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Should prostitution be illegal?

I feel that our society's disdain of prostitution is derived from irrational religious morality so I'm curious to learn what you heavens think about this topic.

Here's what I think-
The exchange of sexual services for money between consenting adults is not immoral and should not be illegal. Porn actors are paid to have sex and that is legal but if a sex worker is paid to have sex he/she has committed a crime. How does that make sense?

Legal prostitution is safer/healthier because it can be regulated and is not pushed into back alleys and seedy places. Currently, prostitutes work under the thumb of often brutal and manipulative pimps who take advantage of them. They can not go to the police for help so they must rely on a pimp for protection. If it were legal, they would work in regulated brothels and would be protected by the law rather than persecuted by it. They would also be tested regularly for std's which would help control the spread of disease.

Regardless of how you feel about prostitution personally, the freedom of others to make their own life decisions should not be infringed upon if those choices do not cause harm to others.

Prostitution is as old as civilization itself. People always have and always will exchange things for sexually services and attempting to end it is folly. The prohibition of it causes much more harm than prostitution itself.

Prostitution prohibition is a result of a paranoid society sexually repressed by irrational religious beliefs. I see no detriment to allowing prostitution to operate freely and in fact I think it can be beneficial for people to have the choice of gaining sexual release without a need for commitment to a relationship. There have been lots of societies throughout history that allowed and even encouraged it without issue.

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RoboGraham 7 Dec 30

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Hell yes! safer for everyone AND sex work is WORK!

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@Ellatynemouth So has normal work....so the concept is that we need to fix the concept of "work" so that no one is exploited or forced to work. But working for sex at a fundamental level is not an issues. Grind that ax elsewhere.

@MissaDixon

You have no right to silence me.

@Ellatynemouth we need to move 5 Billion (that's billion) people NOW because of global warming...So...it's low on my priority list right now. And I'm confused ( said with zero distrspect and in complete honestly) why there is anything more important than that. Sure We must make sure that sex workers are treated as the same as every other type of worker which is MUCH better than they are now. But saving lives is more important right now. #Priorities.

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Prostitution is not illegal in Canada. There are some actions surrounding prostitution that are illegal but not prostitution itself.

@SACatWalker it’s not illegal to offer it but it’s illegal to purchase it !! lol

Yeah, it's just as ridiculous.

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Legalize it and for many of the reasons you stated above. I tihnk it would also reduce the instances of young girls forced into prostitution if it is regulated, men will prefer to use legal services than risk getting arrested or diseases from illegal prostitutes.

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Not to mention that women are condemned for being prositutes but the men who use them, not so much.

True. Some respondents to this post have proposed the idea of making it legal to prostitute one's body but keep it illegal to purchase a prostitute. The idea being that it will shift the condemnation from the prostitute (usual a woman) to the john (usually a man). I think it's wrong to ban it for either participant and if we legalize it completely, the social status of prostitutes, and johns as well, will probably rise.

@RoboGraham I agree, I think legalizing it is the way to go. It is after all just sex and just a transaction...no big deal. Legalizing it will hopefully remove the dangers and abuse that it mostly operates under presently.

Excellent point, the double standards live on unfortunately.

I used to believe in legalisation. But all that does is reinforce the cultural idea that women's bodies are a commodity, which is degrading.

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I now live in Australia where prostitution is legal, and I believe should stay that way. Legalizing it solves a lot of problems, let's face it, it exiists, legal or otherwise, and that isn't going to change. It becomes safer for everyone when it is legal.

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It should be legal but regulated. I spent a few years in places where it was legal and used the services on occasions.
Safe practices should be priority and the law.

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It’s the definition of insanity, keeping doing the same thing and expecting different results. As long as there’s sexuality there will be prostitution, in one manner or another.

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If it will end the exploitation of women that exists within prostitution now, I'm in. Err, I mean, it should be legalized.

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I'm interested to hear if there is any man here who truly believes they've never paid for sex? I KNOW I have and I've never been with a 'prostitute'.

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As long as it's not a human trafficking situation . not my cup of tea .. but if it gets you through the day and you are ok with it ..

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There is a reason why it's the oldest profession on earth. Its been around as long as homosapians and that'll never change..

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Legalized prostitution would be a huge boon for low-income people. It would offer better protection from sources like the police, and largely take out the abusive pimps from the picture. I'm all for it!

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Prostitution is as old as civilization, but that doesn't make it moral. Slavery, child labor, forced marriage, etc. are also as old as civilization, and they are not moral, either. Prostitution is a feature of patriarchy, and is bolstered by the belief that sex is a commodity, and that men are entitled to sex. The problem with prostitution, from my point of view, is the power imbalance. In countries where prostitution is legal and promoted, such as Germany and the Netherlands, human trafficking has increased and the criminal element has dug in hard. Most of the prostituted women in both these countries are poor women of color, from other countries, who have been brought in to satisfy what is becoming the demands of an ugly industry. In a recent study, researchers in Germany were unable to find a single German woman selling herself in the brothels they visited. Even in the Netherlands, authorities are rethinking the situation. (See link.)[independent.co.uk]

Good point, legal prostitution is far from perfect. But do you think it's better as is, in it's illegal form?

Also, I think that putting consenting adults in jail for engaging in prostitution is much more immoral than prostitution itself.

You can go to backpage.com and find thousands of women offering themselves up as sex workers. And there are many other site that do the same. Craigslist has recently stopped offering personal ads in compliance with a new law to curb sex trafficking.

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The prostitute is an archetype we all have. We prostitute ourselves for money, for self-gain, for power. In the sense of a female prostitute she is doing the same thing.

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Legalise & regulate. Look toward those countries that have done this.

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I don't think there's any sensible and effective way to criminalize prostitution.

I won't call it a victimless crime right now, although the basic transaction of sex for money is not the problem. It's all the other crap that's associated with it. Legalized prostitution would have less harm associated with it -- less likelihood of the prostitutes being trafficked or enslaved; less likelihood that STD's would be spread; less likelihood of violence being done against either the trick or the john; less stigma and shame and thus less likelihood of self-medication and addiction as a coping mechanism.

Let's not fool ourselves that legalized, regulated prostitution would eliminate these problems (and probably others I haven't thought of off the top of my head). But less of them is better than what's going on now, and when confronting public policy questions, it's often better to not allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good.

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It is a victimless crime - all prostitution is, is an exchange of money and services just like any other manual labor job - anything that is "immoral" surrounding prostitution is a byproduct of its illegality and lack of regulation: drugs, abuse, people becoming trapped, etc. Legalize it, regulate it, and set up systems to help people who are in it to find other jobs if they so desire. Just like drug use - if we legalize it, regulate it, and set up systems to help people addicted we are all going to be much better off.

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It’s ludricous to arrest 2 consenting adults for something that’s been going on for thousands of years and is never going to go away no matter what you do to try to stop it.

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As per me - While I would never use such a service myself, I see no reason for it to be illegal. As long as the people engaging into such an occupation are not driven to it by force, coercion, deception or other means that infringe their own right of consent.

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One of my big problems with organized religions is their unmitigated gall in telling others how to live! Legalize it so the pimps are OUT & women can choose this career path if they wish!

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Of course it should be legal, and regulated. Here in Australia, the laws vary between the states. Brothels are legal only in some states, where prostitution is regulated. In other states. independent sex work is legal, but brothels aren't.

It seems like you Ozzies have really got it together. Gun control, legal prostitution, riding kangaroos everywhere to cut down on carbon emissions. Have you guys legalized cannabis yet? I think we did beat you to the punch on homosexual marriage though.

@RoboGraham Medicinal cannabis only, so far, and not in every state. Gay marriage, though, is nationwide now. Do you have it in all states? Kangaroos give an incredibly bumpy ride, although the pouch is handy for the shopping (providing Joey's left home).

@Coffeo Our Supreme court ruled in favor of marriage equality a few years ago so it applies to all states. Although many states would rather not have it. The red ones particularly. Are there many holy rollers in Australia? Do you guys have a bible belt?

@RoboGraham There is one of those Hillsong churches a few kilometres away, and I think they are a bit pushy. But I've never encountered them around here. There is no bible belt, thank god (or whoever) 🙂

@Coffeo Wonderful. Although Ken Ham is one of yours. I thought it was pretty funny how he blamed the atheist when his arc museum failed. That guy is delusional.

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Legalize, regulate and fornicate. As long as everyone is of an age to consent, and the money is going to the service provider, I trust women with contol over their bodies and making the decisions that are in their own best interests.

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If it’s not your body, it’s not your choice. Period.

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As long as people practice safe consensual sex who are we to say what type of sex should or shouldn't be done. If you want to pay and someone wants to charge why should I care?

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And so I will go boldly and just speak from my heart here. I don't like the idea that if a single mom needs a job, suddenly sucking dick is an acceptable option to pay the bills. Prostitution is old, and so is abusing women. I wonder myself how it affects women who work as prostitutes mentally. I really don't know, is it actually good for them? Sex is a sensitive thing and what she likes matters too. Notice most of us think of female prostitutes when we think of prostitutes, unless you think of men prostituting themselves for other men. This isn't because women don't have sex drives or enjoy sex. Women have been given neurosis for a long time that entraps them in regards to sex, you are a slut or you are frigid. The sex entertainment industry caters to men generally speaking and aims it more as a sport than an interaction between two human beings with mutual wants and needs. Personally, I feel like being that close with someone requires trust and the persons involved caring for each other. Now, do I think that throwing prostitutes in jail is solving anything? No. I think society in general being more compassionate and understanding towards the needs of both men and women is needed.

What's wrong with sucking dick? Why shouldn't it be an acceptable option? People shouldn't feel shame over sexual acts, it's totally natural. Your prudish attitude here is exactly what I'm getting at when I say that religion has created a sexually repressed society.

@RoboGraham Unless you did read and comprehend what I wrote and just chose to deny it. I think the word is gaslighting.

@thinkwithme I guess I don't get it.

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