2 October 2007
Legalization of Prostitution
Legalizing prostitution could benefit society through economic, health, and safety issues. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines prostitution as “1: the act or practice of engaging in promiscuous sexual relations especially for money, 2: the state of being prostituted: DEBASEMENT” (Merriam-Webster). Although the world’s oldest profession is just another option of employment in some counties of Nevada and a few other countries, the debate over prostitution policies continue. In Iran, prostitution is a “crime punishable by death” (Akhavan). Legalization of prostitution alone is not enough. The actual guidelines that would govern the prostitutes and brothels are vital. Arresting, jailing, and prosecuting prostitutes will not stop it from happening nor will it enhance heath and safety for the prostitute or the public (Brent 270). Street walking prostitution should still remain illegal because of its harmful consequences to the both the prostitute and the community.
Economically speaking, not only is there money to be made, but also money to be saved by legalizing prostitution. Money earned by legal prostitution can be taxed. Brothels or private self-owned businesses would be required to pay business taxes as well. This makes good sense. Along with not ending prostitution, criminalizing prostitution costs tax payers money. The law enforcement costs, the cost of incarceration, and the cost of prosecuting this so called crime is expensive. An appropriately zoned, taxed and health-regulated legal prostitution industry would free woman from jail, free many of our precious few police officers to focus on real crime and bring in much needed revenue.
The next benefit attained by the decriminalization of prostitution is the health of the prostitutes and the public. By keeping streetwalking prostitutes illegal but legalizing brothels in specifically zoned areas, regulations of condom use and testing for...