied to existing debt. plus the costs of healthcare would probably double with the increase in std. anyone with half a brain knows the govt cant run any organization, much more this one.
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    Time and time again it's been said, evidenced, and studied that among prostitutes plying their trade in a legal manner, i.e. working for legal brothels, or just following the law around them, that the STD ratio is very, very low. Mandated testing along with very strict rules and regulations on condoms makes it that way.

    To try and use the "BUT THE STD RATES WOULD GO THROUGH THE ROOF" argument is moot. It's a null and void sentiment, because all you're doing is restating ignorance that has already been proven wrong.
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    NO. Prostitution is am immoral crime that preys upon the poor and the desperate. It's obvious from some of the responses that many of you have never known a prostitute or listened to their back story which almost always involves a history of addiction and sexual/physical abuse. This is not Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts. No little girl or boy says I want to be a whore when I grow up! Just because we can't quantify the emotional damage doesn't make prostitution a victimless crime. The moral fiber of a civilized society should not erode to cater to the basest desires of the weakest among us. It should seek to uplift those without hope whose self image has tarnished to the point that their own intrinsic value as human beings has become a commodity to be traded for coin. Every prostitute is someone's child. Don't they deserve better than to be taken advantage of for what they offer instead of empowered to what they can become? Prostitution stains all of us long after the physical act.
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    The current prostitution laws discriminate against poor women who have fewer options for putting food on the table, and force these women into the abusive hands of pimps and drug dealers. If you are an upper middle class woman you can prostitute yourself all you like and never face any legal penalty, provided you do it behind closed doors and not on the streets. Furthermore, if the person who pays you films you doing it, it's legal because now you're an adult film star.

    I think prostitution is sad but I think a woman has a right to make a living using her body if she chooses to.
  • #17
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    These arguments are looking at prostitution as a business deal between two equal participants, but put yourself in the place of the prostitute. Think for a moment and ask yourself this question.... What circumstance would be required, how bad would your life have to be, before you were willing to let anyone, absolutely anyone, do anything to your body he wished? Think of someone you might cross the street to avoid. Now, what would it take before you would be willing to perform oral acts on that person? Now imagine giving yourself to person after person, night after night. Prostitution is not a business transaction; it is an act of desperation by women and children on the street who have no other option.
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    Not really, Sophie b. Have you not seen the news. That "soccer mom" was running an escort business. Not becAuse she needed the money either. And the girls that worked for her weren't poor girls that were chosen when she saw them walking the streets either. These women came from good places. They just wanted to make a living using their body. Not every prostitute is like the ones you see on law and order, honey.
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    Sophie, what you say is certainly true for some women. However, not every prostitute is required to let someone do "anything they want" to them. Many of them are not desperate at all. I believe that legalization would give the women you are talking about more control over their bodies and lives than they have now.
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    It's their bodies, and if they want to sell their bodies for sex, it shouldn't be a crime, as there is no victim. Also, if prostitution was to be made into a business, prostitutes wouldn't have to worry about dealing with dangerous clients and pimps, and the clients wouldn't have to worry about catching an STD.
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    That's the point. Nobody WANTS to sell their body. Just consider for a moment... What kind of circumstance would it take before you would be willing to let anybody, regardless of age, appearance, hygiene, health, etc., do anything to your body he wanted...in any orifice? And then the next in line, and the next, and the next? Nobody wants that. It is a choice borne only out of desperation and hopelessness. Legalizing prostitution is tantamount to legalizing degradation, oppression, and abuse.
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    True, some people do it because they're desperate, but did you know that some people like to have sex, and there's no crime in allowing someone to make money off of doing something that they enjoy? For those who are desperate, would you rather them sell their bodies in a hostile environment where they could end up as just another dead hooker on the streets, or have them work in a safe environment?

    Bottom line, people are still going to do things that you don't like even if they are illegal, and they are going to do them much more dangerously than if they were legal.
  • #11
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    Yes with proper controls such as frequent health check some kind of licence and a place to go not on the streets. But work at of certain licenced places such as nonalacholic clubs ect.
  • #3
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    You mean the entire United States becoming a Las Vegas? wow, we wouldn't have to worry about the next war; we would have to worry about our demise from our unlimited indulgences in our own vices.
  • #35
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    For all those out there worried about their marriages and children that is a personal problem. If you're worried your husband/wife will cheat on you because it's now legal chances are he/she was doing it before. Treat this with your kids just as you would drugs and alcohol, explain to them it is wrong and immoral and they shouldn't participate. Raise your kids correctly and this wouldn't be an issue. I believe it should be legal in order to make it safer for the women who are going to do it anyway and for the others who pay for their services. Not to mention there would be a huge "sin tax" on this and the government would make a killing maybe lessening taxes on us. bahahaha yeah right!
  • #34
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    It has been legal in other Nations for generations with very few problems plus the prostitutes pay taxes. What's the downside beyond some will be ticked that someone is doing something they don't approve of?
  • #55
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    Yes. It is after all the oldest profession. Regulate it, to keep it safe for all concerned. Tax it, to pay for the regulators. The same case can be made for marijuana. It's a win win. System works well in Europe.
  • #54
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    Legalize the sale of sex, unionize it, regulate it, set an age limit and make it safe. If you genuinely want to make a living that way I think that's your prerogative I just hate the idea of someone feeling like that's the only way they can (ESPECIALLY IF IT IS TRUE FOR WHATEVER REASON).

    Trafficking and forced prostitution is the real problem not the prostitutes themselves. It only makes these victims lives worse when they personally have legal trouble. Spend the time, money and energy in to getting these criminals in every sense of the word and not the sex industry workers/criminals who are technically criminals.

    I'm still debating myself on the idea that only Johns should be breaking the law in a sale of sex. If you have any ideas about this I'd like to hear what they are.
  • #50
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    I think there would be alot less rape and murder if prostitution were to be legal...... ........... Morals may conflict, but to say it wouldn't be a good thing (atleast in some aspects) would be a fallacy.
  • #49
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    Prostitution has been called the world's oldest profession for a reason. It's been around ever since Og and Ook fell out of the trees. It will be around long after the last hell fire and damnation preacher sputters out. Making it illegal has not made it go away. Anytime people want something that is illegal a black market for the product/service develops. That's economics 101.

    If it is made legal it can be taxed and regulated. If it remains illegal, it cannot. It's that simple.
  • #47
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    Yes it should be legal. Why? Well for starters it would add to the economic status, they would pay taxes and have to get checkups and probably get discounts on condoms. This would mean less diseases and sneaking around with strangers in the dark. The providers (women) would not be drugged out addicts who get beat by their pimps anymore, instead they would be tax paying working women providing a service.
  • #46
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    America is a VERY puritanical country. I just don't see prostitution every being legalized...ever. The femininst movement is strong. If this topic ever came up for legalization it would be shot down fast. Legalizing marijuana would stand a much better chance of passing but don't see that one in the tea leaves either.
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