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#1 Posted by pooty (11437 posts) - - Show Bio

Porn is legal. Should prostitution be legal also?

#2 Posted by TotalBalance (742 posts) - - Show Bio

Absolutely, legal prostitution is better for all parties involved (except maybe pimps). A proper law abiding business would have to treat the sex workers much better, the user could go to a business that he knows has clean sex workers and there wouldn't be the problem of so much money working its way into criminal hands. The workers would also be able to report abusive behavior much easier. As it is now if a sex worker is threatened/abused they can't report it to the police without also getting themselves charged with a crime, if you get rid of prostitution as a crime they can freely report abuse without fear of also ending up in prison.

#3 Posted by Marionettegeist (1912 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't really think of any reason why it shouldn't be, and the user above makes some good points. So I suppose so.

#4 Edited by JonSmith (4004 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd say yes, provided no harm is done and monthly check ups are required of the workers, paid for by the higher ups.

#5 Posted by Saint_Wildcard (11497 posts) - - Show Bio

Nope, I dont want that level of temptation out there. I would be broke in a month.

#6 Posted by BumpyBoo (10104 posts) - - Show Bio

Absolutely, legal prostitution is better for all parties involved (except maybe pimps). A proper law abiding business would have to treat the sex workers much better, the user could go to a business that he knows has clean sex workers and there wouldn't be the problem of so much money working its way into criminal hands. The workers would also be able to report abusive behavior much easier. As it is now if a sex worker is threatened/abused they can't report it to the police without also getting themselves charged with a crime, if you get rid of prostitution as a crime they can freely report abuse without fear of also ending up in prison.

Couldn't really say it any better than this :)

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#7 Posted by nerdork (4038 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes, but it would have to be a city or state run organization, as there would need to be some kind of Union involved to make sure that all employees are free of diseases, have equal employment opportunities and have the right to worker's compensation (be it disability, benefits, retirement, etc). And as stated by @totalbalance, the safety of the women, or men, employed woud be held to a governmental standard.

However, the only real issue would be, as with any kind of legally run organization, there will still be a black market for the business. Human trafficking will blend in much easier with a legalized prositution front. That being said, its going to go one with or without it being legalized.

#8 Posted by russellmania77 (15704 posts) - - Show Bio

No I rather get it for free B^[)

#9 Posted by SheenLantern (6823 posts) - - Show Bio

Nope, I dont want that level of temptation out there. I would be broke in a month.

That's like saying "If pot was legal I'd be wasted 24/7".

People who want it, get it. Whether it's legal or not.

#10 Posted by Yung ANcient One (4853 posts) - - Show Bio

Sadly, yes. Although I believe the world would completely change and I am not sure if it would be for the better. Meaning specifically the view on prostitution. At first it will still be looked as a negative but could it later down the line be looked as one looks at another who works at a fast food restaurant?

Becoming a job that isn't ideal but completely understandable.

What if the weekly/monthly check ups shows many of the "workers" gaining a STD and they get fired and now have nothing to a whole new level.

Would "customers" be asked to take a test before they have their purchase? Would it be scheduled as oh on Thursday the 13th of October Layla Love's will take care of you.

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#11 Edited by Nelomaxwell (10595 posts) - - Show Bio

Absolutely, legal prostitution is better for all parties involved (except maybe pimps). A proper law abiding business would have to treat the sex workers much better, the user could go to a business that he knows has clean sex workers and there wouldn't be the problem of so much money working its way into criminal hands. The workers would also be able to report abusive behavior much easier. As it is now if a sex worker is threatened/abused they can't report it to the police without also getting themselves charged with a crime, if you get rid of prostitution as a crime they can freely report abuse without fear of also ending up in prison.

This.

#12 Posted by Marionettegeist (1912 posts) - - Show Bio

Sadly, yes. Although I believe the world would completely change and I am not sure if it would be for the better. Meaning specifically the view on prostitution. At first it will still be looked as a negative but could it later down the line be looked as one looks at another who works at a fast food restaurant?

Becoming a job that isn't ideal but completely understandable.

What if the weekly/monthly check ups shows many of the "workers" gaining a STD and they get fired and now have nothing to a whole new level.

Would "customers" be asked to take a test before they have their purchase?

Yes. They should be.

Would it be scheduled as oh on Thursday the 13th of October Layla Love's will take care of you.

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#13 Posted by ntb101 (861 posts) - - Show Bio

i didn't prostitution get illegal. why did it get illegal

#14 Posted by Racob7 (5928 posts) - - Show Bio

Here is my opinion:

WARNING: GEORGE CARLIN IS A POTTY MOUTH

#15 Edited by JetiiMitra (8728 posts) - - Show Bio

Porn is just filmed prostitution. So sure. I don't like the moral implications, but eh. Porn exists and I don't like that fact either.

Also, I wonder what kind of contracts there would be.

You understand that we provide our workers as are and though we do our best to ensure safe, clean work and play, there is no guarantee that you will not contract an STI. You will not take legal action against us in the event that you do.

Males:

You understand that there is no guarantee that our women will not conceive, and that you are responsible for using any number of contraceptives that we provide. In the event that one or more of our workers does conceive and you are determined the father, you will be charged a fee for either abortive or maternity purposes, as is the worker(s)' desire.

Females:

You understand that there is no guarantee that you will not conceive during our services, and that you are responsible for using any number of contraceptives that we provide.. In the event that you do conceive, you waive your right to seek compensation either from us or from our worker(s).

#16 Posted by Bruxae (14004 posts) - - Show Bio

I wish it didnt have to happen but like previously stated it would be safer for everyone. Also if someone would rather do that then starve on the street they should be allowed to, its not like someone has a better job offer most of the time.

#17 Edited by Joygirl (20064 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes. I discussed this with my brother a while back.

Possible negative effects:

  • None

Possible positive effects:

  • Less crime
  • Less drugs
  • Less murder
  • More clean neighborhoods
  • Drop in STD's
#18 Posted by Fallschirmjager (18462 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes!

#19 Edited by GoldenOozaru22 (238 posts) - - Show Bio

Legalize it!

#20 Edited by Saint_Wildcard (11497 posts) - - Show Bio

@sheenlantern: Im not those people. I dont give a sh!t if they legalize it or not.

#21 Edited by WillPayton (9578 posts) - - Show Bio

Just like marijuana... legalize it and regulate it.

#22 Edited by Pokeysteve (8443 posts) - - Show Bio

If it's controlled than yeah why not. They'd have to increase the punishment for selling it on the street though.

#23 Posted by Binski (647 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah of course how else am I going to get laid

#24 Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse (6361 posts) - - Show Bio

*opens thread suspecting funny troll*

*looks at thread and answers*

*backs away slowly*

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#25 Posted by Immortal777 (7703 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't see why it's illegal it's one of the oldest jobs.

#26 Posted by WarBlade539 (4632 posts) - - Show Bio

Absolutely, legal prostitution is better for all parties involved (except maybe pimps). A proper law abiding business would have to treat the sex workers much better, the user could go to a business that he knows has clean sex workers and there wouldn't be the problem of so much money working its way into criminal hands. The workers would also be able to report abusive behavior much easier. As it is now if a sex worker is threatened/abused they can't report it to the police without also getting themselves charged with a crime, if you get rid of prostitution as a crime they can freely report abuse without fear of also ending up in prison.

It's legal and regulated in the Netherlands. It's one of the best destinations for Sex Tourism in the world.

#27 Posted by Wolverine08 (44066 posts) - - Show Bio

SEXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX!

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#28 Posted by HeckTate (1316 posts) - - Show Bio

Prostitution is legal in many civilized countries around the world. In most cases the health of everyone involved is greatly improved because they are able to regulate the process to ensure no one is diseased or mistreated. In countries like New Zealand all prostitution has to be done through licensed brothels, so it's not like you have hookers just walking the streets where people who disprove can see them (although seriously, you being offended means literally nothing, grow up and manage your own life, not other people's).

Here in America, prostitution is legal in Nevada, outside of Las Vegas city limits (and certain other areas still prohibit it) in a licensed brothel. Although in some counties where it is technically legal the authorities involved in licensing brothels refuse to allow any to actually be set up. There are rarely disputes among brothel owners/employees, and certainly not to the same degree as disputes between pimps/prostitutes throughout the rest of the country.

Furthermore, almost anywhere else in America there is a very easy, absolutely ridiculous loophole which allows for prostitution: pornography. You can hire an "actress/actor" or "model" to appear in a sexually explicit film, so long as the payment is not for the sexual acts, but simply for her/his willingness to appear on film. Certain areas may require you to be a licensed business, but in others you can claim it's simply for educational or reference material, not for distribution/profit.

In short: YES, prostitution should absolutely be legal in America. The system we have in place puts prostitutes in jail after allowing them to be thoroughly abused (physically, sexually, and fiscally) by both pimps and their customers. It also uses our government's resources to process and incarcerate prostitutes, while allowing all revenue they generate to be kept by the pimps/criminals they work for.

#29 Posted by dccomicsrule2011 (25669 posts) - - Show Bio

Absolutely, legal prostitution is better for all parties involved (except maybe pimps). A proper law abiding business would have to treat the sex workers much better, the user could go to a business that he knows has clean sex workers and there wouldn't be the problem of so much money working its way into criminal hands. The workers would also be able to report abusive behavior much easier. As it is now if a sex worker is threatened/abused they can't report it to the police without also getting themselves charged with a crime, if you get rid of prostitution as a crime they can freely report abuse without fear of also ending up in prison.

#30 Posted by mrdecepticonleader (18454 posts) - - Show Bio

Absolutely, legal prostitution is better for all parties involved (except maybe pimps). A proper law abiding business would have to treat the sex workers much better, the user could go to a business that he knows has clean sex workers and there wouldn't be the problem of so much money working its way into criminal hands. The workers would also be able to report abusive behavior much easier. As it is now if a sex worker is threatened/abused they can't report it to the police without also getting themselves charged with a crime, if you get rid of prostitution as a crime they can freely report abuse without fear of also ending up in prison.

This. I don't think I can put it in a better way.

#31 Edited by Squares (7696 posts) - - Show Bio

It should be decriminalized.

#32 Posted by pooty (11437 posts) - - Show Bio

@saint_rog_el said:

Nope, I dont want that level of temptation out there. I would be broke in a month.

That's like saying "If pot was legal I'd be wasted 24/7".

People who want it, get it. Whether it's legal or not.

Gotta disagree. Fear of jail or court cost or loss of job keeps me from doing drugs. Also, if prostitution or drugs was legal it would make it more appealing to people who fear the legal consequences.

#33 Edited by TotalBalance (742 posts) - - Show Bio

@pooty said:

@sheenlantern said:

@saint_rog_el said:

Nope, I dont want that level of temptation out there. I would be broke in a month.

That's like saying "If pot was legal I'd be wasted 24/7".

People who want it, get it. Whether it's legal or not.

Gotta disagree. Fear of jail or court cost or loss of job keeps me from doing drugs. Also, if prostitution or drugs was legal it would make it more appealing to people who fear the legal consequences.

So if we legalize drugs, you still have the fear of showing up to work baked and then getting fired. And if we legalize prostitution, sure it might take away people's fear of legal consequences but your significant other might be rather unhappy with you if they ever find out. Just because taking away the illegal aspect of certain activities takes the fear of the law out of people who partake in them doesn't mean it takes away the other numerous reasons not to partake in drugs (ie: getting fired over showing up baked, et cetera) or engage in prostitution (ie: having your significant other leave you, et cetera). I don't agree with the argument that when you take away the law prohibiting morally grey behavior that people will all of a sudden become immoral drug abusing, prostitute hiring beasts.

#34 Posted by pooty (11437 posts) - - Show Bio

@totalbalance: I don't agree with the argument that when you take away the law prohibiting morally grey behavior that people will all of a sudden become immoral drug abusing, prostitute hiring beasts.

My argument is NOT that if you take away the law that people will become IMMORAL DRUG ABUSING, PROSTITUTE HIRING BEAST.

My argument is: "taking away the law allows some people to use drugs in a recreational way and hire prostitutes if their situation allows them to."

Your statement is an extreme view that I didn't make or imply

#35 Posted by The Stegman (25165 posts) - - Show Bio

Yes

#36 Posted by TotalBalance (742 posts) - - Show Bio

@pooty said:

@totalbalance: I don't agree with the argument that when you take away the law prohibiting morally grey behavior that people will all of a sudden become immoral drug abusing, prostitute hiring beasts.

My argument is NOT that if you take away the law that people will become IMMORAL DRUG ABUSING, PROSTITUTE HIRING BEAST.

My argument is: "taking away the law allows some people to use drugs in a recreational way and hire prostitutes if their situation allows them to."

Your statement is an extreme view that I didn't make or imply

In that case if people want to and their "situation allows them" to use drugs or hire a prostitute and they choose it knowing the possible consequences, where is the problem?

#37 Posted by pooty (11437 posts) - - Show Bio

@totalbalance: If it's legal there is no problem. but since it's illegal, the possible consequences makes it a risk i'm not willing to take

#38 Posted by TotalBalance (742 posts) - - Show Bio

@pooty said:

@totalbalance: If it's legal there is no problem. but since it's illegal, the possible consequences makes it a risk i'm not willing to take

So you agree it should be legal?

#39 Edited by Samimista (20846 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo said:
@totalbalance said:

Absolutely, legal prostitution is better for all parties involved (except maybe pimps). A proper law abiding business would have to treat the sex workers much better, the user could go to a business that he knows has clean sex workers and there wouldn't be the problem of so much money working its way into criminal hands. The workers would also be able to report abusive behavior much easier. As it is now if a sex worker is threatened/abused they can't report it to the police without also getting themselves charged with a crime, if you get rid of prostitution as a crime they can freely report abuse without fear of also ending up in prison.

Couldn't really say it any better than this :)

This! =D

#40 Posted by pooty (11437 posts) - - Show Bio

@pooty said:

@totalbalance: If it's legal there is no problem. but since it's illegal, the possible consequences makes it a risk i'm not willing to take

So you agree it should be legal?

Drugs and prostitution should be legal IMO. What do you think?

#41 Edited by TotalBalance (742 posts) - - Show Bio

@pooty: See my first post in this thread for the answer to that:

"Absolutely, legal prostitution is better for all parties involved (except maybe pimps). A proper law abiding business would have to treat the sex workers much better, the user could go to a business that he knows has clean sex workers and there wouldn't be the problem of so much money working its way into criminal hands. The workers would also be able to report abusive behavior much easier. As it is now if a sex worker is threatened/abused they can't report it to the police without also getting themselves charged with a crime, if you get rid of prostitution as a crime they can freely report abuse without fear of also ending up in prison."

#42 Edited by pooty (11437 posts) - - Show Bio
#43 Posted by WillPayton (9578 posts) - - Show Bio

If it's controlled than yeah why not. They'd have to increase the punishment for selling it on the street though.

Why?

#44 Posted by TotalBalance (742 posts) - - Show Bio
#45 Edited by Pokeysteve (8443 posts) - - Show Bio

@pokeysteve said:

If it's controlled than yeah why not. They'd have to increase the punishment for selling it on the street though.

Why?

Why not? Who is going to pay the higher prices for a controlled atmosphere when it's out there for cheap.

#46 Posted by WillPayton (9578 posts) - - Show Bio

@willpayton said:

@pokeysteve said:

If it's controlled than yeah why not. They'd have to increase the punishment for selling it on the street though.

Why?

Why not? Who is going to pay the higher prices for a controlled atmosphere when it's out there for cheap.

I guess I'm confused as to what you mean by "selling it on the street" and "controlled atmosphere".

I see people selling stuff on the street all the time. I see ads for things on the street all the time. All those things are controlled.

#47 Posted by HeckTate (1316 posts) - - Show Bio

@willpayton: They mean whether you're allowed to solicit sex (ie, hookers on the streets asking passerbys if they want to have a good time) vs in a brothel where you have to approach them.

#48 Posted by TotalBalance (742 posts) - - Show Bio

@willpayton said:

@pokeysteve said:

If it's controlled than yeah why not. They'd have to increase the punishment for selling it on the street though.

Why?

Why not? Who is going to pay the higher prices for a controlled atmosphere when it's out there for cheap.

I think, at least when it comes to prostitution, people would probably pay a little more for a controlled environment where they know they aren't going to get an STD. A properly regulated business would have to ensure its workers are clean, you don't get that guarantee with a street walker. I have never thought of hiring a prostitute, but I tell you, If I was going to I would pay a heck of a lot more money if they could guarantee me I am not going to get a terrible life altering STD.

I do agree though that they should try to minimize street walking, Public property like roads, parks and sidewalks are supposed to be a safe domain for everyone including children and shouldn't be used (at least to a reasonable degree) for private business, in terms of prostitution or whatever form that private business is.

#49 Posted by WillPayton (9578 posts) - - Show Bio

@hecktate said:

@willpayton: They mean whether you're allowed to solicit sex (ie, hookers on the streets asking passerbys if they want to have a good time) vs in a brothel where you have to approach them.

If it was legal then I doubt many would be walking the street. The reason that happens is because it's illegal. It's why smuggling liquor only happened when liquor was illegal.

#50 Posted by HeckTate (1316 posts) - - Show Bio

@willpayton: No. If you can get a license to be a prostitute and solicit however you want, people would absolutely go door to door, and that's a HUGE difference from a brothel. If you can solicit as a prostitute it essentially means you can market yourself however you want, whereas if you're in a brothel obviously there are rules and restrictions.