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"It should not be a crime to accept money for something that I can freely give away. That's just capitalism. Pimping and trafficking are the crimes that need police attention. People who consider themselves intelligent should be able to make that distinction. What two consenting adults choose to do, to exchange money or goods for services, should not be of concern to anyone else.I'm lucky, and smart. I've run my own business, marketed myself, been my own boss, made my own rules. I chose my clients carefully. I've never been hurt, or robbed, or contracted an STD on the job. I've always felt that my boundaries were respected. And that's true for most of the working women I know. We are careful with our livelihood.Without escorting, my family would have been evicted years ago. Should I have let that happen?All these wives who are high on their horse about being wronged should realize that their husbands can get sex anywhere. They should be thankful that there is a professional option to a messy, romantic affair.And what about the physically challenged, the socially awkward, and the just too-darn-busy-to-date single men? Don't they deserve the chance to have awesome sex?"
"Yeah, that is true. As far as professional options, look at the series Cathouse, and seeing couples there. I had a friend who went to a brothel recently, and he told me he saw women looking to be with the girls, and alot of couples to see girls there, as well as one brothel to have men servicing women. He told me that it was not like the stereotypes that the moralists and antis have. They have the right to their opinion, absolutely, but not the right to force it onto people, which is what those people do with the government. I say, legalize it, and show people what it really is. Some have a good experience, others don't."
"i agree. people that think it is wrong just need to stay out of it cause its not their body, its not their life and its not their income. if its not affecting you personally then you shouldnt be complaining."
"Hun. I def. agree!If abortion is legal, so should prostitution. It's a woman's choice what to do with her body!!"
"Great post and points. And as for morals, absolutely agree - it is morals that say this is or is not ok. That said however, if our morals say different things, why does one get arrested and the other one not? My morals do not see a problem with this."
"If you make anything legal that is prone to profit, structured business system such as pimping will be quick to follow suit. While it may have been convenient and profitable for you to run your own business, others who may lack the resources and intelligence to manage themselves may find it much easier to have someone else do all the "Paperwork." With prostitution legalized, younger women who are struggling to get by could see the easy opportunity to sell their bodies with a managing pimp to make money and quickly get back on track with life. The amount of struggling young women who want to turn to prostitution will grow once legalized, which will in turn, increase human trafficking dramatically. While legalizing prostitution may support your form of capitalism, it will also proportionately help that which you are against, pimping and trafficking. Is it worth the convenience of a select few very lucky, smart individual marketers making money to dramatically increase the amount of trafficked young girls?"
"I don't think you can ignore the fact that many women around the world who are in sex work also want to get out, they don't want to be supported to stay in. Resources should also be spent on getting women out. If you want to support women in sex work you should also support those who want to get out. In many countries legalization in my mind is a big NO e.g. Thailand, Cambodia, it would be impossible to enforce our police (Thai) are so corrupt, they own brothels and trafficking women. I would think there are more women wanting to get out than to stay in. I want people who buy sex to go to women and not to children and under aged girls. I think my main point is that sex work is not the same for everyone. The sex worker who wants to be there and the sex worker who is forced, I know are two very different situations, but their stories are RELATED.Policy to legalize or decriminalize affect both groups in very complex ways."
"Insurance business must be the reason why it's kept illegal (besides "hard-to-understand diseases" balance population). Allowing you to do so means rising your chances to accidentally get an STD and the rest of us having to cover the bill. Which wouldn't happen if drug industry wasn't a steal, or any vice could void medical insurance."
"I completely agree except about the part with the cheating husbands. I don't think husbands should cheat at all, whether it be free or not. They should just get sex from their wives. But I'm sure that's not your main point and you're not vouching for that."
"...so besides helping your family that seems to be under the bridge by now you seem to do out of pure enjoyment and the only reason is for "awesome sex" really come on you did what you had to do for your family I understand but really justifying it by there are "professional options" to marriage problems or plain old one night stands. I'm not trying to judge you, what you do is your business but really surpporting to legalizing prostitution so looking for facts for my essay most people seem to want prostitution legalized for what I wander. Push all that government, laws and poltics bullshit out of the way I see that the real reason is for sex...sex really it seems pretty stupid to go through all that poltical bullshit to legalizing say it will help...help who you mean it will help YOU. Sure it could provide jobs for people hell who knows it be a career so down the road "if" for some reason this gets legalized I guess since this would be job for everyone kids seeing this might say they want to be prostitutes who knows huh..."
"Hi,No, I'm not a housewife or rich. I'm just your average single mother who knows that your full of crap. Though would you be so kind as to close your eyes and picture yourself in bed, undressed and rearing to go. Here is this guy you never met with cash in his pocket. Now, replace that image of yourself with your daughter. Do you think she is smart enough or how did you call it, lucky? Listen, I'm not some religious weirdo, but I know that this transaction is not just about service and money rendered. You need to stop lying to yourself, denial. This is about you treating your body, your self as an object. Now, I've never met you, but I don't gain anything from lying to you either. Please, remember, above all else, you are human just like the rest of us, men and women and we all make mistakes. Just look in the mirror, your beautiful."
"PROFESSIONAL OPTION?!?!? You've got to be kidding. Yeah you must be so professional at what you do. You studied the sexual arts at Harvard, right? It was your lifelong ambition that you and other women have worked hard for. Oh please...there is NOTHING professional about your lifestyle.And if a married man wants to have sex, yes...I'm sure it's best for him to find a prostitute. That would totally help their wives to feel safer, knowing that if their husbands cheat on them it will just be with a prostitute, and that's not messy at all. It's only messy if they cheat with a real woman. Sorry if you haven't picked up on my sarcasm, I know it's hard to pick up on over text sometimes.Scarlett, you need help. God bless you."
"But still it's also morals that go behind whether your going to have sex with every single man you meet or stay with one person for the rest of your life"
"Prostitution should be made legal. There is no reason why it shouldn't, as long as it is limited by fair conditions and terms; a woman's body is HER body and no one else's, therefore she should be able to do with it what she pleases. If prostitution were decriminalized it would be fair to require that all prostitutes have frequent medical check-ups by sufficient doctors to prevent the spread of STIs. People forcing women and children into the trade could be decreased dramatically because the prostitutes that voluntarily worked could report it to authorities without having to worry about revealing themselves."
"You make a really good point wiht the reporting of human traffic... Many people would probably be against the check ups, 'cus their taxes shouldn't go to prostitutes."
"and many other benefits. That Gvt. woman on the news who was faced by the prostitutes, said "sick prostitutes would still hide to engage into contagious business" wtf? Who the hell would hide if prostitution were legal? also you're right, all the legal prostitutes would report it, AND she'd go to work of something else because prostitution wouldn't be expensive and not a lazy deal anymore. It'd be easier go out to find a different job."
"I dont think I should be prosecuted if I choose to sell something that is mine, I can rent any thing I own including my womb, yet if I allow someone to pay me to fulfill there fantasy I should go to jail? If I give it to you and expect gifts in return I am socially acceptable even NORMAL....Prostitution comes in many forms sugar daddys, realtionships, and sugar mamma's. How can the government tell me something that is naturally mine and is not physically harming someone else is there to dictate? Thank you for taking away my civil liberties!"
"This is the best answer I have heard yet. They are doing just that, and it's unfortunate. I totally agree with you on this one."
"I do not exchange sex for anything. Any act I partake in, I get intrinsic pleasure from. The idea of having so called "exchanges" is perverse in itself to me. I don't want the idea of these so called "exchanges" being normalized. When guys start to feel "entitled" because they've given you gifts, there's a danger there. They're not concerned for you because they feel you "owe" them something. This view of sex affects our culture in a negative way. I don't think you should be prosecuted but I think that the concept is unhealthy. It devalues female sexual pleasure, encourages guys to have sex in situations where pleasure is not mutual. Heck I've seen stats that say 82% of women in prostitution get physically assaulted. Why should a woman "give" sex to a man? Whatever happens it should be equally pleasurable to both partners. I think it's a healthy attitude and more women should take it. I don't think you're immoral, I think you're either desperate or sick. I wish you the best of luck. I hope you don't get hurt. If you're doing this only for the money, I hope that some other option can be made available to you. It shouldn't be your only option. If it is, we as a society need to do something to fix that."
"" it would also increase murder and can be very dangerous. the question is why would u sell yourself to someone u dont know?""
"Yes, Prostitution should be legal. If it is legal then the health of both the prostitute and the customer could be protected. It would be a way out of poverty for many. It would be a taxable profession that would help balance the fed. budget."
"It would increase rape and homicide?! Wrong! Legalizing prostitution would put prostitutes OFF the streets (where they are most vulnerable) and into brothels."
"You don't think women are vulnerable in brothels?? What about the link between sex trafficking and prostitution..."
"It doesn't make sense for government to interfere in the private lives of 2 adults who have agreement for sex. Its their life, their freedom."
"As far as the sex goes, in the case of the prostitute and the client, it is just a business venture. As far as exploitation, look at the illegals working for almost no money, and people don't have a problem with that, but with this, it is an uproar over what two consenting adults do. If a woman or man want to do it, and they are adults, why not? They chose to do it.If you want to stop exploitation, cut it at the source, legalize it, and let people make their own decisions, otherwise we aren't in a free society where people can do as they please, right?Hey, nobody forces people to go to them, and nobody forces people into the business, at least the legal parts. People should grow up and realize that we make our own choices regardless. It's time that people live and let live, instead of sticking their noses were they don't belong. Bottom lines, your genitals are your choice and your choice alone. End of story. Thumbs down only emphasize your hypocritical thinking, and prove that I am telling the truth. You can disagree, but deep down you know that I am telling the truthm any which way it is sliced."
"There's a good reason why trafficking tends to be associated with the sex industry and not others. How about taking all that money those rich ugly Johns use to pay for prostitutes and giving scholarships to the underprivileged that usually wind up being prostitutes. Free the poor to do as they please! They don't have as many choices because they're poor. For all your talk of freedom, you're really sick. Imagine you lying there with some poor woman trying to pretend she enjoys it so she can make a living! Learn yoga so you can lick your own balls and give your money to the poor. Let one come to you when she can take care of herself, when she desires mutually on the same level as you sex, for the simple sake and joy of sex. That's the alternative. Sex should be enjoyed for it's intrinsic pleasure by both partners each and every time. So called "exchanges" are damaging to the way society views sex. I hate having to feel nervous when I go on dates that I need to make sure I get my card out to pay for things first otherwise the guy is going to feel entitled to have sex with me and get all pushy with me. Two consenting adults, my a**! I know as soon as money gets involved, men get pushy."
"Women have a right to sell sex in a safe & secure environment.Women's safety is more important than moral judgments or flawed political ideology."
"It should be legal. So why cant someone get laid? too many lives are ruined with this being illegal there are no jobs your president wants to stop ss so their will be 60+ 75 year old hookers getting popped cause they can not afford their medicine. America is a hypocritic socialist country that I am ashamed to be apart of. We are still run by bible hugging puritans. About 90% of congress use escorts but you can't. Rents, college, food are at a all time high we woman who escort barely pay our bills + struggle harder than anyone dealing with this illegal crap. Every other country except ones run by communists + Muslims have it legalized. America Grow Up !!! It was legal once in the West + that was when out country actually was going somewhere !!! Look at us now !"
"I totally agree with you, Peter. Maybe it would stopinnocent girls and young women being forced intoengaging in hideous sex acts.."
"A lot of the same, Christian, self-righteous white women who denounce an independent woman's right to exchange one unit of value for another (i.e. sex for money), have no problem with hiring illegal immigrants at $5 per hour or less to work long, grueling hours cleaning their homes and watching their bratty kids. So save your speeches about morality and exploitation.The dirty little secret about trafficked women is that they are brought in to service small, closed immigrant communities. It is too risky for traffickers to expose those women to the general sex market and are therefore kept hidden away. Street walkers are HIV-infected drug addicts that most johns wouldn't touch with a ten foot pool. They totally exposed and easy targets for police. They get arrested all the time and are bad news.The vast majority of prostitutes working in Western countries are not street walkers or trafficked women, yet to believe the media propaganda machine would have you think otherwise.Here's another source of information open-minded people should look at:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7257623.stm"
"Prostitution should be legal, so that safety of both client and prostitute may be better insured, including by legal authorities."
"Have you ever noticed that the ones who are so against it are the ones who support it privatyely, or people who are not as beautiful who are miserable and want to ruin life for everyone else, because they are unhappy? I've noticed alot of women who are against it being legal are the ones you say to yourself they couldn't pay me to hang out with them. Also, we all know women who are happy, and beautiful never feel it should be outlawed, so alot of the anti is often a bias, because they are insecure with themselves, nothing more or less. If more women were secure with themselves, instead of bitter angry ones, maybe they wouldn't care one way or the other. Also, it seems that the ones who are so against it publicly support it privately, especially since they only want to have it for themselves, instead of giving access to everyone? Sad, isn't it. I say, legalize it for those who want it. It seems the antis like imposing their point of view on the pros, for whatever reason. All I can say is that we will be hearing of them going to brothels or streetwalkers sometime in our or their lifetime. To the women who work in the industry, I salute you. Bottom line, people have the right to make choiuce, but also suffer the consequences of it.:P"
"It is obvious to me why it should be legalized. I am a male yes... but don't you think there are some "still in the closet" males that would like to express theirselves to other males? I have been doing this for 20 years now and i don't have any STDs, I have never been robbed, and I have never did anything i did not want to do."
"It would also (no research to back this up though) allow those individuals who are questioning their sexuality to visit a brothel prior to marriage so that they can have that interaction to KNOW w/out a doubt if they are straight/bi/gay versus getting married, knocking his wife up several times, only to be overcome by the need/want to explore his sexuality in his later years, destroying the marriage. I've never been married, but it would have been nice to SAFELY be able to have those interactions in my younger years instead of torturing myself."
"I am a devoted Christian and I think that prostitution should be legalized. I personally would not allow it and I would kill my husband if I caught him there. However if a person feels that that is the profession for them. If they are good at it, and physically in good health with documentations that prove Disease free for a local health department then there is and should be no one to say otherwise. We live in a free Country many wonderful People have died for a person's right to be free and choose their employment. GO HOOKERS!!!"
"Thank you! Well said. You can be a Christian and support the individual lives of people, prostitutes included. We need more rational people like you on the pro side!"
"i am a pro because it is that womens body and she has a right to do with it what she pleases. if abortion is legal prostitution should be too. its two adults both consenting to do a service for a payment. there is nothing wrong with that. its like paying someone to mow your yard. they perform the service and you pay them. just like prostitution."
"AS it should be. I've said it numerous times. Who owns your body, right? When you're an adult, you do. It couldn't have been phrased better."
"I'm pro-life... but that is an excellent point. If abortion is legal, prostituion should be too. Well-said."
"What is most important to me as a Libertarian is the maximization of personal liberty. The purpose of the law should be to protect us from force and fraud, nothing more. So unless it can be shown that prostitution between consenting adults is violent or deceptive to the parties involved, then there is no rational justification for it to be illegal.But it is basic economics that when the supply of a highly coveted commodity is low or illegal, the price will be so high that the profit motive will be enough to compel the worst criminal behavior imaginable. And so it is because of the prohibition of prostitution that women and children are sexually exploited in the black market."
"Legalizing something that has been there for years makes more sense than trying to close your eyes on it. Prostitution in any form will always persist as long as it is legal to have sex. Rational people are capable of seeing this. US laws are quite irrational in this and victimize prostitutes even more by calling them criminals when they don't victimize anyone else besides themselves."
"That is the best response I have heard in a long time. Also a very rational, and logical one. The only reason that it is kept illegal, is because of anti sex feminists, and the antis who probably go to them more than us, but don't want to admit it. I salute you, Jodie. I have never heard such a good comment on here on it, outside of my own. Zounds, I really am psyched about your statement. You hit the nail right on the head. I totally agree, and salute you for this statement. To the anits, especially the women who are against it, you shoud listen to Jodie. As far as keeping it illegal, mostly, they are from people who are miserable, or brainwashed by the right wing sob stories on the MSNBC specials, and people who are great actresses. I never bought the sob stories, but I agree with you on the victimizing themselves. Rock on."
"As far as reading the cons, people seem to be pointing out the cons of it, but offer no real solutions. Sure, condoms break, but they are the only source of protection during sex. I mean, at least with the brothels, it is better than the alternative, which is going to the street, and have sex, and either get a girl pregnant, or get a disease. If people had two cents worth of brains, and want to solve it, they would come up with a solution, or try to get it legalized, instead of pushing for prohibition, and see the things that are happening, and are actually more destructive, and not helping people. I mean, the people who are against it, where is your info from? The MSBNC shows? Those are edited in order to make people scared of sex. If you people want to change things, get out of the Salem trial mentality, and try to change things. Hey, you can disagre, but at least it gets to be said. The bottom line is prostitution is going to exist, at least with legal brothels, we can get the girls off the street, make it a choice. Bottom line, it is their choice. People want to have sex, and at least this way, if it were legal, they would have the opportunity to do so. End of story."
"Laws against prostitution are founded on biblical condemnation which violates the first amendment ban on government support of religion. In the USA, the government's role is not the moral regulation of individual's behavior. The act by adults of selling or buying sexual services is a private business transaction. The legal ban is not effective at stopping the transactions, and it has severe negative consequences for the service providers by denying to them protection by law enforcement from beatings, forced performance, robbery, and far too often murder. The current situation is that these women are helpless prey to the pimps and nut-cases seeking women to beat up and kill. The business should be legal and subject to regulation in order that the service providers can obtain health services and protection from exploitation."
"haveing sex for mony just makes you a whore.keep it safe."
"Anyone who is dating is practically a prostitute any ways. Females and males wait to feel appreciated in some way before they give in to the base needs of sexual pleasure. Whether you are paying with time in a courtship or just paying with your money on the street, sex is never free."
"True, but in relationships the love and the wanting to please your partner goes hand in hand with what we call "consent." The fact is, while prostitution is illegal it is much too easy to traffick humans.Comparing loving, sexual relationship to a person making a profession out of sex is like comparing apples and oranges. But you've got something there...."
"if a prostitute wants to play bump bump with every guy she sees its her choice"
"Well, by making it illegal, they are saying that your body isn't your choice, and it feels like we are regressing rather than progressing. Most women who hate it don't want to do it, and want to impose their point of view on others, which is wrong. I mean, adults choose to be in that field, as it should be, and if you truly have free will, you can make your own decisions, as most people should If you own your own penis or vagina and want to sell it, why not, right? Who owns it? YOU!As far as those who are against it go, you people are unable to understand that people have individual rights, and should be allowed to do so. Look around you, it is alreadt existing, don't you want people to have their own free will? If not, prohibition doesn't work, what do you suggest people do? People want to have sex, and you are denying them the right to do so. Live and let live.Feel however you wish, the thumbs down only prove and illustrate my point on the way the antis think. It is a person's own choice bottom line.If it were legal, people could make their own choices, get protection, get tested, and life would be better, like it is in Nevada where it is legal, and it is done right.I bet the antis go to prostitutes more than us."
"Nah, I am sure you people do, you just don't want to admit it, otherwise why do you antis just keep making statements such as the ones you did just now. You people offer no real solution, so why should I take it back, right? I am entitled to say what I want, as you are entitled to say what you want. And no, I won't take it back. No sir.Thank you for your comment."
"I agree 100%. It's my body not the governments or any one elses so who is to say that I can't do what I want with it? Very good point!! Also your point about if it was legal, exactly! If it was legal prostitutes would be able to make their own choices, make sure they are protected, and get tested! That would be the right way to do things! It's a business like anything else. Excellent post! Your comments are very influential!"
"You better take back that last sentence right now. I would rather commit suicide than go to a prostitute. Period."
"Absolutly, prostitution will lead to more benefits than harm, well organized by the goverment, where registered sex workers are checked for diseases etc of course. But in general, prostitusion will lower sex crimes in general and increase revenew to the state."
"It should be legal because people have the right to do what they want with their bodies. At age 18."
"I would like to ask a question for the people who are against prostitution, and I want an honest answer:What do you people suggest we do about the situation? I mean, it is already existing, and people are going to them. What do you suggest would be a realistic solution?And also, for those of you who are up about morals, is it moral for the ones who preach against it to be caught with them, and then cry begging for forgiveness only to do it again?If it were legalized, we would have more education, and there would be people who want to have sex getting the chance to have it.Also, as far as the sob stories, I don't buy them, not one iota, since they chose to put themselves there. There are no victims, they only have themselves to blame, and that's the truth.I say, let it be legalized, since it is the person's choice to be one, and to sell their vagina or penis. It belongs to them not you.After all, if we live in a free society, shouldn't people have the freedom to do as they please? If so, then let's legalize it.It's okay if you don't agree with me, but at least it can be said."
"The sob stories are sometimes true. I mean, if someone gets addicted to drugs... then starts having sex to get drugs... obviously the real, non-addicted person in there does NOT want to do that.To prevent drug addicts from joining (and therefore creating more sob stories) I presented the option of making like the military... finding a "recruiter" and going to see him or her for 6 months or so, while getting all sorts of exams... then finally signing officially when the 6 months is up. (6 months is just an example time. It could jsut be the time it takes to get test results back, but enough time to make sure nobody is doing it because someone else is MAKING them [that is what the problem with trafficking is.])"
"Yeah, they are SOMETIMES true, but alot of times, people who knew what they got themselves into do it and try to portray themselves as victims when in reality, they are not, and that is what turns me off about those MSNBC specials that do that. That is why I often view with with extreme skepticism. If people stop the sob stories, there would be less biases, but the media many times wants to put that in, in order to make people angry, or against it.I personally don't feel sorry for them, but sometimes, it is hard, especially with the creative editing they do, but I respect your point of view.I agree with you on alot of points you made to others, and hopefully it will decrease the strong anti bias, but only time will tell on that one.Thank you for your comment."
"kittycat, where was the bible brought into as far as my statement. or were you referring to something else?"
"Look dont bring the bible in to this."
"Legalizing prostitution empowers men and women and gives them the ability to to earn a good living. Also in Nevada the brothels require regular std checks and that protection be used during all sex acts. The largest brothels in Nevada are run and owned by women not men. It should be legal but needs to be controlled"
"I totally agree. email me sometime at firstname.lastname@example.org i would love to discuss this im so glad i found someone who shares the same beliefs. people think im crazy. but if i want to sell my body its my right. why can people take that away. but if someone wanted to sell say a car.. they can no problem."
"Paige, you have EVERY RIGHT to do with your body as you so wish, and Mike, I am glad to hear that Nevada does that, and that is why alot of people like it, even the antis who go to the prostitutes more than the pros do.It should be controlled, and the women there, especially in the four brothels that I know are run by women in Northern Nevada do a pretty damn good job, and one in Southern Nevada do a good job, but the problem is the hypocrites, especially the anti sex feminists who are bitter, mand angry, and want to spread their misery, because someone rejected them and all that, and they feel threatened by the prostitutes.As far as the houses go, since they are doing a good job, maybe the antis could learn something and maybe side with us, since we all know they go to them, they just don't want to admit it. If it were controlled, STDs would be low and the people working in there would have protection. AS far as men working there, well, one brothel did try that, but it didn't pan out too well. It should be legal, I agree."
"I truly believe, that it is up to us, as women, to stand up for our rights and decisions over our own bodies. The government and its agencies, have clearly suppressed our outward natures, of self sexual exploration, continuously denied by it's old age laws. By the Separation of Church and State, many laws are still held for their, "immoral," status, and need to be changed under the liberation for all woman kind! If it is legal to abort, then why not be able to gain financial means of support, through our own vices in which we are adult enough to govern our own bodies? This is a personal choice, not a sexual slavery. It is a legit business, in which women have a choice. If decriminalized, the many women who think they need the safety of a pimp, would no longer think that necessary, due to the fact that they could legally function. Safety has actually increased through the internet, along with screening, and boards that run alerts, and websites to verify potential clients. The responsible provider isn't only keeping herself safe, but others as well."
"Make TJ into the next amsterdam and tax it heavily and set up social programs and allow prostitution but set up medical evaluations and medical programs for everyone."
"If it is legal, it can be better controlled. Tolerance does not mean you accept the "sex workers" life choice/occupation. Scorn and punishment only prevent you from helping them or the community in a positive way. Drug treatment and STD testing, secure locations and sequestered spaces make the whole situation more friendly for everyone."
"I feel that as a woman, I know more of my body than any man off the street (or penthouse). I am tired of others, often men, telling what and how to care for my body. If I want to be a prostitute, then it is my choice to do so, same as if I want to have birth control or have an abortion."
"You go, girl. It's about time someone said that. I salute you for saying what you said. If only more people felt that way. I am so glad to hear a woman say that, instead of people pretending to to say they are that, when they really aren't. I salute you once again. It is your choice, because who is the one who decides it overall, right? The person. Whatever your choice is, I hope you succeed in it."
"Prostitution has obvious advantages, which I won't repeat in my own post. As far as the disadvantages, then maybe prostitution should be treated like the military. Get recruiters, talk to them for about 6 months, do all sort of testing/physical exams, breif them with all the logistics.. THEN see if the men or women would still like to sign up.That's too much work for human traffckers (sicnce hopefully over 6mo a recruiter would sense something's up) and it gives the man or woman time to rethink their choice.Then if they are content with their decision, they fit the health requirements... then there would truly be no victims.If prostitution were legalized, perhaps the business that sell that service would then provide some sort of tuition reimbursment (like other legal jobs) and it would make sure prostitution isn't an industry in which the employees are forever stuck (like fast food [I work at McDonald's.])"
"This is the same Kendra Folsom, one year later. Now I've done a lot more researching on prostitution and sex trafficking, I've changed my opinion. Prostitution is already illegal, and legalizing it won't take it off the streets. Pimps already break the law, so do you think after it is legalized they'll apply for a small business loan, open a massage parlor and start giving their employees health care? OF COURSE NOT.Many prostitutes are trafficked in against their will. They may be protected by a pimp, but that doesn't mean HE doesn't abuse the women and men he prostitutes. That doesn't mean others don't abuse the women either-- once someone pays, they are going to make the prostitute do whatever the buyer wants. Receiving money for it does not make it magically better.Turning prostitution into something "classy" like a strip club just gets people used to the idea of treating women as objects. It is not okay.http://iwantrest.com/2013/02/12/5-myths-about-buying-sex1/"
"Making prostitution legal will open many new doors for a problem that is not going to go away. Men are still going to buy and women will still sell. Making it legal can provide a safe alternative. The law I am trying to pass is simple: If you are employed through a legal brothel then you must be checked monthly. If you have contracted a disease then you will need to receive immediate treatment and be suspended. If the disease is permanent than you will be terminated. For those women who are found prostituting outside of brothels, it should be a felony. Selling your body willing is not demeaning, It's a personal choice and quite frankly I see nothing wrong with it. It is empowering women to be the seductive creatures we were made. It is still a fight because no man should be able to tell us what we can't do with our bodies. Making the law responsible is the important part. Prostitution is going to remain everywhere, but wouldn't you rather know that it's safer by law?"
"I am for legalization or at least decriminalization of sex work, for many of the reasons already listed, and acknowledge that the con-comments have some valid points. The fact is that this debate has been going for 1000s of years, as long as sex work has been around in one form or another. So I wonder if we are actually missing the point ?What is interesting is Harcourt's & Donovan's list of "types" of sex work, which clearly show that people use their embodiment imaginatively, and there are always new forms of this, such as now cyber-sex or ACM-ing of which I have written and not on the authors' list. When you see ACMs in the Philippines actually able to earn some kind of living and support a family from cyber-sex, it focuses on the imaginative ways people deal with sexuality and survival, as well as agency among these gurls. Yes, I know all the arguments, these gurls are poor and have no choice. Wrong. Some do choose; and, besides, ACMing exists in Japan, USA and elsewhere. So is it poverty that drives them ? Or opportunity, agency and imagination, etc ?"
"The act of sex between a person and a prostitute constitutes a vice and not a crime. While it may be unwise to be a prostitute or a user of prostitutes, it is an unwise vice, not a crime."
"It would eliminate bad marriages, which I believe are most of them. Children would not have to suffer thru divorces, lawyers and ex-spouses wouldn't get rich and make the other ex have to file bankruptcy, and, as a whole would greatly improve the economy. Maybe marriages though not as frequent would be more solid and stay together. Sex is a bad reason to ruin lives of adults and children alike. I know that if people got married for the right reasons, they'd maybe stay together, have children, and have a functional family life, maybe older and wiser when they settle into family life"
"How would it eliminate bad marriages? I mean.... a person would be upset if their spouse cheated on them, illegally or legally. The illegal way is "worse" but still.. cheating is cheating."
"Prostitution between consenting adults is no more exploitative than selling someone a vacuum cleaner. It is particularly ludicrous to keep this illegal, where all the money is on the black market and is non-taxable. This has got to be a several billion dollar a year industry. In addition legalizing sex work or at least decriminalizing it gives sex workers legal redress in cases of fraud, theft, assualt and battery and rape."
"I feel like, if in the future I do decide to get married in my life that he may stray for some stupid reason or other. At the very least I would much like to think if its just sex it could be with a legal prostitute with mandatory testing and so on and I may not have to worry about him bringing home some random disease. Plus it would solve many of the crimes of sex out there and help the economy. But personally I'd rather know where he's getting it from, hell i'd even pay for it"
"Prostitution should be legal. If it were legal in brothels, police could check on the brothels to make sure everyone is a consenting adult. No one wants to go to jail, so demand for prostitutes would be channeled into the legal brothels, therefore there would be far less demand for underage/slave prostitutes. The police could devote their time to genuine crime."
"First off I want to start off by saying I am truly offended by some of the ignorant comments made by such educated people on the con's side of things. How dare someone assume all prostitutes are sexually abused as children, addicted to drugs, disease infested, or forced into this occupation... I have worked in the industry for eleven years now and was never forced to do a thing. I however feel forced to do things I don't wish to do at a normal job like having to answer to someone else or commit to a schedule, or when I have to appear at work even though my daughter might be sick... Trust and believe I have never felt enslaved in the adult industry. I have only felt empowered, financially secure, and it actually boosted my self confidence. We as women are always self conscious about our looks until you get in this industry and realise what men really want and what matters to them...Furthermore, I feel only the women not tending to their man's needs are the ones keeping it illegal afraid their men might be the ones calling our services!!!"
"Couldn't have phrased it better myself. It is about time someone said that. As far as the women who you've mentioned who want to keep it illegal was so right. Rock on. You are someone I give snaps for. Rock on."
"People pay for services everyday whats the difference."
"Sex is a biological imperative and is experienced by males differently. We don't necessarily NEED an emotional connection to have a gratifying sexual experience as MOST women do. For most men most of the time, it's merely an itch needing to be scratched. Lust is a nuisance and a distraction most of the time for males...and the younger you are (teens to middle-age), the more annoying it can be. Unless a male has a harem, his sexual urges will not always be met. Frustration is dealt with through masturbation, but sometimes you need the touch of flesh. I enjoy prostitutes without guilt. We both get what we're after. When I've satisfied my urges, I laugh and remind myself what a tempest in a teapot sexuality is. I asked myself "what was all the fuss about?" but only AFTER I've been sexually satisfied. The best reason for having sex with a prostitute is to put sexuality in its proper place -- at the BOTTOM of life's priority list. I enjoy sex with a woman who's been paid for services rendered and then I get on with the business of living. In the end, sex is so unimportant, yet it's one of the main lures (for some the ONLY lure) which women possess, hence their opposition to unwanted competition. Sorry, but it's still a man's world."
"I agree. We don't really need to have an emotional connection to have a gratifying experience. Also, you are right that once you have it, you can think about other things. It isn't bad to buy it, when life forces you, such as the case with the antis.The best reason also is that they don't tell people how lousy your performance was, and you learn from the experience, and feel better about yourself, especially since it was no strings attached, and not only that, you don't have any ties to the person. People do tend to put it under their list afterwards, which is good.Masturbation may just be something to stop, but it doesn't work for everybody, and many times only makes the problem worse. I agree, you do need the touch of flesh, and although toys and blow up dolls may be a temporary replacement, it doesn't do anything to satisfy the need for an actual person, just like the ones I bet the cons, or antis as I call them use. I agree with you, Big Ben. You make a very good point. Glad someone said it best."
"It should not be the government's place to legislate "supposed" immorality. It didn't work with prohibition, it hasn't worked with drug laws, and it hasn't worked with prostitution. The "crime" and violence aspects of all these (including prohibition, remember Capone anyone?) are a direct byproduct of the fact that these activities are illegal, NOT stemming from the activity itself."
"If we try to look at the situation with the most objectivity, we can clearly see that most of the problems with prostitution are realated to its criminilization instead of regulating the profession just like any other. In fact, we are all prostituted in a way when we offer our time and efforts to someone else in exchange of money. Try to imagine what would happen if the society in its moral standards stated that the act of selling goods (retail) would become illegal. Walmart would be the biggest pimp and would be taken down, all employees would be jailed, all customers would be harrassed, when in fact, everyone there would have been 100% consented for what happened on a daily basis. Some people tell us that sex workers don't always work by choice, but thing about the Walmart example... how much of these people would have chosen to be working there? Is it not prostitution? So there's a bad side of everything and it makes no sense to make everything illegal on that basis... Let's regulate a little more and stop hiding behind "moral standards" to feel better at the end of the day."
"Damn, this is the best statement yet. I salute you, seriously. Damn, I couldn't have put it better myself, especially about Walmart, but then again, I would rather eat my own crap than work there. I agree that is the best way to put it in this case. Snaps to you."
""it's like saying to the world it's okay to be a prostitute" - Yes. It is not saying it glamorous, fun, or a get-rich-quick scheme. It is a job though. Children know they could grow up to work at McDonalds, does't mean they all shoot for it - if they understand what it means. (talk with them)"there will be free abduction of our daughters and sisters" - that occurs in areas where prostitution is handled by criminal organizations. Do many people get kidnapped into doing construction? Legalization and legal oversight is the first step in protecting your daughters and sisters. Sure, it still happens, but the solution is not to bury it out of sight, it is to attack businesses that are doing the kidnapping. (If a company knowingly breaks OSHA rules, OSHA does not put the employees in jail). By the way, there are also male prostitutes, this is about a profession and not a gender."tend to forget about the spouses, partner, etc" - People who cheat also cheat in bars, at work, and via the internet. If your marriage has a problem then that is the problem, don't try to move the blame to people outside the relationship. Prostitutes do not ring your husbands up at home trying to get them to cheat. Go see a family councilor."
"Best chuckle of the day so far: " Do many people get kidnapped into doing construction?"You bring up excellent points and I'm so glad to see you mention male prostitutes. The near-exclusive focus on women and girls by the Con side suggests that the root of many people's objections is female sexuality not female civil rights. Legalization allows the creation of oversight organizations like OSHA which manages to do a pretty darn good job of enforcing worker safety. An oversight organization for legalized prostitution would free up police resources to go after those who continued to victimize sex workers --- pimps, abusive clients, dirty cops and officials. Currently, sex workers have no recourse to law because they are themselves criminals. They can't go to the cops or a judge and say "Hey, my pimp is beating me and trying to get me hooked on drugs ---oh, and he's taking 80%," because they just get hauled off to jail. So long as prostitution is illegal, sex workers are legally marginalized --- the laws ensures and enforces their vulnerability."
"I see no valid reason for prostitution to be illegal. It is between consenting adults.If prostitution was deemed legal there would, as with any physically dangerous job, be regulations. That includes regular health reviews, initial psych reviews and blood tests. In fact, I believe that there would be a lessening of diseases in this country."
"Because it gives people a chance to have NSA fun, and the best part is that if it were legal, both sides get to have something good. Girl, money and a lay, a guy, a chance to get laid, and not have to worry about anything. If a woman chooses to give her vagina away, good, but it is HER choice. After all, fia woman is allowed to do what she wants, then shouldn't she truly be allowed to do that? Otherwise, it isn't really her choice and people's rights and the saying people should choose to do what they want to do is really a lie. Who owns the vagina? Shouldn't she? Same as if a man wants to sell his penis. Who owns it? Him or the government? We should practice what we preach, not a hypocrosy based on lies and idiocy from people who have the do as I say, not as I do mentality. That is what is wrong with society today. People say we're free to make our own decision, but are we really free? Think about it."
"Prostitution is inevitable. So, why not protect the people and regulate it in order to reduce sex crimes and prevent children from being subjected to it?"
"There seems to be a misconception with the legalization. Legalization doesn't mean that it will be going rampant, or that we're going to be handing out panphelts at the mall to try to get people into the profession. This is mainly directed to the antis, since this is how they seem to think. Legalization means that people who choose to, will have the law protecting them, and the right to do it if they so choose. Now, forget the sbo stories that are cleverly edited for a moment and look at facts, okay? They put themselves there, but alot of women may want to do it, as men may also. People have the right to do what they want with their bodies, as they should. As far as the antis go, I predict that at some point, we will be hearing of you going to those people. Anywho, the legalization of it will be beneficial to the economy, as well as to the community. Most anti people are probably believing the people who cleverly edited the specials, and talk shows who had people say something because they read it from a cue card. Now, for those who hate it, don't flatter yourselves thinking pros would want you if you were in that profession. Most wouldn't even give you a second glance. End of story."
"It would reduce stds,sex crimes,rape and all things bad related to the sex trade plus create revinue for our country Save money for the court system plus more benifits than not"
"If prostitution were legal, there wouldn't be as many problems as there are, because it would be a person's choice. I know alot of talk shows try to make it look bad, but how many of them actually tried it, and had really bad results. None.People make the choices when they are adults. Nobody is a victim, regardless of what they want to portray themselves as, or the television makes them out to be. They did it to themselves. That is the bottom line. Feel however you wish, but the truth is, they chose it, and they did it to themselves.Now, if it were legalized, there would be more money coming into the economy, and also there would be a better health care program for people with diseases, and more money going into charities that fight HIV and STD's."
"I live in the one state where it is legal in all but two counties. Where it is legal, there are very few issues. The women are NOT exploited and have the choice to work or not as they please, since they are considered independent contractors. The women are certified healthy and tested on a regular basis in order to keep their work permits.In the two counties where it is ILLEGAL, there are many abuses including child trafficking, sex for drugs, physical assaults, STDs, etc. Legalization means making sure that those abuses can be minimized (even if not totally eradicated). In a city where there are more "in-room" entertainers than doctors, if people think it isn't happening, they are just fooling themselves.Of course, there is an argument about sex for money making it a commodity. Well, using that argument, so is marriage. People say they are getting married for love, but they also admit it is for the (financial) security.Germany has legal brothels, with unions, pension plans and medical. I don't remember ever hearing of a criminal act at any of the ones in the town I used to live in. If you didn't know they were there, you wouldn't have had a clue because they ARE just another business."
"While I feel that prostitution is morally wrong, it should be legalized so that the workers can be periodically checked for STDs more readily. There were a couple of instances during the Civil War when it was legalized locally. Doing so did manage to bring down the rate of STDs even then as the ladies had to be regularly checked by local doctors. Any of them who was found with an STD was locked up and not allowed to work in her 'profession' until cured.Plus, at least it could be taxed like any other business is. If the clients had to give their real names, that might keep a few people away while at the same time keeping a client list that could be used in case a prostitute was found with an STD. Anyone who had visited her since her last 'clean' check-up could be contacted and advised as to their possible condition."
"If a woman being paid for sex is wrong and illegal; then so is marrying for money. The only difference is the prior agreed nature of a prostitution service. But hey, what about a prenuptial agreement? Surely that constitutes in part a "sexual services for money contract".If prostitution were to be made legal in the USA, as it is elsewhere, it would be better controlled and it would be far more likely that those woman who take part would do so from choice should they be under threat at work, they could easily complain direct to the legal authorities; just as if they worked in McDonalds.Those that take part in prostitution, even on a small scale, are paid at rates of circa $120 per hour they work. If they worked the same hours the rest of us do they would earn around $240,000 per annum, and pay no tax!. Not bad pay if you don't mind the work.It is a given fact that men, throughout history, have philandered. As a consequence, the existence of professionals who provide a sexual service with no future contact required and no call on the man's emotions represent a far lesser threat to marriage than some sordid romantic affair. Have we already forgotten Fatal Attraction?It is time this matter was debated properly."
"I agree, but with all the antis as I like to call them lie when they give their reasons for not going, it is going to be impossible to debate, especially since their only sources are heresay and the MSNBC sob stories created by conservative hypocrites and liars, a reasonable debate is almost impossible. Besides, as far as abusing the prostitutes as the antis claim the pros do, I bet the antis are the bigger abusers and exploitators of those people, and want to keep it illegal, since this way, they have a power rush. I wonder what percentage of their income is used for abusing those people, since we know they go, and we'll catch them, only a matter of time.Fatal attraction? That's still around?Only when people come to the realization that they do enjoy buying it, will there be a place to truly debate,and until the biases are gone, there will be no reasonable debate."
"It seems that the antis have the same arguement and gving thumbs down, but in all due respect, offer no real solutions to the situation. I mean, they just say it is bad, but using prohibition and all simply doesn't work. They tried it with alcohol, and look what had happened. What do they suggest would be a realistic solution, instead of trying to push their point of view. Maybe if they came up with some solutions outside of criminalizing it, we might be willing to listen. So, to the antis, instead of giving thumbs down and chiding us pros, maybe you can try to suggest some realistic solutions to the situation, and I am sure there are pro who would be willing to listen. As far as the sources such as MSNBC documentaries, they are heavily edited to make people fear sex. How do I know? Well, because I knew some people who worked in editing, and that is what they told me. So, in conclusion, instead of chiding or giving thumbs down, why not offer some solutions, outside of prohibition, and maybe, you might get more of us pros on your side, or listen to your points of view. I agree we have passionate opinions on both sides, but maybe we can try to find a common ground, right? It's only a suggestions for BOTH sides, pro AND con."
"I think it should be legalized, because it is existing already. Forget what the moralists say, especially since they get caught with prostitutes all the time. If it were legalized, there wouldn't be so many problems, plus they want it illegal, so they can have them. I say if people truly want freedom, ALL should have access, not just the rich and politically connected. If you want equality, there has to be equality for all, not just a select few.Besides, if a woman wants to sell her vagina, who's is it to sell, right? She made the choice, same as if a man wants to sell his penis. Who's property is it? THEIRS!So, if you agree, cool. If not, that is cool also. We have the right to our opinions. The government doesn't own our bodies, or our genitalia, we do, as it should be. Nobody forces you into the field when you are an adult. People put themselves in that position, there are no victims, despite what the news media, and religious right wing want you to think, so you will follow their point of view/.I say, legalize it, let people be, and whoever wants it, take it. Nobody's forcing you to go to them. Besides, there would be more education in sex, instead of what's happening now."
"Legalize it, theres lots of people commenting on explotation of women/men in this profession. Fact is, if your working for someone your exchanging services for money and your really not getting full gross worth for your services, the employer pays you lower wages so that they may make a profit. Whos being used there? I say legalize it, create a system to regulate and inspect for age violations, create a system to check the health of employees (health checks) and tax the earnings of those who work in the industry. Then arrest the "pimps" that run the women who do not follow regulations, arrest those that pedal drugs with prostitution, and those that hire underage women. Make some tax money, reduce load in our jail cells, and tackle real social issues of addiction, and child trafficking etc."
"Women (adults) should be allowed to do whatever they want with their bodies. They can sell their eggs but not their bodies? They can get paid to birth other mens children but not the act of making children? Legalized sex acts promote a healthier state of living since testing is required to get a license for it!"
"It is 'not illegal' here in Costa Rica, and most of the 'con' concerns just aren't a problem here. There are drug and violence issues, but those issues exist among the rest of the population here in an equal amount. The main driver of prostitution is money, it seems obvious. Here in this 'underdeveloped' country, it is quite pronounced. The moralists in this country would love to see no more prostitution, but economically it just isn't feasible. There are a staggering number of single mothers and unemployed here. The LUCKY poor girls are attractive enough to keep their family fed and housed by prostitution. Others live in extreme poverty, selling chiclets or 20 cent razors or bell peppers at $1 a bag. If anybody wants to hear more about prostitution in Costa Rica they can check my blog at lovecostaricastyle.com"
"All of the negative stereotypes of prostitution would be irrelevant if it were legalized. Why? Legitimate businesses would be created.Violence, STDs? Customers would choose a business over freelance for guarantees of safe sex and discretion. "Employees" would prefer a business over freelance because they would be protected. "Pimps" would be irrelevant due to legitimate businesses.Taxes? Again, the business model handles this issue, especially since the majority of clients would prefer the safety of using a business over freelance.Immoral? It's going to happen whether you're for or against it. Legalization just creates a safe environment. It would be immoral to force people to conduct this kind of business 'under the table.'Legalization wouldn't change the behavior of people.For example, I personally wouldn't use the service even if it was legal, because I choose to only have relations with someone who actually has an interest in me.I think most people overlook the entire concept of businesses taking over the industry, and that alone solves many of the debating points."
"I think it should be legalized because everyone has the right do what they want with their bodies, we smoke which harms us and we choose to do that."
"I believe prostitution should be legalized because ifit a woman makes a choice to sell her body, so beit. If I were younger I might consider prostitutionas a means of making a living. Thank you."
"It is ridiculous to not legalize it. Criminalization of prostitution didn't curb it, only drove it underground just like prohibition. It is no longer underground given the internet. The concept of outlawing it is based on the same narrow-mindedness that made our legislatures outlaw oral sex.more than a century ago. Legalize it, tax it, regulate it, and the underage issue will substantially go away. For the Tea Partiers out there, why spend police money on something they don't enforce. It is like the old laws of sex only in the missionary position -- what cop is going to look through the window of your bedroom? Ridiculous And to those Christians out there, when did the illegality stop so many prominent legislators and preachers from getting it? Legalize what adults want, what they are doing, and what is nobody's business except two consenting adults."
"I find it ironic that it appears to be the Christian movement which seems to be so against prostitution. This is an issue regarding 'free choice'. If my memory serves correct, according to the Bible, there was a disagreement in Heaven between Lucifer and Christ as to whether or not mankind was to 'have' to do the will of God or have 'free choice' in their actions (judgment to be rendered later). It appears to me that any attempt to legislate (make illegal) the choices of consenting adults acts in the manner of Lucifer not Christ."
"Yeah, they seem to be against everything, right? As far as two consenting adults go, what they do are between them and nobody else, unless the person is a gossip, but why would want to know what goes on between them, right?AS far as personal choice goes, if we are truly free, shouldn't we be allowed to do as we please with people who are with us that want to?"
"I don't get what is the big deal about this. It should be legalized, since if it is, there will be safety, especially in the STD part, since in Nevada, there hasn't been one documented case of HIV, or AIDS, and the people get tested. To the ones who are so vehementially against it, I mean, do you think that if you become prostitutes, as I am sure you probably either go to, or are to some extent that someone, even a street pimp would want you? I doubt it, especially with the attitudes you have. You antis are the biggest reason we need to legalize it, especially since I am sure half of you couldn't get one to approach you.Now, to the argument of the STD's associated with them, it is much better to go to a legal one that is tested, than going out into the streets and just picking someone up in a bar that you don't even know or anything. Stupidity is what breeds the STD's not legalization of prostitution, but hey, you people want to keep it illegal, so only you can enjoy it, hey, we know you go to them, or will at some point, so get AIDS and die, one less anti in this earth. End of story."
"I have seen the enforcement of prostitution laws in Texas. It is such a sad day when prostitution is treated as such a horrible crime when a woman is incarcerated and given a bond that some murders dont get. $50,000.00. My daughter has taken this harrasment by CPS by individuals who will sleep with differant men constantly & don not suffer any consequences. The pimp that has beat her & she believes that protecting him is more important than protecting herself. She would not have these fears if at anytime in her life law enforcement did not treat her as a piece of dirt that had no rights.I am so sick of this victemless crime . My support for all rights for prostition to be decriminalized is 100%....... It is time for this to be changed."
"Glad to hear you are 100%, julie g, but you'd have to figvht the right wing, the anti sex feminists, and not only that, but the hypocrites who are privately for it, but publicly against it. But I am glad to hear you support the rights for them as well as decriminalization. Maybe you should run for office, and maybe you can convince the people who are anti to change it, but I guess the only way to do that is to embarass the religious right wing, anti sex feminists, and the moralists, even though they do a good job of it themselves. I am glad to hear someone making sense. See, antis, you can learn a thing or two from this person. Just remember, we know you will be with those prostitutes at some point, it's just a matter of time, and maybe you will see the light. Prostitution rocks! Only reason the antis hate it is because they either applied to a brothel and got turned down, or because they are ugly, and nobody would even give them a second glance. I pity them."
"if they are getting money for it, they should pay taxes. legalized prostitution will stop both mates from selling or enjoying it. Ask those who are or identified as prostitutes to vote on it. They are one being affected by the arguments"
"While I believe that prostitution should be legal, if look at most of the woman arrested for for prostitution, you can see that many of them have drug problems as well. There is an interesting resource at http://www.arrestcourtinfo.com/Search/Charge/Prostitution/ that shows individuals who have been arrested for prostitution. Unlike some of the more glamorous examples such as Heidi Fleisch and Elliot Spitzer's call girl, you can clearly see from the photos that most of these women have problems, mainly drug abuse."
"Prostitution is a good job. The real reason why it's prohibited is to ensure that men that can't pay can get women."
"The only reason prostitution is demeaning is because of society and the stigmas we have to deal with. I am treated way better by clients than by people who want to "help" me by condemning my occupation of choice. Yes, I choose it. I'm educated have never been sexually abused. I am independent, not forced or pimped. Please make my job legal. Truth: Prostitutes often practice safer sex than the general population. We don't sell our bodies, we sell a service. We often service the lonely or disabled or married men who don't want to leave their wives yet still have the need for physical touch. I enjoy making people happy and giving them human touch. Most clients are polite and respectful. It's only easy to rob or rape us because society says it's OK and we can't report it without being criminalized. Please make us safer and allow us to be respected. Please allow us to pay taxes and have valid income. Please stop throwing us in jail and ruining our ability to get a different job if we choose or find a place to live. Decriminalize it first. Why is it only legal if there's a camera running? Porn is legal, why is prostitution not? Trafficking is NOT prostitution. It's rape and kidnapping. Many of us CHOOSE to do it."
"I don't know if it is me, or are the antis starting to post on the pro side to get people to agree with them or what, but it is out there, antis, and we KNOW you go to them, and half of you antis, I doubt you could even get half the illegal ones to give you the time of day, which is why I suspect you feel that way. Eitehr that, or you have no real reason to say why it should be illegal, and you write to see yourself get something posted. When you make it illegal, you give it to the real criminals, such as the mobs, or people who like to expliot people. When it is legal, you take away the criminal element, but the problem isn't one size fits all, we should also get rid of the stigma, and make ones who want to run it have background checks, and for street walkers, have the pimps register with law enforcement, if they want to be left alone, designate zones where they can have it, and have them pay taxes on it. This way, you can have a good experience, avoid problems and such. What is it ssociety is more afraid of? Murder or sex, if you are afraid of murder, get it legalized. By making it illegal, you are giving the business to criminals and exploiting the prostitutes."
"I am a divorced mother of 3 ...I am drug and alcohol free ...and currently work at a legal brothel in the Vegas area...Pahrump Nevada to be exact...It affords me time home with my children so I can actually parent them...and financially the money is incomparable..It is my body...And no man has the right ..elected or otherwise to tell me what I can and cannot do with it...I am legal...I am safe...I am tested for myself and the publics safety as well..I do not recieve child support from my 3 childrens father and after being a stay at home mom for 14 years had few options to make similar amounts of money to support them and my dying mother...It takes a strong mental fortitude to do such a job...And therefore it is not for everyone...but for some of us...it is the best choice and best chance to provide our families with a middle class life...to contribute state and federal monies and taxes and to avoid depending on the welfare system.."
"I totally salute you for working in a place that you enjoy. I bet alot of the people who disagree with it visit, but at least you are tested, you give good memories, and you get fantasies fullfilled, right? I mean, there have to be SOME good moments, right?Again, I hope things work out for you in Nevada. Nevada has the right idea, and for the ones who hate it, where will they go to lose their virginity, right? At least with a legal brothel, they have the chance to get laid, right? We will be hearing of them going to prostitutes. Just a matter of time."
"why is it illegal? if it was, women still have a choice, just like they do now."
"To a point. The fact is that alot of countries and in the good old US of A, only very few places allow it, due to some anti and moralist, who go to them more than anyone want to keep it a secret, so they can have it to themselves. I am sad to say that the antis are the big reason for it, and quite stupid to be honest with you. If they did legalize it, there would be better opportunities, and as you put it, people wouldn't be forced, but they aren't, believe it or not. The fact of the matter is that people want to believe that, because they are being told by the ones who hate it, so they won't pursue it, but they are lying. More people have the right to choose it, if it were legalized. The talk shows who portray it in a negative light are to blame, and people who thought it was going to be this and that found out it wasn't and they want to start drama, or throw a tantrum like a spoiled 2 year old who didn't get their way with something. So, they are a bunch of morons who would believe this, because it is more conveinent for them. As I stated, the antis more than likely go to prostitutes than anyone, only they don't want to admit, and if they say no, they're lying. It's that simple. To each their own."
"I think that prostitution should be legal, but there should be MANY rules that go with it. There should be certain types of prostitutes (that way no one is forced into something they don't want to do) such as sadomasochism, normal sex, and things such as that. They should all be tested for STD's and be on birth control/use condoms that way you know you are having safe sex. Make them like normal businesses."
"I'm pro-legalization because, if it were legal, standards could be set for preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases within the profession, the men and women working as prostitutes could receive legal protection from abusive business owners, and human trafficking would also take a nosedive for the very same reason."
"I read an article somewhere that said if the requirements, both financial as well as background were not so astronomical, as well as the countries including the USA legalized it, there would be less illegal aspects of it, especially since alot of people who worked for it on the illegal side said they would get out of it, if it were legalized. So, the biggest obstacle to making that happen are the antis who secretly go to the prostitutes and pimps. So, the cons are the ones who are making it easy for the illegal trade. They want it illegal, because they secretly go to them, and they are more likely holier than thou types on top of that. So, antis, we know you go, just admit it, there's no shame in it. Just be honest. And also, the women who know no man would want them, or nobody would even give them a second glance are the obstacle, because they want to pass misery onto others, because they are miserable. So in conclusion, if you want it to be legalized, get rid of the antis, or expose them as the frauds they are, and also try to show people it isn't so bad to be one, and then we can try to get it legalized. That is all."
"I say prostitution should be legalized. Why? because nowadays we're living in a society that's willing to decrimilize cannibis or to legalize gay marriages! Why not make prostitution legal! As for the arguments about STD's such as AIDS/HIV, listen people! We're all going to die anyway no matter how long you live O.K.! And then there are other weak moral arguments against legalized prostitution such as, it will break up marriages, etc, don't get me wrong I'm Not against marriage or anything but some marriages were all ready in trouble any how and are far beyond repair, so let's be real people! And in conclusion, it could be another sin tax that the governments of this society could capitalize on. They're all ready crying wolf over lack of revenue anyway not realizing that the porn industry is a billion dollar industry and sex sells! So I say legalize prositiution. After all believe it or not, it's been around even in biblical times O.K.!"
"I like the way you think. Too Bad the antis who I know go to them more than us pros, want it illegal, so they can have it for themselves. Stupidity and hypocrosy run amok.I am so happy someone said it, and to the antis, what do you suggest we do?! Keep it criminalized, so you can have pleasure, while the pros can't. I bet half of you either are in that illegal profession or go to the brothels. I know they did, since I was in Nevada in 08, and I saw quite a few people. If I had their names, I'd mention them, lol.I also say legalize prostitution, and tell the anti sex people to go suck a lemon. We want it legalized, now all we need is a person who has power to do it.Legalize prostution, and the problems go away. As far as the porn industry, again, credit for the money is from the antis who watch it more than anyone, they just don't want to admit it.LEGALIZE PROSTITUTION ALL OVER THE USA, AND TAX IT. End of story"
"Why cant I sell what I can do in my bed for free?"
"Because the feminists, and antis who go to them more than the pros hate the competition they would give them. Also, the fact that those women are truly in power, since they know what they have, and know how to use it upset the ones who are insecure with theirs and they are the ones who are the most insecure, they don't want people going to people who know how to use their bodies to get people to want them. If the ones who hate it would adult up, and learn how to be like the ones who know how to get people to like them I can guarentee you that they wouldn't even make an issue of it, but they want to, because it feeds into the personality of those drama queens who are also hypocrites. Something to think about. Legalizing it would take what they antis start drama about away, and it would be available to everyone. As far as selling it in bed, the government doesn't like competition, so we can't do it because of them. Food for thought."
"Prostitution isn't the issue, it's what I can do in my bedroom for free. And what is not allowed if I do the same thing for money."
"What do you mean prostitution isn't the issue?"
"I can't understand why something like this is even up for debate. As far as this goes, there are two things that are excahnged betweeen consenting adults, money and pleasure. The antis mostly consist of moralist hypocrites and women who are bitter and angry, and know that no man or woman would even give them a second glance, and want to punish society, because they are insecure with themselves, not realizing that they are the biggest assett to the pimps and human traffickers who push people as young as 11 or 12 into the business. If it were legalized, you would take the criminal element out. So, in conclusion, what would be the best solution to the situation, since we all know prohibition simply doesn't work.I can't wait to hear what people would say to this one."
"Prostitution should most defiantely be legalized. Women (or men) have the absolute right to do what they want with their bodies. Whats so wrong with wanting to have sex and getting money in return. Its a win-win situation. Im not a prostitute- im only 14- but, I do understand where certain people are coming from. It doesnt set a bad example and if your daughter/son wants to solicite their body for money then let them. It should be noones goddamn buisness"
"I agree with you on that, LaLa. As far as where some people are coming from, the feelings are somewhat questionable, especially since alot of them don't have alot of knowledge about it, but are often watching the talk shows that are heavily biased against it.I also agree with alot of what you said. If only more people felt that way, but alot of them don't and it is sad, especially since they are contributing to the negativity of the situation. If they knew that, I wonder if they would change their minds about it. Go figure, right?"
"I am pro because:a) Your body is your own personal property. You should be able to make your own choices. Why should someone dictate what you are able to do with it or to say that you can give away your body for free, but not to place a value on it?b) Sexual needs are as valid as any other human need. If anything we should be focusing more on teaching how to give LOVE through sacred sex. There is a void in the human heart that can be nurtured by sex. Imagine a world that is more loving, where sex is seen as a sacred art and prostitutes as Sacred Goddesses of love, healing through the art of sex.Legalize!!!"
"Cons talk about the higher risk of std, etc. I guarantee that you are more likely to get something picking up men/women at bars than calling a sex worker . I have only met/talked to one prostitute who doesn't get check ups regularly. I won't except her as a reference and I warn others.I chose this work. I love what I do. I make people happy, relaxed, and fulfilled. People need to be touched. They aren't getting care at home..they make the call. I welcome them with a smile and loving arms. I truly care for my Gentlemen.As for being forced in any way....never."
"Decriminalizing sex work would first and foremost remove a lot of women from the (more dangerous) streets and into safer environments. It would let them set their boundaries on what services there are WILLING to sell, at their own price. It would enable them to practice safe sex and screen their clients as ALL sex workers want. It would help destroy the stigma of the whore, the slut, the drug-addict that is either a helpless victim if forced into prostitution, or an immoral thing for willingly choosing it. It would also stop lumping women into one big category, and enable the government to set laws to criminalize the REAL crimes: sexual slavery/assault, sex/human trafficking, rape, child prostitution, etc. "Prostitutes" are only "spreading" STD's BECAUSE they are considered criminals and forced to accept more dangerous clients in places where the police won't reach them. "Prostitutes" are likely to be raped and assaulted? EVERY WOMAN is just as likely to be raped. Sex work isn't the problem. Patriarchy and misogyny are. Fix those, and then we'll talk."
"Sometimes us guys just need to get us some poon."
"If your good at something or do a service for someone in which you get paid it is legit and should be legal."
"its our bodies & we should be able to do what we want, forced by someone else should be illegal, not choosing for yourself. why not have a safe place to do it vs getting hurt because you feel the need to meet someone alone, endangering yourself..."
"Prostitution should be legalized. With legalization, more efficient health standards, and supervision can be procured. Instead of putting prostitutes in jail, the police can become allies of prostitutes, and violence can be curbed, for instance by installing 'panic buttons' in rooms as they do in brothels in Nevada. Criminalization actually isolates the prostitute from the constructed image of the 'good woman' and thus contributes to male dominance over females in society, as is especially evidenced in Thailand in the 1950's when Sarit Thanarat criminalized prostitution. The results of this criminalization was a system, through "moral rehab" and "medical examinations" shifted the blame from traffickers to just the prostitutes. In India, both governmental and private groups began focusing on the provision of education to women which enhanced their options in situations where, previously, prostitution may have been the only option. The institution of skill training for children of prostitutes was also established. Financial credit and loans were given to women of limited financial means, thus giving them more employment options. Labor organizations to protect women were also established. All of this had positive results."
"It does the population no harm and it is the only way some people can make a living to survive. And who is to say they are wrong for what they do when strip clubs which promote prostitution are legal."
"Much like abortion, women have the right to their own body"
"I totally agree, G. I mean, women have the right to their own bodies, as men have the right to. I totally agree with you."
"I think it would take the crime out of adultery and decrease poverty levels. Good for all. Just use protection."
"Legalize it, and then learn how to manage and regulate it. It will take time to iron things out, but it can easily be done."
"In country like India it should be legalized. I support legalizing the age old tradition. 100 % we an not eleminate or curtail it. So let us make their life easy."
"I am a firmly be-leave in the individuals right to choose for themselves. And what happens between consenting adults should not be dictated or controlled by government agencies. No matter how you look at it it all comes down to making a choice as an adult then accepting the consequences as a responsible adult. If a man or woman willingly chooses that line of work, whether it's to support her family or schooling or even just for the adventure, then where's the harm in that? If it is regulated in a safe and health conscious manner then that can be a good for everyone. What makes it bad is when people are forced into it, often times as an under age teen or worse a small child. In all too many cases they are deliberately hooked on drugs and forced into it to support the habit as well as the pimp. This is why I say it should be legalized and regulated. It would make it safer for both the worker and the customer, opening jobs for those willing to do this for a living, and additional income tax revenues for both state and federal funding. And to top it off the worker could choose to quit at any time without any harassment or threats from their employer. The illegal prostitution rings don't give that option."
"yes i should be legalized especially for escorts . i am on probation because i gave a undercover cop my price. and i was just escorting."
"I finally realized something about the antis feelings, based on the sob stories such as this so-called award winning author one delusional anti brought up. The reason you see those specials is because of MONEY. That's right, money created by the hypocrites, such as the moralists, right wing, conservatives who put these specials on tv and all bring in. Are they editing and putting in stories or reversing words, in order to make what they want to show even true? If there was no money brought in, the people would kvetch about something else. Besides, with women who are bitter, because they know not even a street walker would look at them for more than two seconds, they hate it, because they are jealous of those people. Come on, antis, we know you go to the prostitutes, and you make money off exploitation, and LOVE the bullying. Why don't you admit it, instead of sounding like someone even the deaf and the blind would ridicule. These antis make us envy people in orange suits. The stupidity of what they do are the reason for this, and the problems they experience. It is about time change occured for the sex workers, instead of prohibition. You antis are the reason men or women go to prostitutes. End of story."
"Everyone has the right to do whatever they choose to do with their own body as long as it is not having a direct negative impact on another person. That is the bottom line for me."
"The majority ALWAYS favors legalizing it but are apathetic in activism to change it. We are legalizing substances that may cause life threatening consequences should these people get in cars in search for cheetos after smoking it. We still won't let money be bartered for sex, even if it is nobodies business how a person gets laid. Sad to the power of infinity that you people just won't act, you won't contact state representatives and innocent people suffer because of it."
"How do you know that some of us, or alot of us haven't tried that? I agree, it should be legalized, and alot of people out there DO write to state representatives, have put out online petitions, AND have have gotten signatures, but unfortunately, the politicians are too gutless to do something, mainly because they are ruled via the antis, and the antis LOVE the bullying and exploitation, because that is how they get their kicks, and money from. Most of the anti sex femininsts, the moralists, they make money off of that, such as with their propaganda against sex for sale, or trying to put out biases against sex for sale, etc. and pushing this save it for marriage, when in reality, they are the ones who go to them the most, and get caught, which gives the media more money, due to ratings. So, in reality, it is not us pros who are gutless, it is the people in power who are, since they don't want to do anything, other than just kvetch all day, and women who have to trap a man in a relationship or marriage, because they know not even a street pimp would give them the time of day, otherwise why push so hard to make it illegal to boost their egosWe should start an online petition, and get the ball rolling."
"People seem to be forgetting that in Biblical Times the persons and professions of prostitutes were held in the highest regard, by such august personages as Princes,Priests, Magistrates & Philosohers, as well as Heroes and Great Men. Surely you've not forgotten with what honour and distinction the harlot Rahab was treated by that pious cut-throat and robber Joshua? Why, even the daughters of Kings were accustomed to trading on their "own bottoms" for the pious purpose of helping to pay for the building or erecting of temples, WITHOUT suffering any degeneration of their morals in consequence. And don't forget the heterae of AncientGreece, a superior class of prostitutes who provided intellectual as well as physical stimulation to their clients, and were accomplished in the arts, conversation, and intelligent, well-reasoned debate. They also paid taxes to the State in proportion to their income. Besides, as longs as they are healthy, and proven not to have the HIV virus or even AIDS, I don't really see what the problem is."
"Yes, prostitution and erotic trade workers, such as pole dancers, should all be legal. I worked in a business that carried me all around the globe. In countries where prostitution is legal, there was far less sex crime and less disease problem of STDs. In a nation that accepts Gay rights and now even gay marriage, let the girls have the right to work as they please. This is a choice a woman or Ladyboy should be able to make themselves. We don't need more laws to place people in jail or prison. Look at the Dutch or Thai. This should be a personal choice, not something for legislation. Legalization also stops women from being forced through abduction and the terrible things done to force them into a crime. Restore liberty on this and many other subjects."
"I agree that sex workers should have rights. I also agree, let the girls have the rights, but you are wrong on one part, and this is coming from someone who is pro legalization of prostitution. The part that you are wrong in is that it is legal in Thailand. It isn't, unfortunately.I agree that the legislation doesn't have the right to regulate our bodies, but also, they follow the anti sex feminists who as one person said, have to trap a man, because not even a street pimp or walker would give them the time of day, because of looks or attitude. The fact of the matter is that those people, along with the antis who go to prostitutes more than us, but don't want to admit it, want to keep it illegal, because they feel empowered by it, and they can bully somoene weaker than them. It should be up to the area to approve of such things, as Holland and some other nations have, because by taking it out of the criminals hands, and leaving it in the hands of the good people, there will be less exploitation, and the antis will lose their power over the prostitutes. We should get someone in office to approve it, and also with a backbone to say they are pro prostitution, and tell the antis to do you know what to themselves. End of story."
"YES. The people who are against it don't have to partake! There are a lot of things I choose not to partake in like getting drunk, watching horror movies or smoking cigarettes. But that doesn't mean I want to criminalize smoking, alcohol or production of horror films. The people who are against prostitution need to mind their own business, And some people who are against prostitution say it makes it easier for men to cheat on their wives. Maybe to some degree it does, but if a man wants to cheat he will cheat regardless of whether prostitution is illegal or not. It's legal in Germany and they're one of the most economically secure European country! So I say let's legalize it and the ultra religous and other anti prostitution groups can deal with it! They can choose not to partake and STOP forcing their beliefs and opinions on everyone!"
"Yeah, but the problem is that they love sticking their nose in the business they don't want to be in, because the antis LOVE to do that, plus they feel it is their right to, because if we make it legal, we take away their right to bully, blackmail, and their control over those people. That's what it's all about, control and the desire to bully someone in that profession for their own personal feeling of power over someone, who they can bully.As far as cheating, why not ban affairs or hook ups. The reason of cheating is the stupidest reason in the world to make something illegal. Can they come up with a better argument than that for keeping it illegal? Next thing they are going to say is that they believe in the tooth fairy, and still put teeth under their pillow for money, when in reality, it doesnt happen.As far as legalization, they don't want it, because of what I stated earlier.I agree, tell the ultra religious who we know go, and the antis to deal with it. Plus, there are anti sex feminists who can't have a man, and want it illegal so if they get a man, he's forced to stay with her.Antis, YOU are the biggest problem of them all, and you LOVE it right? You are the reason for exploitation and all that."
"I feel that most, not all but most of the dangers involved in this profession would be illiminated by it's legalisation . Currently the police are forced to weed through the "working women" who are just trying to earn a living the best way they know how, to find the people who are being exploted and forced into this profession. If they can even be found to be helped, with legalization comes regulation. those that chose the profession can openly work, and the criminals that force others to work would be forced to justify their actions."
"You said it best."
"People are allowed to have sex before marriage. It's not commendable, but it is legal. Why should it be a crime once money is involved?"
"The morality point many make in regards to the sex acts themselves is moot. There are many things that the majority of us find immoral that we would not imprison people for. A lot of women have sex with as many people as high end prostitutes. Affairs are more damaging to more people when they come to light. I would support the current laws if I believed that trafficking/slavery would increase, but I do not. It makes little sense to me to continue to spend the amount of money we do trying to enforce these laws that have no impact. Furthermore, there is no way to enforce these laws without diluting civil liberties beyond what is obvious and justified by opponents due to immorality."
"Not so much a Pro/Con comment. Simple fact. It's your body, do what you want with it. As long as a person is making an educated decision, it's no one else's business."
"Man, oh ma. Still the same stupidity from the cons, aka the antis who love to exploit prostitution more, because they go to them, and they do worse than the ones who want it legal. Don't you people realize that by keeping it illegal, you are giving it to criminals who force children to go into it, and all. I bet you're proud of yourselves, saying it shouldn't be legal, coming up with pathetic excuses, you make me sick.Legalization of it is the ONLY way to go, especially since you antis can finally go to adults instead of children, like the ones we KNOW who go to the illegal ones do. Why don't you admit it? It's not going away, so try to legalize it instead, because this way, you make it easier for people to have sex with adults, YES, ADULTS, ANTIS. Actual adults.Now, like in many parts of the world it is legal, and the government regulates it, and it has grown up who WANT to work there, and believe it or not, be seen with those who are against it remember that, antis, and give them sex. At least those get it, which is more than I can say for the anits who go to prostitutes more than the pros do, because they know no one wants to be seen with them.In conclusion, LEGALIZE PROSTITUTION. End of story."
"US is famous as the country of freedom. Let people sell they body as long as doesn't hurt anyone"
"It's legal in other countries, the women are safe, it's regulated, it reduces crime and sex traffic. Legalize it once and for all, give women who want to earn a living this way some dignity!"
"Recently I heard a radio programme about legal and perfectly decent sex aid workers who help disabled people in Switzerland to continue to enjoy sexual fulfilment. It made me realise that, if this can be done legally, why should it be illegal for other people, "disabled" by loneliness, to seek sexual fulfilment from licensed, protected workers in safe, regulated brothels. I believe prostitution has always existed and that if it was properly regulated the exploitative aspects could be controlled and eventually abolished. The present situation is terrible, with sex workers exposed to violence and murder. We have to get rid of religious attitudes about sex. The timeline on this site is a reminder that sexual services have always been on offer."
"You make such an awesome point, but the truth f the matter is that the moralists and religious don't want us to legalize it, since if we do, where will THEY go for sex, right? I mean, you have alot of antis on here, as well as those who visit who go to them, and want to keep it illegal, so THEY can enjoy the prostitutes company, and get their sex, while we pros can't. I mean, if those same people would realize that EVERYONE, themselves included would legalize it, they would be angry since they can't get it, because everyone can, and they won't have a reason to bitch and kvetch over it.To all the people who are against it, one question, what would YOU personally suggest be done about it, other than prohibition. I have asked, but they don't want to answer, because they want it to be for them only. Seems to me a lot of hypocrosy is out therye with the antis. Why don;t you cons, aka antis admit you love prostitutes and want it legalized. You DO go to them more than we do, why not admit it. There is no shame in it. Besides the way you speak against it, it seems you are privately more for it.So, for the ones who are for it, try to put it out there more. End of story"
"If someone could give me a con to this that does not include their own morality along with research and proof to back their claim up, I would be on board to listen... but no one can. There are sooo many pros to having this legalized.1)The government should NOT be allowed to tell you what you can do with your body if it isn't harming anyone or infringing on others' rights.2)Both the buyer and seller would be more safe if it were treated as a business versus soemone on a street corner or hotel room.3)Revenue4)A paying job instead of lousy pay and possible incarcerationThose 4 are enough alone to trump anyone's "morals"."
"I'm for it for all the reasons that were given and i think it should be put up to a vote! I've been to frankfort germany and its legal there the houses were clean the girls were checked i think every two weeks! I've been to the bar scene and its a jungle out there! i think the bar scene is great for drinking,dancing,and of course picking up women but lets face it its a lot less expensive and easier to go to a sex house and purchase sex than get drunk and fight fifty guys or so for a girl when its not guaranteed your gonna "score" or not. get over the morals clause! you go in you pick the girl you want your checked for syph or gonnoria and you ALWAYS put on a rubber and you do it! clean up your happy the girl gets paid she's happy the tax man gets his everything is monitored what could be simpler! thats my opinion and i approve this message!"
"I'm all for decriminilizing prostitution, but not b/c of overwhelming vote. People need to realize that there is no good reason for it to be illegal. Our government is not a democracy. If that were the case, Christian morals would have our entire lives strapped down."
"I don't see the big deal so long as it's legal and the women are of legal age. People need to stop being so uptight and stop judging everyone based on what they have been through... Be more accepting of different. Prostituting is an old practice"
"I have no problem in prostitution, even though it is iilegal people are still going to do it. its that person's choice on what they wanna do ith their life and if prostitution is the way they want it, then let them live their lives. it will help us ith the taxes and get people out of poverty,"
"When legal it's a victimless crime. While it's illegal corruption and crime will flourish at its front door. Legalize it and it is no longer in the shadows no longer are women victimized held captive to drugs and poverty that drives them to it. Only the willing are going to do it and that is no crime. Aren't are prisons full enough without adding to the strain with social issues of the "CHURCH""
"First, the prostitute has a right to do whatever the hell she wants to her body. Its her body for Christs sake not the governments. Second, if its legal then it is easier to prevent abuse and what-not by regulating it. You can't regulate stuff thats illegal. Third, the people who want to illegalize it completely have no basis for their arguments. I don't know if you guys know about this paper its called the Constitution. It kind of says that I have a right to do whatever with my body as long as it doesn't harm others. My body is my property. The Constitution rules illegalizing prostitution illegal."
"I like the way you think. You're right, it is her body, and she can do with it, as she sees fit.You are so right on your second and third, and since the antis go to them more than the pros, they know this, and want to keep it that way, so only they can go, and ruin life for everyone else.You are so wise to say all this, especially since it is so true. What you said was magnificent, and makes total sense. Rock on"
"money and plesure all i have to say"
"I've been umemployed since June. I am now losing everyting, including my home. So I a matter of weeks I will be homeless. I have done what I need/have to do to pay bills. I gave my word that debt incurred would be payed back. I am failing in that, and despite going without eating, just to pay my obligations, I am still losing. Why should I not be allowed to sell sex to survive? without fear of having a record? It's my body, and the only thing I have left. In this economy, what are the options? And who is anyone to say what I can or cannot do with my body to survive? It's better to be homeless?? The one thing I had was my name, and the honor behind it. That will be gone soon. I am loosing my word and promise. I believe prostitution should be legalized. It could be regulated, for health reasons. It would allow women to contribute to their lives, retirement, and be a productive tax paying member in society. I am not a propenent of sexual slavery, and god forbid involving children. But a grown woman that chooses this for whatever reason, should be allowed that freedom. How did we allow others to decide what we are/are not allowed to do with our bodies?? Feel free to publish name and email. I plan to take this as far as possible."
"If only more people felt that way, Leah, but don't worry. they will have alot of the antis on here participating to help in the form of sex, since we all know those hypocrites will be patronizing services from prostitutes soon enough. They don't want us doing what we want with our bodies, because they can't, and they want those who can to feel embarassed and ashames, so they can try to impose their insecurities and their point of view on us. We know they're trash, and I hope things work out for you in the future. Take it as far as you want, I salute you for it. :)"
"If I told you, woman who are the government face against prostitution, that we force you to put breast implants on you because statistics show women with larger breasts have more opportunities and are more successful in life than women with small breasts... you'd expect me to prove:1) The statistics are right2) World spiritual nobel winners think it's bad for the rest of the people, AND people in MY country thinks that way (votation)3) It's not a political nor religious matterLast points are reduced to: Laws are made for people in this country, so if most of us want legal prostitution, it's those afraid to be cheated the ones who should leave the country if they don't like it, AND it can't be ruled by the few in power without a open votation.The first point is easy: Are people in those countries/states where prostitution is legal less successful or valued as person or psychologically damaged?Show me the proofs!, and let us decide without interests, but FIRST tell me what you think about getting forced breast implants because WE think it will benefit you greatly, and WE HAVE PROOFS."
"I don't care because I don't get turned on by a prostitute, and if a woman cheats on me with a prostitute (male, I guess) it'd be actually doing me a favor. I'm not unsecure at the point to remove all the other man in the world to feel safe (as some women do by freaking out against prostitutes because their husbands like them)I'd take sides if I saw the statistics. I'm sure it's not legal because there are interests, because if the profit were on making it legal, it'd be legal as cigarrets, alcohol, Acetone, fluoride clean coal (which doesn't even exist!), etc etc.Oh, and I hated the few empty reasons that lady gave to the prostitutes in that tv show. I'd like to see a real debate, with proofs of her asumptions."
"It is hard to tell what side you are on. Are you pro or con? I mean, you make some really good points, but it is hard to tell what side you are specifically on."
"1) America is a country dominated by women. Many men need a venue to have control over their lives. With the present rates of solvency in the marital institution, many men seek to full fill their need for carnal desires without great ramifications on their well-being.2) Colleges have fewer men attending; the desire in men to work is decreasing. Prostitution as a legal profession could help boost motivation in some men.3) Even with the illegality of prostitution, many men use prostitutes regular. Men in their 20s extort women though the use of drugs, alcohol, and money. Decriminalization of prostitution would lead to better health practices. It could likely reduce rapes.4) In the event prostitution become legal, many people think their wife or daughter could become a prostitute. It is likely that you wife and daughter are already prostitutes. There are thousands of prostitutes in all US cities. The going rate is 200+ per hour. And, there are married women in the profession who don't tell their spouse. It is like legalizing marijuana would cause everyone to some marijuana.5) Marriage is a male slave trade. You owe alimony. While, they f**k a stranger. Only losers marry, be a man take care of your children and pay for sex."
"That is a very intriguing way of looking at it. An alternative to something like that might be the swingers lifestyle. THAT would be pretty awesome in and of itself, but the problem is that not alot of women want to do it, so we do resort to prostitutes, because when you're married, you already feel defeated to be in such an institution, and alot of women hate them, because they know they have what men want, and they can't compete with it. I like the way you think. I agree with that part. Maybe being single isn't so bad."
"I don't believe anyone should feel the need to touch a man who might potentially rape people otherwise....my fear about money is the pushiness of it....if a man pays a woman money for sex, he will expect her to perform...if she finds herself uncomfortable....it's especially concerning for low income prostitutes.... she will be under pressure to do it anyway.....My general view of sex is that there should be no pressure...this is why I'm against prostitution."
"Legal prostitution would create a safer working enviroment for the ladies.It could be regulated like Nevada where the women are checked for STDs Bi-weekly. It would also create much needed tax money for the said State. It gets the women off the streets out from in front of businesses and out of the eyes of society. That means we wouldnt have to drive down the streets and watch them parade up and down soliciting."
"The legal Brothels in Nevada hire women to work for them. Hire... Not put into slave labor.. Meaning A woman chooses to work for them. Meaning it's of choice for her to work there or not. What im trying to say is mind your own damn business. If someone wants to sell themselves, thats their deal. Don't like it? Don't do it. Don't want their services? well, don't buy them. People are stupid... Especially religious people.. F$%^ off.. Stop being the moral police and worry about yourselves. If you don't like certain things go and buy a big plot of land away from everyone and practice your cult over there. God knows how much money you waste on temples and other bs.. They can afford it. Well I'm done. Religion pisses me off."
"Man, that is the most awesome thing to say on here. I have to totally agree with you on this, especially with the moralists pushing their f**ked up point of view on us, and telling us we will have this and that happen if we disagree.They claim they don't want their services, but like the anits, I know for a fact they go to the prostitutes, so they can bitch about something.They think they are the moral police, because they are schiztophrenic. Those people are plain stupid, but in a weird way, a good source of comedic material.Mind your own damn business? I agree, but they think everything is their business unfortunately.I agree, if someone wants to sell themselves, they have the right to do so, and no it isn't slavery since the person who is selling themselves know what they are doing.I have to totally salute your awesome point of view, and I truly do."
"Ah.....do you smell that? That is the smell of angry feminism. Which I know that the majority who say "no" probably are. Anyway, Prositution is a victimless, repeat VICTIMLESS "crime". A women should freely allow herself to make any choice she wants with her body. No other woman has the right to tell another woman wht to do with her body. What right does any law have to micromanage poeples' personal lives? NO RIGHT. People say it is a moral issue- please! You scream at the poor minimum wage worker to serve you faster.You wouldn't think twice about getting any advantage over your co workers including brownosing to win that promotion.You THINK that you have the right to tell other people how to live their lives, and you're suppose to be moral? Your not moral, your just a control freak."
"I couldn't have put it better myself, toughfreakinlove, you said it better than anyone else I have ever known, and these people know it. They are the reason that it is so destructive, especially when 98% of them go to the prostitutes and do the bad things, and want it that way, so they can continue to do it. You make it legal, and you take that away from them. Antis, I KNOW I WILL HEAR OF YOU GOING TO THE PROSTITUTES, it's only a matter of time.They are control freaks, you are so right, tough, but they don't want to admit it, because then they can be called out on their bullshit, and they don't like that. It is about time someone said it, and besides myself, we have you to thanks. Snaps to yee."
"it shouldn't be a crime because it is like having a "fling" with your boyfriend, but you get paid to have a "fling" with a stranger for a lot of money. PLUS if the woman is not forced into it then it wouldnt be a problem. The guy would get what he wants and they leave. and if it doesnt have anything to do with you then dont worry about it. the government is not the owners of our bodies! WE HAVE FREEDOM!!!!"
"AS it should be, but unfortunately, the corrupt so-called "moralists" are very powerful in some places, and they are ever imposing in ignorant people, such as the antis who probably will never make it in a field such as this, and push their point of view onto lawmakers. But the truth is the antis, such as the right wing conservative moralists DO go to them more than anyone, and that is why it is kept illegal. We should embarass them the way Spitzer was, and maybe they will stop. Most of the people who are against it are bitter, miserable holier than thou masturbators who people would never give a second glance to.You're right, the guy gets what he wants, and the girl gets money, since that is what she wants, so what is wrong with that, right? Getting paid to get laid, that's a bonus.You're right, the government doesn't own our bodies, so since nations are free, shouldn't we be able to do what we want with our bodies? I say yes. Forget the moralists, since they are a bunch of f***ed up hypocrites. End of story."
"Im Not For It Or Against , I Just Feel Like If That's What You Do Then That's Your Buisness And IF You Dont Like Dont Worry About It !"
"Prostitution should be legal because people have to do what they have to do to make money and survive in life. Apperently when you wording you getting paid and prostitute are getting paid. On the otherhand, they should probably go as escorts orther than being on the streets."
"its always a good time ;)"
"YES, YES, YES - prostitution absolutely should be legalized. I am a 60 year old woman and I say yes. It could save a lot of marriages. So many marriages break up only because of sexual problems."
"Prostitution should be legal. Criminalizing prostitution does not reduce prostitution, it only makes it go underground. It becomes less safe for both the buyer and seller. Just think about it, when it is illegal and a woman is raped and beaten, she is less likely to go to the police. If a man is beaten or robbed, he is also less likely to go to the police."
"Consenting adults are consenting adults. Listen to all the con's who probably watch porn or are married to people who like porn."
"It's not going away, so the best thing is to legalize it and tax it like any other business: we could do away with or lower other revenue generating taxes. Legalizing it would get prostitution OFF the streets AND it would re-deploy the law enforcement personnel to issues more violent rather than issues that are personal between the prostitute and the customer."
"I believe the right to own and sell your body is a basic human right!"
"Prostitution is a right all adults have to the use of their own body. Opponents of prostitution are cowards hiding behind a veil of self-righteous condemnation of prostitution as somehow harmful to the very prostitutes whom they oppress. Their arguments often overlook the fact that the dangers associated with prostitution -- such as poor health and abusive pimps/customers -- are the direct result of the black market status of the trade. Localities with legal prostitution such as Amsterdam demonstrate the ease with which the freedom for consenting adults to engage in prostitution decimates the black market, grows the economy, and drastically improves the lives of sex workers and their customers. Opponents of the freedom to prostitute are to blame for the spread of STD's, unfair working conditions, imprisonment, and the damaged lives, health, and wealth of both prostitutes and clients. Prostitution also provides a therapeutic role for many customers, which improves the sex lives and mental health of some, in addition to reducing sex crime and violence. Prostitution also empowers otherwise economically vulnerable women, who are forced into crime, unemployment, and dependance on abusive men by the anti-prostitution oppressors."
"This argument seems similar to the argument over marijuana legalization. There needs to be a distinction made between human trafficking and prostitution. I think we all agree human trafficking should be dealt with harshly, but is it confined to prostitution? The bottom line is that prostitution will occur no matter what the laws say. Why not regulate it and try to make it as safe as possible for those involved? Regulation would create tax dollars to help shape the industry."
"Not only should prostitution be legal it should be free! If prostitution were free then maybe there be no more rape. The prostitutes would be paid for by tax dollars. That is money well spend, how can you put a price on our peace of mind and lives? There be both sexes as prostitutes. If prostitution is free its not really prostitutes it something else some kinda, fun service I guess."
"as long as it pays the bills and keeps my family off the streets then why not?"
"Hey, aren't you the same "Daniel" who was the anti? As far as why not, sure. I mean, if it helps the economy, and brings a smile to people, and helps them out in life, then why not, right?"
"I'm in favour of legalizing prostitution. I'm sick of the Religious Right and their ridiculous vews on trying to legislate the idividual's morality and personal life choices. As George Carlin said, "Selling is legal and fucking is legal, so why should it be illegal to combine the two?"Seriously, though, if this country got its priorities straight, we could concentrate on more pressing issues, like the economy and environment instead of worrying about other people's sex lives."
"Oh, brother. I can't believe that these people here who are anti legalization post on here. They often sound like the types who probably type just to get their thoughts out there. Incredible. Why don't they admit they love the prostitutes, the brothels, etc. Is it stupidity and unwilling to have a backbone and show that people can like something, or are they afraid to have a mind of their own? Come on. I mean, the sob stories on the america undercover, or MSNBC sob stories, etc? Are people so stupid that they have to believe that crap? Are people really that dumb? The antis are the reason that things are this rampant. I say, get a senator or politician who is willing to admit being pro-prostitution, and tell the antis who love to bully the prostitutes and have to trap someone in a relationship and marriage what they can do to themselves. I mean, these antis are an embarassment and if they ran into a prostitute wouldn't know what to do other than self pleasuring, because a pimp or brothel owner wouldn't give them the time of day. What's the matter, antis? Can't stand that someone disagrees with your stupidity? I say, legalize it already. Enough said, DEAL WITH IT!"
"Let's organize! I mean it! We need to figure a way to! Let's make a group and become active."
"First, it is safer for the man or woman who is selling the experience, disease and abuse wise.Second, it is safer for the person buying the experience.Third, people already do it, so why not tax it?Fourth, it would create jobs.Fifth, to those saying it is not right for women, who are you to say that? Women are and deserve to be just as sexual as menSixth, to those who say that it would cause men or women to cheat. If they would sleep with a prostitute then they would have done it even if it was not legal, although perhaps not buying it.Finally, it would promote sexual and emotional openness in a society that still mostly shuts those feeling away."
"I was a working girl for over 5 years. I loved it but when you keep going to jail for some BS. You get mad of doing it. I stay in california i did porn, web city vibe and all The other ones. But you get put in jail and when you get there is no help. So you have to keep doing. Dont one want to help you. You have to what you know."
"If other countries can do it, why not the US. We are in the worst recession ever. unemployment is so high, no one is hiring, Soccer moms have to do whatever to get by. Government can regulate it, control the spread of STDs, plus people can start earning income that help the economy get back on its feet. The old fashion prude way of thinking is not helping anyone. We have adopted other countries laws why not adopt legalized prostitution?"
"Legalizing prostitution would give the prostitute the control in a sex trade situation. Laws could be made for it and men and women who chose to sell themselves and wanted to sell themselves would have a safe environment. They could even have unions. Sex slavery is absolutely wrong but it is not slavery if they are not forced and they are contented with their profit and their occupation. The difference between sex slavery and LEGAL prostitution is giving the prostitutes the power to deny customers who won't use protection or threaten/slash hurt them. More importantly, it would no longer be legal to take unwilling people and force them into the business."
"I have had sex for money......I was paid to entertain men at swinger parties that targeted single men cause they paid a cover for the events.....I wasn't forced to have sex. But at times felt pressured. I could have walked away anytime. I feel that industry and type of work is purely decided by the individual and as a society our focus should be mashing prostitution safer. Not trying to stop it.....it will happen anyways. I enjoyed working these parties because it was safe security was involved, protection was a must and what I said went. I never had anything bad happen at these events. It shouldn't be a crime to prostitute because you are not harming anyone but yourself. We do this anyways with fatty foods, alcohol, drugs, prescriptions of course etc. why is sex the only one illegal? It should be ones choice. As for the issue of rape. I was raped long before I got into sex work. I felt safer working as a sex worker because I always used security"
"Good for you, Nikki. It's a shame you were raped, but as far as the work, glad you got a chance to do it, and enjoyed it, but the antis as I like to call them love the exploitation, since they want to keep it illegal. Otherwise, they would'nt have a person to lose their virginity to, except for maybe sex dolls.I agree it should be one's choice, as with alcohol and drugs, and fatty foods, etc. You are very wise.I never knew that they had that at swingers parties. Man, I should find one in my area and go.As a society, it is full of hypocrites and all that. Glad you had a good experience, now if only we can convince those in power to change it, then wi will accomplish something."
"I see this as a win win. The state collects taxes for usage of healthcare and enforcement. The Prostitutes get removed from dark alleys and corners and can operate legally in more or less plan site. This removes the power of Pimps to control prostitutes. This removes the Pimps ability to control by force and threats the prostitutes because now the police are "ON THE SIDE OF THE PROSTITUTES". The prostitutes no longer have to worry about being arrested and harassed by the people that are truly assigned to protect them and their rights. This does not even count the fact that there would be less fear of the prostitutes getting medical attention and education on safe sex."
"A victemless crime"
"I consider that prostitution should be legal. The benefits for the sex worker are obvious - access to the right level of protection of her or his rights, or to social insurance, for instance, which cannot be secured as long as the profession is practiced hidden.One of the major arguments of opponents to legalization is the fact that prostitution, in itself, is detrimental to the well-being (particularly psychological well-being) of the prostitute. I do not deny that this must be a very tough profession. But then again, very few people have the chance to work in a position or a field in which they strive, to perform tasks which nourish them mentally. Most people who have ever worked on a production line, and experienced the mind-numbing, body-breaking repetition of movements, eight hours a day, would not call it a pleasant or a fulfilling job. We all sell eight (or more) hours of our time every day, the strength of our limbs, or the skills learnt by our brain. The only real difference I see with prostitution is that there is sex involved - which for quite a few people is still tainted with immorality and sin."
"honestly it is no ones problem but the person who is prostituting or recieving why ia anyone else in their business its their right to sell whats theirs."
"Yes. Legalization has huge potential to lead to greater protections and safety for prostitutes."
"Yes, because it is the woman's right to choose what to do with her body. Isn't that what all the baby killer's say (abortion rights). Besides, sometime a man just needs to get off without all the rigamaroo of dating, etc."
"Controlled prostitution would control disease decrease human tensions. Prevent humans from using sex as leverage. Hopefully stop sex crimes and increase peace and happiness in society."
"why not they legazlie every thing else"
"Yes Because we need sex :)"
"Sex is a human natural right, the same as access to food and water. It is outright violation of constitution to prohibit access to sex.It is a personal matter not the government business."
"Yes give us more"
"If women and men want to give there bodies to people then why shouldn't they? It's there body they should do what they want with it as long as they don't harm anyone else in the process. If women and men are being forced into prostitution then that to me should be illegal. Women and men should have there own business for prostitution (heterosexual women-heterosexual woman, homosexual men-heterosexual woman, homosexual women-homosexual man, and heterosexual men- homosexual woman as the managers). There are pros and cons but this is just my opinion."
"I believe that prostitution should be legal for the fact that it will increase the tax revenue. Another thing is, if its legal for someone to video tape and SELL a sex tape then it should be legal for consenting adults to be able to pay for sexual pleasure. A prostitute can or cannot consent to the types of "roleplay" that they will go through with. Its their choice, why not make it easier for them to enjoy life."
"yes it should because some people need to let off some stuff and if sex is there way i say let em"
"On a moral standpoint it shouldn't, but this isn't a perfect world. Men can get sexually frustrated very easily and its comforting to know that there is an outlet somewhere when normal women find you repulsive.The only part I don't agree with is advertising prostitution, as that glamourises what is most likely a fairly harrowing profession"
"Is everyone crazy? I'm a student and I really enjoy working as a prostitute, everybody knows that I do it. I don't try to hide it! This is crazy, how else should I earn my money?"
"Glad to hear it, Amira Passarge. It is fun to enjoy what you do, and getting paid for it is a bonus, especially from the antis that we KNOW love exploiting it, for their own personal agenda and power. As far as what you do goes, I want to say I salute you for it, and keep up the good work. I hope things work out well for you in the wonderful field of pleasuring people. See, ANTIS, you could learn a thing or two from someone like Amira here, instead of your own stupidity, and wanting to keep these people around to further your own political agenda. I salute you, Amira."
"Really?! As a fellow woman, I fear for you. If you could make all the money another way just as easily, would you? I always think it must hurt to have sex with men you don't naturally desire. I have the impression that since they are paying they will not be so concerned with your comfort in the matter. It just seems unnatural. Though I'm against legalizing prostitution, don't get me wrong, I'm not against you. I want the police to protect you not criminalize you. I'm against the Johns. I want there to be laws like in France. That way, if someone is not treating you right, you can go to the police and get him in trouble. I don't think it should be normalized because I get the impression that a man who does such things sees a woman more as an object than as an equal and cares more for himself than for her. I mean no disrespect to you, fellow woman, I'm just afraid for you. I hope you're really as well and happy as you say...generally though I feel you should have more good options, so if you didn't want to do that, you could have something else."
"I think prostitution should be legal. It would empower young women by giving them the income they need to be empowered. STD's what if they only prostitute for a short time wouldn't that lower the chance of STD's. We already have STD's without prostitution. One customer a day for a year at let say $250.00 would equal $91,250.00."
"I agree, but the antis and the anti sex feminists make it hard to happen. I also agree that it would empower women, especially since society says it is wrong. By women of ANY age doing that, it is saying to the moralists and the antis screw them. I bet they never get screwed, and that is why they are so against it. Where is the equality, right?As far as STD's, when it is illegal, they spread more than if it was legalized. I like the way you think "F""
"most of our educated countries have it. As old as time, it will always be a part of our life, why not make it safe, and enjoyable for those whol find it important in their life. Those who don't can avoid it."
"Although I do not agree with prostitution and would personally never pay anyone for sex, I don't think it is the government's place to call it illegal. Whether it is illegal or not, people are going to take part in it. I don't believe that it hurts or causes danger to anyone (except for the risk of contracting and/or spreading STD's, which is your own fault of you're dumb enough to take part in such activities). There are much worse ways for people to make money such as selling harmful drugs."
"You know what? For an anti, you actually make sense.You're right, they ARE going to take part in it, especially the bullying and loving of exploitation ANTIS, aka CONS.Spreading STD's, well if they aren't checked and do it without condoms, yes.AND, you are right, there are worse ways, such as selling hard narcotics, but with all those, legalizing prostitution is almost miniscule in comparison. And with it being legalized, the antis won't have the power to bully someone like they do, and that is why they want it illegal.But I agree with the worse part of it with drugs being worse, but with the drug overdoses, one person dies, and it is good riddance to a junkie.At least you made better sense, which is more than I can say for antis."
"Because we're bullied by not only pimps and other criminals but all religious bigots and other fascist organizations that are also keeping people from being paid a living wage, for starters!"
"But the ones that you mentioned, the religious bigots, and other fascist organizations, such as feminists groups are also to blame for the cause, not to mention the antis on here, who we know go to prostitutes more, because as one person said on facebook, it is the power and control that making it illegal has on the ones they bully. I remember an article that was written, don't remember where I read it, that said if it were legalized, and the background requirements weren't so strict, as well as financial requirements, then the pimps and traffickers wouldn't be doing it the way they do it, and it was the pimps and traffickers who said this, not prostitutes. Truth of the matter is that alot of politicians are too spineless to do something to legalize it, because of the churches and women's groups who are not attractive, and ugly, and want people to be miserable, because they are miserable, such as the case with the cons, aka antis. Maybe if there was a chance that they can see the benefits, and get away from the 'sex is for love', like the stupid bimbo in the UK said to Dennis Hof, owner of the MLBR in his speech, then maybe, just maybe, the problems would cease to exist. One can only hope. End of story."
"It should be legal in a civilised city.Its presence will defintely reduce the sex-crime rate.In a big city,the quite a number of residents come from the outside,without a family. Prostitution would provide a solution to the basic need of animal.Some of the sex-worker(female) also have a need for sex or more sex.Some of them need money to keep a living. Legal prostitution would make this profession under the control of law."
"In addition legalised prostitution would be even safer, as yearly AIDS tests could be required and an outlet could be provided to report abuse that otherwise could not be reported for fear of legal trouble."
"Also.. The government has no right to be in our bedrooms policing what adults do. Bottom line. ..."
"If these girls 'choose' to engage in this profession, then I don't see any problem. That being said, I wouldn't want it for public display. Let the transaction take place with the internet verses street walking."
"I'm pro because simply put a woman or man should be able to do whatever they want with their body. Everybody is sleeping with everybody these days already. Why not allow the prostitutes to do their jobs with a degree of safety and dignity. For hundreds of years prostitution was practiced legally in many advanced cultures.How can you say no you can't pay for sex? Every time you spend money on dates, or on a marriage you're paying for sex."
"That is true, and don't forget the hypocrites, aka the cons, aka the antis. Where are they going to get their sex, right?I am glad you are pro, especially since it is existing, and not only that, but with all the diseases running rampant, if it were legalized, they would take the criminal element out, and make it look good. Sure, there will be objectors, but that is because they want to keep it for themsleves.I don't know how you can say no, but it is existing, and for the antis, a way for them to lose their virginity, right? Especially since I bet alot of them wouldn't even get pimps, and human traffickers to give them a second glance.I like the way you think, Travis. If only more people thought the way the pros do, not only online, but in real life, and were ballsy enough to tell the PTA, church, and others that they were pro, and convince the public to put them in office."
"The simple fact of the matter is who the hell do you think you are to decide what another can do with the body they own. The real crimes are behind the scene because it is illegal . A bunch of tree huggers and bible thumpers that think they sould control all people and what is legal are the reason prostitution is not legal already . We know it is not our higher up politicians as they partake of the prostitutes on a regular basis ."
"Why is it that I can be legally hired and paid to kill someone but not for making them orgasm?"
"At first i disagree on the idea, but now thinking about this, why not. If someone wants to sale sex then let them do it. If that's their way of making money to survive. Our government shouldn't be involved in though. Whether it is legal or not. Someone who does not agree with the idea won't do this. And for those who are already doing this wouldn't care if its legal or illegal. Because they will continue! No matter what the law is people who are willing to sale sex will. Men and women who oppose won't be involved. This also helps our economy crime rates decrease. Our economy is already dealing with STD's. For those who are concerned won't be involved. Legal or not this won't make a difference. Our government is way to concern with our social problems rather than fixing our economical issues anyways."
"yes it should be legalized. We can not do with our wives what we dream of doing. Thus with a prostitute we can fulfill all our fantasies and live a more happy life.Besides we are and should be free to do with our bodies what we want."
"Well, iiiee, alot of times, it is hard for people to talk about the fantasies, especially since we live in a judgemental society and people say sex is so taboo. I mean, sure women have fantasies, no doubt about it, but the thing is that they were taught that they weren't supposed to talk about such things. Sure there might be great sex in it, but until women feel at ease communicating it, it isn't going to happen, and besides, the wife can't always bring herself to tell her partner what she wants, so there is a hard part there. But you both make good points."
"tnx for reply.But the important thing is that you have to leave a limit of respect between you and your wife ;for example you can not eat her shit or drink her piss.Moreover it is very interesting to me to see her being fucked by others in front of me so it is very essential to have her cuckolding me and have me do dirty things to fulfill my fantasies"
"first of all,eww.and secondly, maybe if you knew your wife and what she liked then you both can have mutally enticing intercourse.what about her fantasies? all women are capable of pleasing their partner in whichever way. your wife too, so respect the commitd relationship you got yourself into."
"It helps people who wish to try having sex the first time without getting someone pregnant and ruining the life of the person for one, and also, it helps a person get better at sex, rather than being lousy, and becoming a laughing stock. Also, if a person wants NSA fun, why not, right? Same with women, if they want to do that, and have no commitment to someone they couldn't get attracted to, the money is a bonus. Both people prosper, the person who is selling it gets money, and the buyer gets to have some sex. To some, it cheapens it, but we know the antis will and do go, so there is nothing to say to them more than that. Anyway, as far as that, if a person wants to sell their genitals to someone else, why not. If it were legal, there would be more people being open, and unashamed, because of stigma, but it's the hypocrite antis who do that, and we all know how much of it they are in that.So, in conclusion, it will be beneficial if it were legal, because people can have soe adult fun, and when they are ready to settle down, they got that out of the way. Food for thought"
"legalize , tax and control( medical inspection)stop hypocracy of politicians"
"prostitution is a good way for many beautiful women to give sexual pleasure to men, without the need for social encounters. It's just a fact of life, that men enjoy playing with and looking at naked pretty female bodies. Put a Cutie on the cover of any magizine and it sells 4x what it would have, if there was a picture of a donut on the cover... Is "Prostitution" really any more degrading then fliping burgers for minimum wage???"
"Prostitution should most definitely be legal. I say this since; it is no one the person's choice what they wish to do with their own body..people believe that taking away the right have a firearm is an issue; I completely agree! I also feel that what a person does with body is their own business, as well as what a person does with their own money. Conclusively, not letting it be legal is WRONG.. no prson, government or organization should have to right to control a persons body, or their money."
"Prostitution should be legal in all of the United States. It has been proven to be safer for all involved. It is also wrong to legislate morality. The stigma that people are not supposed to be sexual is completely Victorian. Consenting adults have a right to do with their bodies as they please."
"i like it"
"This is common sense. Of course, it should be legal. I'm not saying it's a good thing, and I'm not recommending that people should get involved, but just because people don't like other people doing it doesn't mean it should be against the law. People should be able to choose what they want to do with their bodies, as long as it isn't harming others. The arguments that this sort of behavior is hurting others are very weak. We are wasting taxpayer money by having cops going around trying to keep people from charging others to have sex with them. It's silly. I'm not sure about how I feel about turning this into a business for tax revenue, but prostitution should definitely be decriminalized."
"I'm a professional escort and I get sick of the LE out there spending all there time and money trying to stop an adult like myself when they can be out there searching for murderers, rapists, child molesters etc. I don't see anything wrong with legalizing it and if they did then this government would sure get out of the whole financially with the taxes it would generate. I'm an adult and what I do with my body is my choice. What 2 consenting adults do is their business. If someone wants to pay me $500 for my time, what we do in that time is OUR business and no one else's. Let me ask this question of all the high and mighty politicians and LE people: do you have spouses? do you give them money and gifts? do you have sex with them? Well then if you answered yes to those questions then you are no different. You're giving money and gifts and get sex as well. People really need to back off their moral horses and wake up. This is 2014. You will NEVER stop it. It will be here forever and as long as I'm able then I will continue to do so."
"I think it should be legal. It fufills a need like any other service. As far as it being immoral, theirs nothing immoral about giving a healthy sexual outlet. And prostitution can be charitable for people who can't get it any other way. I think it is more of a cial service than a social evil."
"I believe it should be legal, because the individual has the right to freedom as long as one doesn't infringe on the rights of another individual. There is not even a solid ethical foundation, such as deontological or utilitarian, to criticize it as being immoral.All immoral action requires a victim of injustice, and even if you somehow see the prostitutes themselves as the victims, then why would you want to blame the victim and imprison her? What is happening to Marijuana needs to be happening to prostitution as well."
"Here's a photo essay about prostitution in the Dominican Republic, where it's legal, where women choose to do sex work but in a context of extremely limited economic opportunity. http://www.fotovisura.com/user/hookstrapped/view/sos-aIt's a complex situation, but the idea promoted by prostitution abolitionists that it's inherently degrading and that women who sell sex are all victims doesn't stand up to scrutiny. It can be degrading and women can be victimized, but making it illegal makes it more likely to be so."
"This is why I think it should be illegal to be a John but not a prostitute. Measures could be taken that the minute a John makes a prostitute feel the slightest bit uncomfortable, they get arrested and no explanation is needed. Simply being a John should be sufficient enough. This way, since prostitution will probably still occur, they can continue to operate but with the protection of the police. Hopefully this would deter more dangerous men from seeing prostitutes. I really don't feel any pity for Johns that feel they get screwed over. They don't really have a right to be there to begin with. Using money to try to coerce something that doesn't come naturally ugh!"
"Its been around for centuries, let these women live their life how they want. At least they're actually making money rather than sitting on their butts collecting welfare."
"the constitution says that we have the right to happiness, and as a bit of a larger and older man, I have not had the chance nor the opportunity to take a lover. prostitution offers all of the brilliant feeling without the time that i do not have. go pro!"
"It's all about if people can decide for themselves, or there is somebody, who knows better. Even if people really are too stupid to make decisions for themselves, they must be allowed to make them. Or they just won't have chance to learn."
"i occasionally like to sell my body for money and at times i have no other source of income so i believe that if i want to bump uglies in order to get some fast cash then i should have the right to do so."
"I am for legalizing prostitution. Currently, we have child trafficking, physical abuse, drug use, violence, wasting of Police resources, repeat offenders, and disease with prostitution being illegal. What are the positives? Some children get "rescued" but the same can happen if prostitution is legalized. Legalize it. Set a minimum age of 21 to become a prostitute. Mandatory quarterly health check ups. Condoms a must in compliance with OSHA style safety guidelines. Health card / license must be displayed and available showing last medical examine, birth date of worker, and approval from agency licensing prostitutes. Think of LCB licensing bars or Health Department with restaurants. Clients sign in using valid ID verifying their age. Minimum is 21. You have now created a system where two adults having sex don't get arrested for a crime of morality. A system where those working within it are taxed. Where there can be some self esteem. Where money goes to the worker, not an abusive pimp. Young women won't start their adult lives incarcerated. The health and welfare of worker and client is looked after.Do the things that I typed and remove the danger, shame, and stigma from two adults having sex. Or keep the old ways:("
"All this that everyone has said is true, it would decrease the amount of rape and homocide. If a woman wants to sell herself for sex and money let her. In the USA it should be legalized, ONLY if she(the prostitute) doesnt have an STD, but if she does contract one than it shall be the payer(s) job to pay for it, BUT if she(the worker) gives he/she the payer(there could be lesbian prostitutes) an STD than she the worker must pay. Its only logical. Brothels and places where you could sell sex arent THAT much safer than the streets, but if you do put more in than you might want to add body guards and do a pat-down on whoever wants to go in."
"prostitution can be defined as a lot of things. Its the ay u look at it. If. 1st start dating a man he buys u dinners flowers candy ect .u then sleep w him. Why isn't that considered prostitution. What about a boyfriend who help pay ur bills .r u a 1 then too. Some guys pay women or men to get something that they cant somewhere else. If u r making an adult film them people get paid but that's not prostitution cause its a movie. R laws should be refined for our time today. These laws have been @ for years n should be updated. if they were we could back on$ to jails. they r crowed. I thought it was r right as us citizens to determine what we do w r bodies."
"yes , its ppl are religion nuts that mostly against it."
"well,its pretty Obvious here it should be Legal & many agree, Violence? many married women are treated like slaves & abused. paying Taxes, women Not on the street, theres so many reasons why it should be LEGAL. Porn is legal Those women get Paid. its Taxed that's why its legal. so prostitution should also be, its up to the women who choose to sell whats theirs. NOT anyone els. this is America & we should Vote on it, Most states & people would say YES!"
"#! - it would help with reducing girls getting pregnant who should not have babies. #2 - there is no real crime #3 - if it was legal it would be much safer for both and would raise tax revenues #5 - police and gov't won't have to waste their time and can do more important things."
"if yes, then there would be no reason to try to find PUBLIC places to do it.. they could openly take them home or to a room planned for their business to operate. They could be required to have testing for diseases.. required to play safely by wearing protection. It could be taxed and brothels could be opened up with safety of the 'workers' from becoming victims of violent crimes.. murderers and sadistic rapists like to pick street prostitutes for easy victims. If it were legalized, there would be no reason for them to be on the streets. It works in Nevada.. where the brothels function like businesses.. girls get medical checkups and I am sure there is some form of reporting of income and taxation so the county benefits.. where as while it is going to happen ANYWAY illegally.. no tax revenue.. public places are having to deal with it.. now it has become more involved with computer site ads and hotel rooms rented for that purpose.. all that is left is to make it legal to take away the criminal factor. Its happening anyway.. so criminalizing it is NOT helping to rid the city of the act. Just my opinion."
"Prostitution IS legal in some areas of Nevada. With the official regulations and enforcement of the industry, none of the horror stories from the illicit sex trade occurs. Licensing prostitution is opposed by people who want to dictate what others do based on their personal morals. I personally have more respect for prostitutes than I do for women who portray sex as "intimate" but then use sex to manipulate men and play emotional headgames. Legal hookers rob women of the power biology gives them. THAT'S the real reson its illegal."
"Prostitution will happen whether it is legalized or not. If we legalize it, at least it will be conducted safely, reducing the risk and spread of STD's. On top of this, legalizing it also means it could be taxed, helping to lower the nation's debt."
"When something is made illegal, it will just go underground, and become an income for organized crime. These organisations will enslave the workers with various nasty means, and will profit 50-60% of the money they earn. Sometimes the workers are socially isolated and thereafter abducted to prevent them from escaping or telling anyone, and in some countries workers seeking help will have to admit that they commit crimes themselves, and end up in prison instead.Making it legal would make prostitution voluntary, eliminating the opportunity for the mob to exploit the workers.Making prostitution available would also prevent sexually frustrated men from commiting rapes or exploiting women emotionally for sex, while also preventing women from exploiting starved men with promises of sex."
"Legalizing prostitution means regulations. It also means safer conditions for prostitutes, including health care and brothels."
"In my opinion prostitution should be legalized, paying another adult for sexual favors, assuming it is consensual, does not harm other individuals. Considering how the the porn industry operates, not to mention the many individuals who are participate in having so called "sugar daddy" "sugar momma" type friendships."
"Think of it another way... Do you want you tax dollars used to pay for entrapment schemes? That's how prostitution is fought. Police like this because there is little chance of violence. In the meantime, real criminals are out there."
"Yes it should be legal that way the cops couldnt arrest do all the crap they do now to the girls and guys. And it would cut down on sex crimes and I think it would be for the good of all. Why its not legal and why they cant I will never understand. But absolutely."
"Increased tax revenue for local, state and federal government through licensing. Improved health via required STD screening for licensed prostitutes. Reduced or eliminated jail sentences for prostitution law violations. Improved self image of prostitutes. A true alternative to marriage or monogamy."
"As a gay man I think that it is fine. As long as you're using protection and get scanned for diseases regularly what is the harm? This should be a legal, regulated profession.How can this threaten marriage? Legal or not if a man wants to cheat he will do it anyway he can."
"I feel that if you make that decision to be a prostitute, then that is your decision. What an individual chooses to do with their own body, is their own business. By making prostitution illegal, you are promoting people to move onto the streets and work illegally and unprotected as opposed to keeping them safe in brothel where they can be provided with protection not only through STD testing but with security as well."
"You said it best, Nicole. I couldn't agree more, but the antis won't believe it, especially since to them, the illegal aspect, as well as the exploitation, as they put it, is nothing more to them other than a hook to hold onto. Nevada, and the places that legalize it, they have it correct. Brothels work, and they have the girls protected. Also, if STD testing was made mandatory, it would reduce the amounts of STDs being spread, because people would be checked, as opposed to picking someone up from the streets or a bar. When you don't go in a safe place, it is like playing Russian roulette with your life. But the antis LOVE that, because that way, they can keep complaining, and ruining things for everyone, don't you, antis? We know they go with the prostitutes, and like to keep it illegal, they just don't want to admit it.Anyway, good call with your statement. We need more people like you in power, instead of people like the antis who are responsible for most of the problems."
"Yes ,but the prostitute should be of legal age and in charge of her own body and in a licensed establishment."
"every American should be able to do what he / she want with there own life big brother has to many rules now .and it will just keep getting worse. I feel if you are old enough to fight in a war that haft of American don't believe in and be killed your should be able to work in prostitution"
"I think most of the people pushing for the prosecution of prostitutes is women. They don't like the idea of a girl out there selling sex when the other women in the world have to trap guys into marriage and relationships in "trade" for sex. The bottom line is this, women nearly always have a "price" for sex one way or another. They just don't like it when some women don't beat around the bush. Men just have sex because they like it. Women have to get something for giving it. The truth hurts ladies."
"You have said it bes, Larry. I couldn't agree more. That is the main reason that it has been kept illegal, was because of situations such as that, but the funniest thing is that women who have to trap a man want to make everyone's life miserable, because they are miserable, and feel everyone should suffer, and when a man leaves them, they take it out on everyone. I couldn't have put it better myself."
"As we evolve into sentient beings we are still pestered by primal urges... Better health and well being is achieved by a balanced system. Mind Body Soul must all be fed. ProCon feeds Mind and Soul... who will feed my body? I will of course."
"I am PRO because I can't live without sex and I can't live with sex only with one women and I have no time-external appearance to get sex in traditional flirting and all that crap. I don't want to live tin the world, where prositution is illigal. Every man SHOULD have a right for sex! So either state should provide sex with beautiful women for free or legalize prostitution! I live and work in Norway and I want to live this country simply because without sex I become aggressive and can't work normally. All mens are warriors by nature, it is normal for them to want sex and to be very very unhappy withot it. Sex equalizes ugly and beuatiful men because it gives more opportunities to men, which are smart enough to have enough money. I totally support the prosutition, I think it is noble and very respectful profession. I don't want my wife or daughter to be prostitutes because of being poor, but if they would like to be prostitutes to have pleasure and fun I am fine with that!"
"Andrew YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO SEX. Banish that idea from your brain. Each person has a right to be treated equally in sexual relations. That is, you must pleasure the WOMAN you're sleeping with. You pay because you're trying to make up for the fact that you're not. Perhaps if you sleep with ugly women, you will have more success,"
"There are any number of beneficial services which are legal for one person to do for another. Massage, isometric physical therapy, acupuncture, etc. It then makes absolutely no sense to make a legal sex act criminal simply because it's a transactional service between two consenting adults. The objections are all bunk. Forced sex is rape. That's a crime. Forcing prostitution is rape yeah, but not all prostitutes are forced. Prostitution encourages illegal activity because prostitutes are forced to operate outside the law. As with all illegal activity, it tends to draw criminal mentalities. To me, that makes the prostitute the victim. Legalizing it puts it into the realm of a business. And business are subject to licensing, zoning regulations, etc. My opinion? There's no such thing as free sex. In some form or another, men have been leveraged by women with sex since time began. That power is diminished when a man can circumvent the social head games and have sex for sex's sake. That's the real objection. everything else is smoke and mirrors to hide that reality."
"Prostitution is a victimless crime, but one which gives women a dependable source of income in a world where it is currently very difficult to find any type of work. It also provides a much-needed sexual outlet for men who are frustrated by the lack of a sexual relationship or who are married to a woman who hates sex. Legalization would not increase the exploitation of women because there would be ample supply of women who would WANT to work in this field if it is legal, and thus there would be less need for operators to trick or force unwilling women to enter prostitution. STDs would decrease with legalized prostitution because much of prostitution would be performed in brothels, rather than motels, where condoms can be required. But legal or illegal, prostitutes should always insist on condoms. As long as prostitution remains illegal, judges, prosecutors, and even defense attorneys make CUSIP money for each day that a convicted person spends in jail or in prison, which is a serious conflict of interest. Accused are also denied due process of law in the absence of a signed affidavit from an injured party."
"I am beginning to believe, that as far as the comments of the antis that half or 98% of them are the ones who go to the illegal and legal bordells, and street walkers more than anyone. Also watch a lot of porn, not that there is anything wrong with that of course. Also, the female antis, I bet are probably not even the types that a street pimp, or desperate human trafficker would even give a second glance to, and that is why they are so against it.To the antis, I would like to ask what you think would be a realistic solution to the situation. I mean, I am pro all the way, and I bet half of you are that way to, but don't want to admit it, my question to you is what would you consider to be a realistic solution? I mean, prohibition doesn't work, and the antis, who go to the illegal and legal places, along with streetwalkers are living proof of that.So, I hope that you can come up with something more intelligent other than attacks on it, since we all know you people go to them, you just don't want to admit it. End of story on my part"
"I believe the solution France has put in place is the best. Women can prostitute themselves illegally if they want to, but the Johns have to behave super well because there is no recourse for them. I would support measures whereby the police keep the names of the prostitutes that speak up about abuses clandestine so they can continue to operate if they want to. They should even be allowed to advertise freely on the internet without fear of being stopped. So often in cases of rape it is difficult to obtain proof. Since prostitution carries with it a high risk of rape, this would help them incriminate guys more easily for their bad behavior. Overall, I think it's bad and should not be encouraged, but I definitely support measures that protect prostitutes. I really don't have any pity for Johns that might potentially get screwed over by prostitutes. The minute one says a John isn't treating her right he should be busted no questions asked and pay whatever penalty she deems acceptable. I don't believe it's healthy for it to become socially acceptable. That being said, I want prostitutes to be respected and cared for. I personal feel a person could only do such a thing if they were in a pretty sad state."
"Prostitutes deserve health insurance, unions to protect them from hostile managers and unfair working conditions. As well as standards of service and a paper trail in the interest of the safety of both lady and client.in case of accident, injury or any slight."
"Let's start with legalization of male prostitutes, then after the stigma of prostitution is relieved a bit and after a few years of stats of the positive economic effect, we could allow prostitution on females to be legal."
"Well, to be honest, they did try to legalize male prostitution in Nevada with the brothels in Nevada, but the fact of the matter is, except for a gay enviornment, there is no desire for a man to sell himself. They didn't get the female clientele they wanted, so it was defeated. Besides there are no male prostitutes, so what you are saying is moot, unless you meant to respond to someone who was saying something, and you missed the reply button. As far as males doing it goes, sad to say, unless you are willing to have sex with homosexual men, there won't be much they can do, since women probably won't pursue them."
"Prostitution should definitely be illegal. There are many rational reasons for this. The first is that no person should be seen as anything less than a valued person. No one should ever be seen, presented, or represented as a sex object. A person is not an object for one's pleasure. the fact that this is even up for debate is completely rediculous and disgusting. How can a free person rationalize a reason why they should be able to get paid money for giving anyone any kind of sex they want and expect people to see them respectably. What father wants his 16 year old daughter to share at the dinner table that she has decided to be nothing less than a sex toy, to be used manipulated, beaten, mistreated, and completely disrespected. Again, this should not even be up for debate."
"Uh, this side is for the pros. I think you made a mistake on the side you posted on. Usually, those who would make a statement like that do so, because they know someone doesn't want them that way, and they are bitter as a result of it, and want to impose their point of view.How can they rationalize a reason to be represented as a sex object? Hmm, a bitter comment, but it is because they CHOOSE to. You sound like somebody who goes to them, as 98% of the cons do.Based on what is said over here, you sound like someone who wouldn't be used for that, but then again, most that are anti know not even a street pimp would give them a second glance. Maybe that is why you're so anti? Maybe you could try to hit the legal brothels and get a different perspective in life? I hope uoi get the counseling you truly need."
"You need to wake up. All sexual organisms on Earth are "Sex Objects" and it does not make them "Less Valuable" than other sexual organisms. You are a sex object, I am a sex object we all are sex objects unless we have been castrated. You are concerned about being able to control your daughter's behavior as an adult? Shame on you, that's not your right. She is in control of her body and can use it how she wants once she is old enough to consent."
"Many women Married women are treated like crap, Beaten, & disrespected. a lot of prostitutes are treated well, Its their choice! NOT Yours! Tax would help. porn is "legal" Those women Get Paid also, so why is that legal? TAXES! this is AMERICA so lets vote on it! Obviously Most people agree it should be LEGAL!"
"I'm con for legalising prostitution as I live in the UK where prostitution is already legal. Its the way in which the business is conducted that makes it illegal. I have no problem with escorts and those who work in massage parlours. But when their company takes 50% of what the sex workers make that should be illegal. Telling the workers what to do and how to do it with their own bodies is a form of abuse. Its profiting from prostitution by controlling it and should be controlled itself by the law.On-street prostitution however is anti-social. I don't want my wife or daughter walking out of the house and being approached in our street by men for sex in exchange for money. And if i don't want it in my street with my family why should I want it in anyones street. Besides which I can't let my children play in the local park or even walk my dog in the playing fields because of the condoms and needles left behind by prostitutes and their clients. Thats the part thats illegal and should stay illegal."
"I agree that the exploitation should be deterred. Pimping should be illegal. Sex workers should be allowed to form co-ops and hire employees to help them operate an establishment. But outlawing prostitution leaves the sex workers totally without legal protection from exploitation."
"Then what would you suggest should be done outside of prohibition, which has been proven on a few times to be a failure? What would you suggest?As far as other wives and daughters go, if that is what they want to do, so be it. It isn't anyone's business but their own.To respond to the companies taking 50%, guess what, ANYONE who works for someone, such as in sales takes 50%, whether you are a prostitute, or a sales person, or a person represented by a talent agent.Then, what do you suggest they do about the street walkers, and all that? Can you give us an honest answer, since making it illegal only makes it worse. Thank you."
"The concept of 50% from "sales" is an interesting one. If a shop assistant on $15 per hour takes 1 hour to sell a $2,000 TV the employer takes a far far larger percentage profit than the shop assistant. Is that wrong? Employment agencies regularly take a 25% to 35% mark-up on the employees from the customer. Is that wrong? The difference is the sex service is the employee collects the money on behalf of the employer. Proper, licensed and inspected employers would protect the girls and support them.If you look at escort and sex service sites like Adultwork.com in relation to the UK where prostitution is legal you will see in the likes and dislikes of the service providers they CHOOSE what they will do. They consequently do not meet clients who want what they do not offer. In the USA these carefully worded escort ads make no statement on what is on offer so its a matter for negotiation when the parties meet. Surely it is far better, for instance, that the anal sex lover meets a woman who is prepared to do that than forces one who is not? Legalising sex services would result in safer, off street conditions so your wife would be safer. How do you know the condoms and needles belong to prostitutes by the way?"
"Its still going to happen if its legal or not. It just makes for an even bigger risk, that it is illegal. Your not gonna stop people from leaving their used needles on the side walks or roads. Drugs are illegal, and look people still do them. If you make something illegal its is going to spark interest in a few people and make them want to do it more. People get pleasure and satisfaction out of defying the government and the law. It happens. Why not make it legal, and just give them rules. Like set places. And times. You kinda like a bar has rules, and certain times that they can be open. Give the people what they want, and make life a little bit easier."
"It isn't 50%, have you actually been to a brothel as a customer or a worker? Clearly not."
"The flaw in your logic is the street scenario. I don't recall people advocating allowing "street walkers" to operate legally. That would be the change. It would be taken off of the street. I believe that most of us that are for legalization view it as a service rendered much like a bar, legitimate massage parlor, or even places (in the USA) where you can rent and shoot a firearm as a responsible adult.I can go to a bar in the United States and drink six beers, down 5 shots of Bacardi, and polish it off with a whiskey sour. That's legal. It leads to much trouble which I've witnessed. How hypocritical is it that I can do the aforementioned and drive away in my car possibly injuring or killing myself or others but I can't call a prostitute, schedule a meeting, view their health creditionals, swipe my credit card, put on a condom, get laid, then go home?Having sex in public would still be illegal. Go to the woods near a College Campus. It isn't prostitutes and johns that are littering the woods with condoms. Where there is opportunity people will do it."
"The Netherlands legalized prostitution in October of 2000 with the intention to better control and regulate the sex industry, combat involuntary prostitution, and improve the health, well-being and public opinion of prostitutes (Brants). What the legalization had done for the Netherlands was to be realized in 2007 with the mayor, Job Cohen of Amsterdam, taking action to begin shutting down large parts of the red light district because the according to him "we've realized this is no longer about small-scale entrepreneurs, but that big crime organizations are involved here in trafficking women, drugs, killings, and other criminal activities" (Vanderstok 7)."
"The biggest problem with legalizing prostitution is the way that it affects society. By legalizing the sale of women's bodies to men, we further validate the idea that a woman's worth is merely the sum of her body parts.This issue isn't limited to prostitution. Watch ads closely and you will begin to notice: The man in a business suit has a watch on his wrist. He is smart, suave, sophisticated. We turn the page. A woman holds out a bottle of cologne. She is mostly covered by the flowing purple sheet, and her expression betrays her longing for you. She is...just sexy. No personality, no brains, no aspirations. She has a beautiful body, and nothing else to recommend her.Legalizing prostitution would only enforce this pattern, and when women become objects rather than people, we begin to see a culture where rape is sexy and women don't mean no when they say it. This is hugely degrading, and very dangerous.Also, the line between voluntarily working as a prostitute and being coerced into it is also notoriously blurry. Has a woman who has given consent to an emotionally manipulative and abusive boyfriend to be sold for sex a voluntary worker? I would say no, but the law would probably say yes."
"you do realize men are prostitutes too..."
"Legalizing prostitution is normalizing behaviors and attitudes that encourage people to be treated as objects. No-one should ever feel "entitled" to another's body under any circumstance. Money in prostitution creates this unhealthy situation. Even in the so called "best case scenario" of the highly paid prostitute by a more gentle John, the fact of the matter is that money is presumed to replace sexual and emotional desire on the part of the prostitute. The prostitute is doing for money what she/he would otherwise be unwilling to do. It's not ok to support people doing sexual acts where mutual enjoyment does not exist. This is degrading. Stop deluding yourself you Johns out there, they don't really desire you! Go seek sex from women who would sleep with you for free. For the prostitutes out there who claim to be proudly pro-prostitution, let me make myself clear. I'm not out to tell you how to live your life. I believe that you deserve to be treated with care and respect. I just don't think legalizing prostitution is going to help that. I do think that laws should be enacted so that the police are on your side as far as protecting you is concerned. I'm against punishing prostitutes. I believe that Johns should be punished."
"Women find prostitution a quick way to make money by giving away their love and sex. Prostitution hurts women who are involved, including pornography."
"I disagree with the legalization of prostitution due to the impacts such as health problems, human trafficking, juvenile prostitution and degradation of moral value. I am from Asia and prostitution is a very big concern here because not only it is something we should avoid doing but the ethical values will also be tainted.By legalizing prostitution, then prostitution is a legal job. People will then feel that it is no use to receive education when they can get easy money just by giving body service. What will then happen to the quality of the human resources? What is then the use of emancipation especially for females??If by being a prostitute is a choice made by the person him/herself, I am not going to judge however is it worth it to end up as a prostitute??"
"Guess it should be illegal to work at McDonalds too, right?"
"I don't believe prostitution should be legalized. I grew up in Southern Nevada, in Nye county where prostitution was legalized. It was taxed andhad regulations just as every business has. But even though it helped the community from the taxes and through donations, it still didn't help those who were forced. Better know as human trafficking or sex slavery. It still happened in the city next door. Better know as Las Vegas. It didn't slow down street prostitution or escorts, nor did it stop "massage" paroles from popping up. Children we're still being trafficked and young men and women were still being sold. Even in Nye county. (Las Vegas is in a different county were prostitution is illegal, but its only about 45 minutes from Nye county were prostitution is legal.) So no. I don't believe it should be legalized everywhere or anywhere, because it didn't stop these other shops and brothels, plus it didn't slow down sex trafficking. Which is closely entwined with street prostitution. It may be better for the economy but if people still want to do their own thing and not work in these legalized brothels, it won't help the dangers these women go through. And there will always be those who want the young child or the underdeveloped teen."
"Human trafficking isn't prostitution. Trafficking IS and SHOULD be a major crime, but it's disingenuous to say that because some people are forced, it should be illegal for voluntary employment. What you haven't mentioned is that in the places where it IS legal, licenses are issued to women who've been sponsored by a brothel. And that brothels have to conform to very strict regulations. A remote location is one. Regular STD testing and mandatory use of condoms are another. In Nevada, gainful employment as a prostitute is very difficult to achieve. So.. try again. The regulations and laws against it are what encourages the things you're talking about. Being forced? That is a crime, but I drive an 18wheeler. If someone put a gun to my head and told me to do my job.. it would be the exact same thing. A legal act coerced by an illegal act. Would it make ANY sense to throw me into jail because of a crime someone committed with ME as the victim?"
"Then what the hell is it that you would do as a possible solution. Since it is prohobited, because of antis who go to the illegal ones more than anyone else, what do you suggest that should be done. Seriously, what do you suggest? I mean, this was unbelievable, and with the way people like antis such as yourself say it. It is almost bizarre and frightening.What would be a realistic solution, because with antis who want to keep it illegal, you are contributing to the problem, not solving it.It doesn't work, because they don't address the problem with the street walkers, but making it illegal IS NOT THE ANSWER!Well, as far as that goes, I don't know what to really say, but I know one thing, the teen part, I really can't imagine that one, but I bet alot of the antis want that, since they know nobody, not even a street walker would take them."
"Faith you say that it did not help with trafficking because it still went on...where prostitution was illegal Think about that for a second. The fact of the matter is that legalizing would not increase the problems surrounding it even if it did not accomplish the goal of decreasing them as those that believe as I do think they would. Legalizing prostitution between consenting adults does not mean ignoring the sex abuse to children or women forced into it."
"So what you are saying is that in an area where it IS illegal trafficking occurred and where it legal there wasn't a trafficking problem yet you are against it being legal? Thus you support trafficking. Okay fair enough."
"If you think the human trafficking didn't occur prior to prostitution being legalized in 11 Nevada counties, then you're naive. Even if it doesn't stop trafficking or street prostitution, what's your point? It's a serious logical leap of faith to suggest this is somehow grounds for re-criminalizing it, because then you will ONLY have street prostitution and human trafficking, without the tax revenues which accompany legal brothels."
"One reason trafficking persists in legalized zones is because of sex tourism that results from it being outlawed in other areas. Everyone flocks to an area where it IS legalized, and there aren't enough legal workers to keep up with the demand. So, legalizing it in ONE area really doesn't eliminate the problem. In fact, the problem will NEVER be eliminated because the demand exists. There are illegal workers in all kinds of fields. Should we criminalize construction because of the numbers of illegal workers? Your problem is with worker's rights, not prostitution."
"How incredible. In a place where a simple 1 hour drive could make it possible for a person to have access to a legal prostitute, people still overwhelmingly choose to seek out much less safe, illegal prostitution.Your experience living in that area is proof that legalizing prostitution won't irradiate illegal prostitution. It is illegal already, and that isn't stopping pimps. How will legalizing prostitution change anything?"
"There is already enough court cases and enough problems of stupid things. This will add to it (if prostitution were legal.There will be court cases on "well they promised to pay this amount etc" . Then there will be cases on "whether it was an act of prostitution or not" because if someone 'promised' to pay money for them having sex, and didn't pay then what? how would they know who was lying or not. Then it comes to validity, because yes you could monitor the act, but then what makes them qualified, how many people do it? What is the cost? Do they need a badge etc. Do they need different types of tests. How would know someone is qualified to do this act. Would they look online or what?? You see this adds more time, more problem which the government doesn't need."
"ofcourse not , it is the womens' choice of being paid for sex. It is cruel to take away the choice because if she is in despreate need of feeding her children and theres is no other choice it could apply to her."
"any selling or buying of human flesh is exploitive and dangerous. Whether it is legal or not. once it is legal more people will engage in it. Because it is legal does not mean they use protection. Aids and other stds will skyrocket and be given to a married mans wife."
"It's an anachronism. We hear all sorts of excuses, like it won't stop it to make it illegal. Well, the same goes for burglary, but who is advocating making that legal? In this crazy world anything is possible. It should be outlawed. Prostitutes are extremely greedy people and they use sex to extract money from men. I don't accept that they are exploited in the majority of cases, they are the exploiters. It's way past time this obscene trade was brought to an end."
""It's way past time this obscene trade was brought to an end". Really? Good luck with that, since there's a reason it's called the world's "oldest profession". It's simply supply and demand. As long as there are men, there will be demand. You comparing it to Burglary is a logical fallacy. There's a reason burglary is illegal, because it's wrong to break into someone's home or steal something which doesn't belong to you. It's nowhere near being the same moral equivalent to prostitution. Prostitution is considered a crime purely because of those who wish for their religious beliefs to be the law of the land."
"You're right, it's just like burglary. You know like, when I pay a guy to break into my house and take my stuff. Burglary is a mutual agreement.Also, I agree... car salesmen are also very greedy, I think it should be illegal to purchase cars."
"I changed my mind from Pro to Con. As a male trying to figure out why people view prostitution as a crime. I think it is they feel maturing sexually with out the walls of love damages sex. They want to control how women are treated. Even porn can give believe that demonizing women is the object of sex."
"How many adult men or women would like feel it good if their mother earns money by prostitution.If its for survival they may taller it but they would wish for a world that could provide better facilties for a poor mother.Some may even taller it when sex is offered as gift & not in exchange of money probably.Think a little bit "Should everything be allowed in support of the hunger beyond its worth of health worthyness-physical mental & emotional social economical & spiritual-lastly scientifical."
"http://iwantrest.com/2013/02/12/5-myths-about-buying-sex1/First of all, what makes you think legalizing prostitution will get prostitutes off the streets? If it is ALREADY illegal with pimps advertising in back alleys, what makes you think they will follow the laws if it is legalized? Do you honestly think the already existing pimps will make their practice legal when they have to pay taxes, treat their employees well and offer healthcare? Turning prostitution into something "classy" like a strip club just gets people used to the idea of treating women as objects. It is not okay.http://iwantrest.com/2013/02/12/5-myths-about-buying-sex1/"
"I like the laws in Sweden, Norway, and Iceland that keep prostitution illegal, but don't punish the women. They only punish the men. I think women are the victims, and the vast majority of them are just desperate for money. They deserve better than to be treated like scum by idiotic men.Now, I do support progressive policies that would help these women to get out of their situations and find a real job where the minimum wage is enough for them to live off of. Like I said, the women are victims. I don't want to throw them in jail. I want to help them.Of course the claim will always be made that outlawing it doesn't stop it from happening, but I think if these three nations worked to enforce the laws better, they could get the laws to have a stronger deterrent effect. We all know that people respond to incentives, and it's hard to make a law work if nobody's ever given justice.Some of my fellow liberals claim that government should stay out of morality, yet they support forcing rich people to be moral with their money through redistribution of wealth. If the government has a role in that, which I believe they do, they should have a reasonable amount of involvement in anything that brings harm to members of society."
"I am actually surprised they allow this anti-male hate speech on here. You are a sexist bigot ma'am and you should be called out for your hateful sentiment. You obviously are a radical feminist, no better than the KKK or the skinheads. Your kind asks for mass castration and male genocide worldwide."
"I hear you on that one. Legalization is the only way to solve the problem of exploitation, but the people who are against it want to keep it alive, because they need a hook for something to kvetch about. @Rich, I am with you on your statements. We should legalize it, if only the people who could were having a back bone and stand up to the antis and hypocrites."
"Wow, big talk from someone who sounds bitter, and has to trap someone into a relationship or marriage, because they know not even the pimps would give them the time of day. Remind me never to associate with you. What you stated with that is so embarassing that it wouldn't even be worth using on an open mic night. Are you so bitter that you have to think that way? Yeesh.As far as Sweden goes, they are going about it the wrong way. All it does is make people go underground more. They should make it legal, and this way, maybe you might find someone to give you the time of day.As far as harm goes, you antis are more harmful, but I guess with the statement such as yours, deep down you LOVE the exploitation, since you want to keep it illegal.Help them? No, you antis DON'T, since you want to keep it illegal. I truthfully pity you for the statement you made."
"I recommend Victor Malarek's The Natashas: Inside The New Global Sex Trade and Siddharth Kara's SexTrafficking: Inside The Business of Modern Slavery. These authors present findings based on their extensive research of the sex industry, including the fact that in nations that have legalized prostitution, human trafficking flourishes. Criminal organizations victimizing young men, women, and children more easily operate behind the veneer of legality."
"I agree, Phil, but you have to remember, these are antis, which LOVE to exploit the people who are in it, and bitch about it, because if it was legalized, they wouldn't be able to abuse and exploit the prostitutes. Think about it, they believe the sob stories, they go out to the back alleys, and enjoy the abuse they inflict upon the legal prostitutes, and they constantly tell people it is wrong, when THEY are the ones who want it illegal, so they can do it, and get away with it. Why do you think they fight so hard to keep it that way? And also the anti sex feminists, who are miserable, because not even the prostitutes or pimps give them a second glace are getting more than they are, and they want to spread it, so this way, they can make everyone else miserable, because they are miserable. Besides, they want to bitch, and get fame and make money, when they are the biggest hypocrties of them all. So, we'd be wasting our time showing them positive things, when they are the abusers of the prostitutes. I went to Nevada, and it was a blast, and they were treated better. Take notes, antis, maybe with this, you will learn beyond your stupidity."
"In other countries it's a different situation than in the US. In the US, we have laws that protect all employees, that other countries don't have. If you want to know what it would be like with legalized prostitution in the US, look at Nevada, not at third world countries that have major human rights problems that span their entire society, beyond prostitution."
"Because most of those stories are biased. Award winning. Please. You sound like the type that would go to those people, like the antis on here, which I know for a fact do, because when I went to the brothels in Nevada, which are LEGAL, I saw alot of antis that went.So, I don't have to give credibility to someone based on information that isn't even true, and since you believe him, I pity you.No, I am not biased, but you are.What motivates YOU to promote a book that may as well be obviously biased. I've seen those stories on television, and read them, and half of them make me laugh, just like most of the antis on here.I am an honest man and I claimed that, ANTI, as I like to call the cons on here. So, you know what he can do with something as frivolous as that.Thank you for your comment"
"No thanks. Many of those books, and interviews are very biased, and they don't hold anything that will really be of value. Kind of like the sob stories you see invented by antis and moralists. Thanks for the recommendation, but not really interested in something like that. Legalization is the way to go, and besides, I bet those researchers probably made up half the stories, because they couldn't get those people to want them, so why read it in the first place, right?"
"Oh whoopie, he is award winning? You mean tons of moral nazis and feminist radicals who hate men have purchased his books to the point where he got awards? You mean radical biased fringe nuts with a lot of influence and money endorse him?If prostitution is legal the cops both have more funding and more manpower/resources to go after trafficking, your argument is irrelevant and his argument is clearly falsified. That's easy to do, just study high risk areas for trafficking and if the countries just so happen to have loose prostitution laws also then your point seems made, the public needs not know. I don't buy it sorry."
"Victor G., the writer of one of the books I'd noted is an award winning author, the recipient of national acclaim in Canada for his excellence in journalism. No honest man could rightfully claim that he "made up" the testimonies of the victims of slave trafficking, as you so self-righteously assume. Attempting to reduce the extreme suffering of such bartered persons to mere "sob stories" is cold hearted. What motivates you to discount the scholarly research of the two authors to mere bias? One might correctly assume it is your own bias and lack of knowledge."
"we could stop the spread of more STIs people need boundries and selling your body is disrespectful to your self and wrong"
"Being irresponsible and promiscuous spreads disease yet it's legal. Who are you to set boundaries? Are you God? It's better to have prostitution hide in dark places? Stop being naive. You can screw your boss for a raise or promotion and not go to jail. It might get you fired, but it can also get you an extra 10 grand a year. Legalize and control it. Don't try to force morality on others, especially if you didn't wait until marriage to have sex."
"I think prostitution should not be legal because if a girl end up getting pregnant the rate of abortions will get higher. And people are against abortions so why shouldn't they be against prostitution?"
"You have no idea how legalized prostitution works, do you? When it's a legitimate trade, rather than some alleyway street negotiation, condoms and regular health check-ups are mandated."
"You're assuming unprotected intercourse, A pretty big assumption and if prostitution were legal all working prostitutes would be required to use protection and remain in organised, safe institutions. Laws give us the chance to regulate and control standards."
"I think there right.. Prostitution shouldn't be right at all.. There's women and girls out there being violated and raped out there..prostitution should be gone..I think women should have a saying in this.."
"If it were legal, brothels would be regulated by work unions and law would require protection of all kinds. It's the safest way for women who choose to be sex workers."
""There" signifies a location. I believe you meant the contraction of "They're" as in They are right, since a location can't have an opinion. Prostitution is already illegal in many countries and guess what? Women are getting violated and raped in those countries. Legal prostitution doesn't increase rates of rape, so your "point" is wholly invalid and illogical."
"It should clearly be illegal. The idea of prostitution itself is so antithetical to me because first and foremost it's WRONG. No one should go out and have to pay for sex while the other party is forced to work from sex to earn a living. It's humiliating. The Swedish Model is the only viable option out there."
"Antithetical to you. So what you're saying is your opinion should be the law of the land and your moral beliefs should govern everyone? Saying it's wrong is an opinion, not a fact. The scenario you presented relates to paying for sex from someone FORCED to do it. That is not what legalized prostitution is. Legalized prostitution doesn't make human trafficking legal and what you've outlined is trafficking, which exists irrespective of prostitution laws."
"i am against it because there is more likely hood of teenage pregnancy because adults sell kids for money and that is just wrong. also the spread of diseases is a big factor."
"That's called human trafficking not prostitution. Nobody here is for human trafficking. In fact if the cops were free to chase them and had added tax revenue and prison space, the mafia that trades children would be taken out of town. Right now they chase adults who chose to be in the sex trade. That's not fair on any level to the legitimate prostitutes who consent and terrible for those being abused."
"That, I believe is the point of legalising prostitution, so that working unions can step in for the employment protection of all workers, health insurance and legitimate tax returns. Government watch dogs would be all over legal brothels and anyone operating outside that model would be punished to the full extent of the law, which in the case of human trafficking is life imprisonment."
"no of curse not ........ I do believe in freedom but I can't agree with using woman as a cows .......... it's really not respectful for woman :( . Also, I think that people don't know what is the killing result of this 'sin' which is having sex with a man who is not her husband or the opposite :1- it's increasing AIDS .. because AIDS happen when a woman having sex with a different man at the time ,but that does not happen if the man have a sex with a different women because the problem is when the men's seminal fluids are gathered in one place and that also would make too many Diseases .2- (cheating) is affecting partner's relationships because if one of the partner want to have a better sex he or she will be more susceptible to sex Diseases and then he or she will be causing his or her partners (his wife or her husband) to have a sex Diseases even if the partner was honest and didn't cheat on his or her partner,and that is completely injustice . Therefore, don't think individually and let many people hurt for your own happiness, you might enjoy an hour but you also might loss whatever .. :( you might own your body but you never own their lives .....I hope everybody live a happy and honest life :)AWESOME"
"First off, with prostitution people can have safer sex i.e. manual stimulation (hand only), in fact it is considered so safe that almost nobody has been recorded getting any form of STD from it. Very few, very very very few in history at all. Second of all, with regulated prostitution Nevada has not had a single case of HIV. How many wild nights of unprotected sex from bars result from men NOT having protected sex in a regulated environment and how many cases of HIV result? Clearly countless more occur from bars when people go home not in their right minds. Now also, this has nothing to do with cattle, it has everything to do with sex, normal reproductive urges. We are all just reacting to our need to reproduce, that's what this is all about and "Objectifying" is what we are -SUPPOSED- to do, that's why we were born pal."
"Typical anti response. If you do believe in freedom as you claim, then you would realize that everyone has the right to do with their body as they so choose. As far as cheating goes, hey, if the person didn't want to settle down, they shouldn't have gotten married in the first place, or do something to keep the partner they were with from straying away. It takes two to make a rotten relationship.As far as diseases go, it is that way, because people are so stupid not to use protection, or as far as semeninal fluids, not to put it where it can get in touch with eyes, face, ears, mouth, etc. That is where common sense comes into play.What increases aids is if a person has sex with someone who has the disease, and stupidly doesn't use protection, such as condoms, or barriers, or even getting a test."
"You might didn't understand this words at the end "" you might own your body but you never own their lives ....."" what I meant is that if you want to destroy your life, you are not allowed to destroy someone els's life . What I see from your respond that there is no responsibility that people should have for everything and that is a misstake even in the law . they try to keep allowing relationships without married as much as they can that they allowed killing babies before they born ''''you know condoms do not always protect you ;) '' .. Lets face it : having sex without getting married is a huge misstake ... not just because you do it you want everybody to accept it because that what all criminals do when they do a crime .. just because they don't want to feel Guilty......... This not my opinion this simply the truth whether you like it or not."
"You think that if someone really wants to cheat on their partner whether or not it's legal will stop them?"
"No I dont think it should be legal, If I cant compliment someones breasts that should be legal. It is absurd and mean spirited to make compliments a crime. Decrimalize compliments especially of the bosom. Racism is not a crime, then why should anyone serve time for giving someone a compliment about their breasts, clothes and cleavage. Calling it "commercial sex" how stupid does that sound? Career option, how is becoming a harlot a career or an industry or trade or whatever? And how does one abuse others through sexual intercourse anyway? What an absurd idea."
"Your statement is very difficult, except for the first part to know what to make of it. Alot of the things you said are thought provoking, and intriguing, but I don't know, outside of the first part of your statement, what to make of it, if you are pro, or con or what."
"Phil you left out the ones that benefit from the prohibition the most and they are the worst among them. I know it's hard to believe there are worse people then lawyers, but I am referring of course to pimps. The laws that attempt to punish or curb immoral behavior that there is a demand for only create and escalate violent crime."
"From your second sentence on, you're off the subject. Why should prostitution not be legal? The only ones I see benefiting from it remaining illegal are judges, prosecutors, and even defense attorneys, all of whom make CUSIP money for every day that a convicted person spends in jail or prison. Did you know that for there to be due process of law, there has to be a sworn affidavit from an injured party? They hope you don't know that so they can convict you anyway, even without due process of law."
"Is this really needed to advance our society? There is always a better solution then just legalizing something."
"I don't know, but I do know one thing, it is a place for people who are against it, a way for them to lose their virginity.What is your so-called "solution"? Seriously, what is it? I, along with who knows how many people both pro and con can't wait to hear it. We await your reply."
"Yo Mammaaa - There are many disGusting jobs. Would you want to be a slaughter man in an abbatoir? How about a scene of crime (especially murder) cleaner? What of those people in India who tread leather in pools of urine?Rape is sex WITHOUT consent. Prostitutes consent once the price is agreed. If they are under the age of consent then it is illegal and should remain so.Why would you want to sell yourself? For the money to live? To support your family? Everybody meets someone for the first time. Legalised prostitution leads can use sites like Adultwork where working girls can pass on information on the men that use their services and gain advice on how to look after themselves. In that case the bad men can be identified. Closing one's eyes to the sale of sex for money will not make it go away. It just puts at risk those women (and men) who work in the industry."
"So are you saying we should re-criminalize alcohol like it was in the Machine-gun Kelly days? Who benefits from prostitution being illegal? Prostitutes don't, it's their chosen livelihood, at least temporarily while they need to. Clients don't, as many go to prostitutes because they are frustrated by their lack of a sexual relationship. Oooh I know! How about Law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, and even defense attorneys? The latter three make CUSIP money perpetually for every day a convicted person spends in jail or in prison. That's conflict of interest. For there to be due process of law in convicting someone, there must be a sworn affidavit from an injured party. You're not going to see too many of those among prostitution cases."
"Actually Spencer there is never a better solution then legalizing anything that does not directly harm an individual not involved by choice. It is what the word freedom means and it is not the governments place to say what is moral and what is not. There is a difference between not penalizing someone and agreeing with their behavior."
"So we shouldn't have freedoms because there is always a better way than freedom?"
"prostitution spreads disease and is a death sentence for some women!"
"Not if it's properly controlled through governmental oversight. Your fear of the spreading of disease is exactly why prostitution SHOULD be legalized. Thus, you've utterly failed to make your point."
"I'm pretty sure most escorts use condoms, and if the people involve choose not to... well... they know what they are getting into, and they have that right to act stupidly, right?"
"Being christian and having in mind that my body is the temple of God,i cant offer my body for sex in reward of payment."
"this isn't about you, no one is making you prostitute yourself. But just because your belief prohibits you from doing so which is totally fine you have no right to say others cant either. In the same way you can be christian and no one can say anything about it."
"Then don't. However Jesus didn't force people out of what he declared sinful either. Jesus was against forcing morality on others."
"No one is forcing you to do so. However, YOUR Christian beliefs don't let you get to tell someone else what they can or cannot do."
"If you need a job to pay for your family theirs always mcDonalds selling your body is vulnerable and weak!!!!"
"All humans are vulnerable and weak. Just consider what happened with pandemics of the past, the black plague for example killed such a huge chunk of Europe yet we cure it with a mold. Please remember we humans are human regardless of gender. Our needs and painful experiences are just as bad regardless of the gender. Men need this, women need this, it helps women survive in ways men cannot and it helps men keep their heads on straight and gives opportunities for sexual inner peace to those who are rejected by the whole world, unmarried men to boot. Men who cry themselves to sleep at night. With women it literally saves lives and MacDonalds cannot support 2-3 kids. Even so, it is their business what they do not ours."
"What about women who find it empowering and freeing?"
"Consider why prostitution had been outlawed in France: an epidemic of 10-year-old children infected with VD. Because these children were poor, they had no medical attention and were dying in mass numbers from gonorrhea, a fatal disease in left untreated. Men had their legal marriages to women, as well as legal access to women in brothels. This apparently wasn't enough for them, and the lack of restrictions imposed severe inhumane hardships on children, an epidemic of pedophiliac assaults. This embarrassed the government of France, which then determined prostitution is incompatible with the dignity of the human species."
"Kyle, don't waste precious energy with someone like the one who posted what your replied to, since they're an ANTI, which meane they LOVE the exploitation, and the bullying they do to the people who works as prostitutes, don't you, ANTI? They love to bully people who are in that industry. Making it legal would mean they lost that, and they have to accept the fact that other people will get the ones who they want. So, it's not even worth it, especially with the sob story they tell. Think about it, the antis love it, because this way, they can judge people, and come up with quite frankly ridiculous explanations, when they don't want to admit that they love bullying the males and females in the industry, and they know they can't do anything about it, so they want it illegal, because for them it is a power trip, right, ANTI? Why don't you anti's admit it?LEGALIZE PROSTITUTION, this way, the antis who we KNOW go to them more than anybody will give up their bullying of them. Thank you"
"So 1 + 1 =50? There is absolutely no connection between pedophilia and prostitution, legal or not.It makes no sense whatsoever."
"Gonorrhea is not fatal if left untreated. Second, you brought up an emotion based intellectually dishonest straw man. That human trafficking still exists, because now the police are arresting consenting adult prostitutes instead of the mafia who sells kids and forces them into sex labor."
"My heart breaks reading all the pro's and con's. It breaks because Woman and Men feel like prostitution is basically their only way out. It breaks because these men and woman are worth so so so much more and they don't even realize it. So many say they choose this lifestyle and that they enjoy it but I think deep down they just desire to be loved and told they are beautiful. They do not understand. My heart breaks over this issue."
"Your heart may break over the issue... but it's still their CHOICE. Personal feelings should NOT be a factor in legal matters. Do you think prohibition was a good idea?"
"I don't know where you get that they feel like that, but truth is unless your IQ is less than 13, you know what you are getting yourself into, and yes they DO understand. I don't know why you made a statement like that, especially since people put themselves in there, there are no victims, except for stupidity, and idiocy. They are worth what they want to be worth, not a sob story that teleivsion, or talk shows with media skanks such as the moralists, and feminists who not even a sexual predator would give a second glance to. Stop living in that fantasy world, and come down to reality, instead of that world where everyone lives in candy shaped houses, and see life as it really is."
"Well toughen up cupcake. Whether it bothers you that reproduction is the evolutionary driving force for all living things or not and that some need and want to pay for it/sell it does not matter."
"Just SICK.1) Have you ever seen places where prostitution is legal? Trucks & billboards driving around with naked girls on them. This is deeply disturbing for those of us who want to stay religious.2) The prostitute might get killed in the process and the murderer would get away3) MOST IMPORTANT: what happens if she gets a kid? I know there are birth control methods that makes it unlikely, but it's still a huge possibility. If she gets a child, the child doesn't get to have any type of dad or the child gets sent to an adoption center or the child gets killed (aborted) before they even get to see life."
"1) Prostitution is legal in the UK. I have not seen any billboards with naked women on them advertising sex services.2) Legalised prostitution would enable the girls to openly note the details of their clients and this would reduce attacks.3) She can abort it. Professional sex workers, like professional drivers, are far less likely to make a mistake. It is the drunk teenage amateur at her first adult party who is far more at risk. Should we ban parties?"
"Well, that's planned parenthood is for, and if she chooses to have an abortion, that is her business, and her business entirely. I say, go for it, if she chooses to.Prostitute might get killed in the process, but then again, ANYONE can get killed doing anything, whether it is having sex for money, or driving a cab, or even going for a walk in some areas.As far as naked girls advertising they do it in Vegas alot, but in Vegas, it is illegal, ironically.If it is disturbing, don't look, that simple.it's not sick, what is sick is the illegal aspect of it. I have seen places where prostitution is legal, and it is much nicer than the places that aren't, but don't worry, we will be seeing the cons or antis as I call them with them at some point. It will happen. If any antis become those, remind me not to pick them. End of story."
"1st, Prostitiutes are more at risk to get raped(82%) than to get killed2nd, if morality is the issue then your argument isn't valid"
"1) I'm sure that wouldn't happen in a place like the U.S. where you can't even say 'sh**' on television. We're overly sensitive about censorship.2) The point is that if the prostitute feels threatened by the client, they can deny patronage and have authority figures deal with them.3) (As for female prostitution because no one takes into account male prostitution), it could be a job requirement to be on birth control. Besides women can get accidentally pregnant by a man they don't know without prostitution. It's called a one night stand."
"All straw men. First off, don't look at the billboards and get over it. Nobody gave you the right to oppress others for the sake of your religion, including your religion I am pretty sure. Second, yes well it is much more likely the prostitute will get killed if we keep it illegal. They have no protection from the law currently and are more likely to be victims of violence now. Third, Unlikely but if she does it is no different than a single mom getting her kid from a one night stand. That's legal, why does money make it different?"
"1) Censorship decided by each country would dictate the fashion in which advertising can exhibit.2)The point of legalising prostitution is to regulate all activities with the assistance of government entities, unions, and health providers.3) WHOA you have this out like birth control isn't effective. Birth control pills are 99% effective and under legal supervision [and therefore standards] all would be required to employ the use of condoms, which are also 99% effective.On the off chance of impregnation, abortion is always an option, and abortion is legal."
"Considering that most prostitutes began their careers when they where 14 and under, it is outrageous that anyone could possibly defend this as a career choice! Prostitution hurts women and their children.. It is the option of the powerless...."
"What is your source on this? The MSNBC specials, or the interviews that Tyra and Diane Sawyer did? Come on. Diane Sawyer is a very biased person, and Tyra as far as when she did her interview and went undercover as one were a joke, and she was upset because no man wanted her when she went undercover as a prostitute. As far as what you said goes, I have to view it with some skeptisism. It only hurts the ones who are forced in it. Has it ever occured to you that maybe there are some that want to be in that profession because they like the sex, or the money? In response to what you said about hurts women and children, how about other things, such as being forced to conform to things they can't, because society says so? Think about it. That is all."
"Why would you assume that legalizing prostitution would entail legalizing child sex? Beer's legal, you still can't buy it or drink it til you're 21. Nobody is going to argue for legalizing child prostitution. If prostitution were legalized, it would certainly be regulated --- like alcohol --- and with those regulations would come recourse to law by sex workers.This would mean no pimps. Anyone operating as a booking agent or manager could be limited in the percentage of profits he or she could take. Abusive clients could be reported without the sex worker ending up in jail. Clients could EXPECT to be reported for misbehavior thereby deterring that misbehavior. Legalization would also mean that many of these things could be monitored by a non-police organization thereby freeing up police resources to pursue crimes against children and trafficked or kidnapped people.And let's not forget about the male prostitutes, either. The fact that they are so seldom talked about makes me wonder if we're not being terribly misogynist in our efforts to "protect" women. I'd rather we empower them."
"I agree. Prostitution is not a profession, not the oldest profession, but the oldest oppression of women and girls under a patriarchal society. If men and boys where the majority being prostituted, then the johns and pimps would end up in prison and get the same treatment that pedophiles get when they land in prison. Prostitution is rape -for-pay. Weather someone goes into out of perceived or real lack of economic survival choices or physical force, it is rape-for-pay. Until men and boys are 90% of those prostituted in prostitution, I say we don't legalize it. When men and boys become the ones who are used as cum receptacles for sexist pigs, then let's how the pro-legalization of prostitution people stand."
"First, call me old fashion but what kind of a man pays for sex? Statistically these men are abusers, cowards, and the majority of them are married (do your research). Something intended to be sacred is now a commodity. Not just any commodity but one that ranks third on the charts of highest grossing crimes in the world (right behind drug and firearm sales.) I am part of a team in NYC that prevents these types of crimes from happening and we are far from winning. I see these women. I know their names. Not a single one chose this life style but at some point their freedom had been taken from them. That does not mean they were all drugged, raped, or locked in a basement. Some of them were trapped by circumstances. Whether it's the fact that they are not legal citizens, don't speak the language, don't have an adequate education for a job, or they need fast money, it is easy to get trapped in this cycle. If this becomes a legalized industry those victimized will certainly multiply while leaving a small percentage of women with a less than desirable job. We all know that the demand for sex is great which makes this a very lucrative business. We cannot sacrifice the masses so that there is another taxable market."
"Well, alot of people, like Spitzer, Haggard, Swaggart, and alot of prominent people. Cowards are the ones who either go to children, or rape. Not all people who are paying for it are the ones you stereotype them as.As far as legalization goes, the money will help improve the economy. It would be beneficial financially, and the sex workers would have more protection, such as with law enforcement, and also can pay doctors to examine them, to make sure they are clean.How do you know they didn't choose that lifestyle? Do you think they will tell you the truth? No, because they know they won't get money from you. They made the choice to do what they do. What lured them? Money. Nothing more. As long as you pay, they will be with you, end of story."
"Not if you only allow professional women to handle the job. Would you hire one of those to clean your house to get them off the streets? These are the women that you are working "hard" for but I don't see anyone else offering them a hand and helping them to step up in the world."
"Actually I disagree. If prostitution becomes legalized, there will only be less "victimized". When a little girl sees a prostitute on the street (where they won't be if it becomes legalized), she is then exposed to the world of prostitution. Behind the doors of a brothel, they cannot be seen and she will remain ignorant of that world. Besides, if a man is going to cheat, he is going to cheat - whether it is with a prostitute or the next door neighbor."
"In a sense, all men pay for sex. Wives and girlfirends aren't just going to give out free ones whenever their partners feel like it, they like to be put on a pedestal first.Secondly, not all men who go to prostitutes are abusive or unfaithful husbands. Often they're just lonely men who want some physical intimacy."
"Congratulation on having a wife that doesn't hate sex. The horrid situation you describe in NYC is BECAUSE it is illegal and prostitutes have to exist as an underworld group. Also, because it's illegal and therefore done in an unprotected environment, healthy normal women don't want to participate in it, resulting in innocent young women being tricked and forced into prostitution against their will, often by being forced to get dependent on drugs. In a legalized environment, many women willingly choose to work in a brothel, where they have they can work safely in a structured environment where condoms are required and where their working conditions are regulated by state employment laws. I saw a special on TV about the Nevada brothels, and those ladies seem to be okay with their working conditions and they chose their line of employment. What you see in Nevada is what you would see anywhere else in the US that it gets legalized. If they're not forced, then they're not victims. If you're forced to flip hamburgers or do any other job against your will, you're a victim. Some con people point to conditions in 3rd world countries; not a fair comparison, because civil rights are bad there in general, not just for prostitutes."
"I hear you, Phil. Besides, as far as that one goes, maybe Lance who made this post is probably the one who pays for sex the most, but then again, ALL the antis do, but they just don't want to admit it. Most of them, if not at least 98% love to bully them, and want to keep it illegal, especially since if it was legal, they wouldn't have the power over the prostitutes, and that is what they want, the power over someone, because they don't have power over the hookers if it were legalized, and Nevada has the right idea, since they were the first state to do it right, unlike the rest of the USA. If people did legalize it, there would be help for those who want to get out.Bottom line, there are no victims, no matter what the sob stories edited by moralists and the right wing, so cut the bull, because antis LOVE the exploitation, so they can bully people, otherwise why fight to keep it illegal, right, ANTIS? You want to stop exploitation, LEGALIZE IT! Nevada did, and they helped alot of women. Something to try, antis, but you want to bully people, otherwise, why not fight to legalize it, unless you know I am right. End of story."
"Prostitution is discusting and considered by me RAPE. Why would you want to sell yourself for money, by somebody youve never met. Not only that, but not knowing where theyre from or what they possibly have. Its just wrong in my opinion and not a smart desicion."
"People choose what they want to do with their lives, and if someone wants money, and can sell themselves, why not.As far as decision goes, the people who are selling themselves do it, because they want to. People sell themselves all the time, in cases such as working for someone, you're selling yourself, doing baby sitting, you are selling yourself, modeling and acting, you are selling yourself. Getting money for sleeping with someone is a bonus, so what is wrong with that? Usually those who are against it, either go to prostitutes frequently, or are the kind that I described, such as bitter, ugly, bitchy women who know that not even a human trafficker or pimp wouldn't even give them a second glance. That wouldn't be the xase with you, would it? It isn't wrong to the person who is doing it, or the person who wants to buy it. Live and let live. You have the right to your opinion, but others have the right to theirs also. It is existing, so why not legalize it?"
"Prostitution isn't rape, that doesnt even make sense. The prostitute is obviously not getting raped since they offered their body in the first place. And as long as your 18 you should be able to make the choices you want concerning your own body. And if prostitution was regulated the business would be much safer and the possibiltiy of STD's would be considerably decreased. What people do, and who they do is none of your or anyone else's right to regulate. I dont want to be a prostitute. I dont like the idea of prostitution. But, you should be able to have sex for money if you want to."
"I find your spelling disgusting, but I digress. Others have pointed out the absurdity of calling it rape so I'll leave that alone. There are a lot of things that are "just wrong". That is not a valid reason to make something a crime. Should we imprison people who have affairs? They do more damage to more people and are the same thing at the core. Sex that people believe to be immoral. Whether it is or isn't (I believe it is), is not my governments place to say."
"Some people have so much sex with others they don't really know and enjoy it so much that they say, 'What the hell? Why not make some money out of it?' Legalizing it would mean prostitutes have the legal right deny customers who refuse to wear protection and this could PREVENT anyone unwilling from being FORCED into the business."
"although prostitution isn't your taste, it is not rape. clearly if it was rape you do not have their consent and you don't get money at the end of the day for it. not saying prostitution is right but there are so many better comparisons you could've said.and with your errors perhaps you didn't make the smart DECISION to write on this topic. consider yourself educated."
"Everyone is free to do whatever they want, you may see it as gross but put yourself in those womens place for once. Do you really think that they enjoy doing that? Of course not but sometimes they have to do it because they have kids to raise, family to support maybe you should think of ALL the reasons why women do that job instead of just judging and being ignorant."
"Well prostitution should be illegal b/c it is nothing more than sex slavery. Women who go into it willingly are just greedy b/c they don't want to work at McDonald's. Men who support prostitution do so b/c they don't want to be faithful to gf's/wives. Well I say these prostitutes and their clients should all get AIDS and die. Why should we make it legal and spend money for their healthcare, AIDS testing etc.?"
"Usually those who are against it, are often the ones who need those people the most. Besides, have you ever had interaction with them, outside of the illegal part, or aspiring? I doubt it, and you probably watch those moralist MSNBC sob story specials.As far as being faithful to their wives and gf's, what's your source on this, other than just beliefs or stereotypes? Most of you antis probably go to them, and want to push your point of view on others. To the antis, we know you go, or wish to keep it illegal so you can have those people to yourselves, as some have proven throught their feelings. Man, you con people sometimes crack me up."
"If someone wants to earn more money then its there choice on how they want to legally earn it. The Universal declaration of human rights' article 23 clearly states every body has free choice of employment."
"I disagree.1st, prostitutes usually do not claim all of the money that they earn, a pimp or another boss usually controls all Thier money. Prostitutes barely get any money form Thier superiors or Thier clients.2nd, prostitution isn't just a woman's job, men England 50% of clients were married, or cohabiting. According to Kinsey's report, 70% of adult men have engaged in prostitution at least once. Male prostitutes sometimes report that their clients include married men who identify as heterosexual. do it too."
"Couldn't have said it better."
"it should be illegal to work under a company or agency or contract or other business agreement (it already is illegal)i have found human sex trafficking victims, and in all cases, they were from other countries and came to the USA via an illegal business posing as an "escort service" with a "contract" binding them to work off their debts under threat of being sued... stupidest thing ever, and the victims don't believe me when i say the contract is void, they can leave any time"
"it morally wrong plus condoms break and people get pregnant then they abort and kill an innocent baby"
"Well, if you buy inferior quality condoms, then yes. Where did you get this morally wrong thing? Besides, if you put it in the birth canal, and don't use protection, then YES, there is a chance. About the innocent baby, who cares, it's not yours, and it's not mine, so why should it bother you ro me!? They have the right to do what they want, as we have the right to do what we want. So, they want to have sex, what's the big deal. If they keep it out of the birth canal, and use good quality condoms, or they have sex with someone who can't get pregnant, there is no problem. So, if a person wants to do that, why should it matter to you, right? I'm not attacking you, just offering another viewpoint."
"Morality isn't a valid answer"
"Well then you must not be a Democrat. Democrats believe in separation of church and state."
"It promotes using women and only demands more abuse and use of others. It is a crime and no women in prostitution wants to be, poverty and circumstances put them there. Our children should not be able to grow up with that as a choice of a job. It should not be accepted socially. I vote no and you should too!"
"Well, I vote yes. As far as our children, if ithey want to, that is their choice, not yours.What are your sources? Religion? The talk shows or MSNBC specials? Give me a break! Why not look at it from a different point of view?It should be accepted socially."
"You're wrong. It would promote using women if it remains illegal. What you call "using women" is being made by your wife and most women who, by lack of a accepted option, end up marring the fatter more perverted man because of his money. You are probably one of them, that would lose their pretty wife if they could get "financial help" in an accepted way. As you see, both sexes use the other to get something, and women will continue doing it regardless of it being legal or illegal. Also, those fatter perverted men get that perverted thanks to their possibility to "buy" woman, at high cost, and that "prohibited" and "luxurious" factors make them to get exited about that. If it was cheaper and safer, it wouldn't be that exiting anymore, actually giving wives a new reason to appreciate the.Also, if women have the choice to "finance" their life with the guy they like the more (not the more perverted one who hides in the underground) you could be surer that if a woman is with you, it's because she likes you. If she wouldn't, she could be with someone else."
"Why is that everyone is assuming that every single person out there that has ever sold their body, has to be a woman? You can't use the defence of, "It promotes using women and only demands more abuse and use of others. It is a crime and no women in prostitution wants to be, poverty and circumstances put them there." It can very easily be a male that is a prostitute. Dont just assume that if it involves a sexual act for money, that the 'victim' is always a woman."
"I completely agree with the promotion of using women statement and that is about the only reason I would say no to legalizing prostitution. Children already have it as a choice of job. Prostitution IS out there. Right now. The reason why cops don't arrest most of them? Because they have better things to do and prostitutes often help them in investigations as they are familiar with "that kind of crowd". I'm not trying to attack you here, as you have every right to your opinion and its good for you to express it, I'm just adding to the conversation and pointing out that you brought up a good argument."
"You are selling your body and soul to the devil."
"lol. How much would I have to pay for yours? I mean, come on. Selling a soul? That's ridiculous. Yeesh. I mean, can you come up with a better argument that "selling your body and soul to the devil?""
"Keep your religion to yourself."
"That's their prerogative. It's their body, not yours, so you don't get to making their choices for them or force your false morality upon another. That's the very definition of sanctimoniousness."
"in the state of minnesota 609.324,subd.2 prohibits soliciting engaging in personal contact or penetration, it does not prescribe a spectific age under that statute. Now can a person who solicit a person to engage in prostitution be also charged with soliciting a person to practice prostitution."
"This is a very confusing one, so the response is hard to make out. Can you clarify what you mean by this one in more detail? Thank you."
"there are other mean of earning income then selling your body..? is it safe to hook up with a prostitute or not?prostitute goes for money. would they care about health virus and other type of virus that will infect them and there client?"
"So do alot of other people, so on the money part, your argument is blown. Is it safe to hook up with a prostitute? That depends on how you look at it. If you go to a legal house, it is, because you know they are checked, and not only that, you are assured that you can live out your fantasy without people gossiping about it, and also bragging to someone how lousy you were, and become a laughing stock later, due to your poor performance.As far as selling your body, people do that all the time, and sex isn't always part of the equation. Example, people sell their bodies for science, such as test subjects for medicine, and products like soap and cosmetics so animals won't be used. Should that be illegal? They also sell their bodies when they model clothes, or cars, or nude paintings should that be illegal also? They also sell their bodies when they have to do stunts, such as race car driving, or boxing, and I guess you get the point. And many times they earn money for it, so how should prostitution be any different. Seems having sex is okay, until money is discussed. Hey, if a woman wants to sell her vagina, it's hers to do as she wishes. End of story."
"whether legalized or allowed, most prostitutes are victims ... more women than most people realize are forced into the business under threat of violence to them or someone they love and it they are taken to places where it is legal or simply allowed to flourish ... many many children are forced into this ... it is NOT good ... do you really want to live in a world where this kind of market is allowed and tolerated to exist? where children can be used as sexual slaves? anyone who is pro prostitution is unwittingly saying that it is ok to create a haven where children can be sold for sex ... even if it were legalized, women (and boys too) would still be considered and treated like "non human" by society and it would open the door to even more victimization ... i have a feeling that many people that think it should be legal have no idea what it's like to be forced to do something "legal" like that and be judged in a negative light because of it ... i am well educated and have been in the business and i know with every fiber of my being that prostitution is a crime against women (or boys) and legalizing it is not the solution at all ... legalizing it is a step back for civilization"
"Where it is illegal, no prostitute can go to the police to report a crime against themselves. Legalizing it would allow the workers to seek police protection from beatings and coercion. Let the cops go after the pimps, and let the workers work as legal service providers."
"Legalizing it would be a step toward civilizing the industry and moving society forward instead of backwards thepowerofno. I don't believe you have worked in that industry as you claim, and I believe that you have sources on this that are quite faulty like Diane Sawyer and that Tyra, who are very biased. I am sorry, but I can't take what you said as far as this seriously. Have a good day."
"I dont want my daughter to one day ask me what is prostitution ? What would you say "hun its were a women freely has sex with someone she doesnt know and she gets paid for doing it". For our goverment to say that this is right you try to explain that so a young girl. Prostitutes can spead STD's. The only reason you of you want prostitution should be legal for taxs, for your enjoyment thats sad that you have to pay someone to have sex with you. There are tons of other ways you can get money other than selling yourself."
"..First of all, taylor. If prostitution was legalized, it would be regulated and have to follow a health code, just like any other buisness. Its legal in many other countries, and regulated to protect not just the workers but their clients as well. legalizing it would actually be safer then keeping it illegal for that reason alone."
"Excuse me. It's a profession not a hobby. If your child understands enought to ask you then they know something about it already. Just explain to them that these women are trying to make a living, not exploit themselves."
"Usually those who are against it, are so, because they know no man wants them.I would say, that in the case of that, it is your choice, since you are the one who is selling it to someone. They want to pay you for it, it is a bonus.I doubt they would take a young girl. Most people would want an adult who is willing to do it. I don't know what your source is on this.Most women who are against it, do so, because of the fact that they know men get turned off by them, and are bitter, and want to spread that bitterness so they feel empowered to make other people miserable."
"I think prostitution shouldn't be legalized! It's a ridiculous idea to start with. In my English 1102 class we're writing positions essays, and I choose this topic because I feel that if the government were to ever make this legal it's like saying to the world it's okay to be a prostitute! I mean what would that say to the kids today when we're suppose to be setting an example...In taxing it like it's a career, is our society that desperate for money that it is willing to stoop so low to get it?"
"You can't start a debate by asserting that the opposing view is "ridiculous" without showing how. Why is it not okay to be a prostitute? Perhaps, if it were legal, it would be respectable. If your point is that it is messy and dirty, then we should make it illegal to be a garbage man? We cannot stop the fact that prostitution occurs, but by it being illegal, we open the door to criminals rather than workers."
"I understand where you are coming from. I want children one day and a husband, but there are a lot of jobs that we pose as careers that are not moral and set a bad example. Modeling is a career that is idolized but you have to be a certain size to obtain it. What kind of an example is that? A plastic surgeon is legal, so is that imposing that it's great to have plastic surgery done? Or what about the music and pop stars and movie stars that your children look up to? Are they the best examples? Setting the example comes from the parent and if your children want to something shouldn't you support them?"
"It -IS- okay to be a prostitute. It -IS NOT- okay to be egotistical, self righteous, or high and mighty. Unfortunately you are guilty of the latter. Even Jesus said so, read the Bible. Judge not lest ye be judged."
"Do you realize that many of these women and men are forced into this? It is never a choice.Most prostitutes don't even get half the money for selling themselves it all goes to Thier pimps.If I were you I'd be more concerned about the people who force the women into selling themselves and their clients."
"Sex without marriage is cheap. Sex for money is way underpriced. No question about it, women are being undervalued as just a way to get sex. It's harmful and not helpful in any way. There are so many better things you could do with your life. When you have sex before you're ready or doing it like this is very hurtful to your body, your emotional health and your social health."
"All of you who say " oh the women are forced to" or "they don't like it" are just flat out wrong. She wants to do it so she should be allowed to. She knows what she's doing. A prostitute once said that a job she had before a prostitute was more life demeaning. Explain to me why a prostitute should be forced not to be a prostitute because it harms her health. Why don't we illegalize the military, football, hockey, lacrosse I mean come on. People volunteer to join the military just like people want to be a prostitute. You may not like it or want your children to be one, and I would agree with that, but for some its a last resort job and even if its not its their body."
"Opinions should not be used in lieu of actual facts which is what you are doing. Prove how it's harmful and not helpful in any way. Just look at what criminalizing alcohol has done for instance. If it were legal, we would be able to monitor the businesses that sell sex, make sure they're up-to-date with health codes, have protection available for customers and workers. And to mimic what another poster had said... there are MANY jobs that is hurtful to your body, your emotional health and social health. How about celebrities?? Loooong hours that usually hurt them physically and emotionally and are usually not a "good" influence on society.. yet I bet you idolize some of those celebs."
"If you think it is underpriced and undervalued, then DON'T become a prostitute. SIMPLE as that.Leave those who do choose to be prostitutes accept their own decisions."
"These days you would be lucky to have sex IN marriage. What's the point? Besides that's a preference you speak of, not something that should be legislated."
"You make no legal argument whatsoever.Perhaps more importantly, even though the 'hard pressed, forced into it' minority are well publicised, they are still the minority."
"It's nasty. It'd just INCREASE the HIV/AIDS because more people would become prostitutes because it is LEGAL and more people will get HIV/AIDS because the people that already have AIDS will receive service from the uninfected prostitutes that will catch the HIV/AIDS and it will just spread from there on."
"What is your source on this? If you knew anything about it, you would know that in the cases of LEGAL prostitution, the girls would get checked. It's when people out there do stupid things, such as sleeping with someone WITHOUT PROTECTION, is when the people get HIV/AIDS. If they have it, they shouldn't do that. And as far as the people getting HIV/AIDS, it's because not only the ILLEGAL aspects of it, but because they are stupid enough to do it to begin with. If people had more sex education, and instead wee encouraged to practice safe sex, it wouldn't happen.What you said is unbelievable, and I don't mean that in a good way."
"that's not the problem with prostitution, that's the problem of real life! What do you think college students do? What do you think sluts and whores do? The only thing that's different is that prostitutes get paid for it!"
"Look, in many societies prostitution is highly frowned upon.2nd,Making prostitution legal would help those who do do it become safer so that they could afford condoms and etc....3rd, whta statistics support your statement?73% of people who are infected or are Carter's of HIV are men66% of transmissions of HIV/AIDS are through "male-to-male" sexual contact18% is transmitted through sharing needlesOnly 15% is actually caused by heterosexual intercourseIf you truly want to avoid AIDS consider avoiding sharing needles and oral sex.4th, if you feel that prostitution is "nasty" that's a moral problem not a legal problem."
"There is not a woman in the world that stays out of prostitution because it is illegal. The penalties are not so stiff that it's a factor in their decision. It comes down to morality, finances, and their willingness to accept being villified by society at large. As far as diseases go, there is a lesser risk if it is in the open because testing would be required as would strict condom policies."
"Even though Nevada hasn't had a single case since they started screening for it with their LEGAL prostitutes decades ago. Yep, quite possibly the weakest argument of them all. Not to mention sex workers use condoms more often than bar chicks."
"No matter what any of these comments say, women who subject themselves to prostitution are at a much greater risk of contracting STD's. Enough said. Not to mention that those participating do not pay taxes on their income which means they are using our roads, government funded healthcare, and public school system without chipping in. I am absolutely all for protecting personal rights, but quite honestly prostitution violates my right of living in a nation where women can survive through their intelligence and where men can be loyal to himself and his family."
"“We see very little STD among the working girls in these brothels,” says Dr. Randall Todd, who as state epidemiologist is in charge of tracking sexually transmitted diseases. “Brothel sex is extremely low-risk, probably a lower risk than to pick up someone in a bar whom you don’t know.” Dr. Randall Todd (Preforms the required STD tests for a Nevada brothel)In legalized prostitution in Nevada condom use is required and the rates of STDs are very low. And being legal workers the prostitutes pay taxes."
"First.. prostitution wouldn't be limited to women. 2nd.. if it were made legal... it would be taxed silly. How would it be ANY different (from a money perspective) than someone who gives massages or cuts hair?"
"Isn't it rather sexist to assume that men can't be faithful to their significant others if prostitution is legal? You ignore the fact that women cheat too, and I'm sure the rates are comparable."
"Think about the harm it's doing to her body. She is just being misused and only hurting herself the more and more sex she has. Even if a prostitute knows she has an STD or HIV, they continue to expose more people."
"you dont know what you are talking about unless you have been there. isn't she being even more misused and abused while being called a criminal? drunk girls in clubs do the same exact thing and expose other people to stds. very hypocritical and you are a woman. makes me disappointed"
"Hey, ANYONE can get an STD, such as the girls who hang around the bars and hook up with someone and go to the back alleys. What about junkies who inject themselves with tainted needles and all that. As far as the STD, if it was legal, they would have examination to catch the STD BEFORE it was spreading to prevent it from spreading. It's people like you who are making it more possible to spread. jodie, I like the way you think, you seem to have common sense, which is more than I can say for this person on here, along with the rest of the antis who we KNOW go to the prostitutes and pimps, even though they don't want admit it. There's no shame in it, but what there is shame in is the fact they want to keep it illegal, which is wrong, because as I stated on other posts, when you make it illegal, you give it to criminals, who don't care about anything but money. So, cons, or anits as I like to call you, keep making it illegal, you are giving the criminals all the money they want, and the victimizers aren't them, it is YOU, the cons, or antis as I call you. Leave it on your concience. End of story."
"For the prostitute and the client alike, isn't having sex without insisting on a condom kind of like choosing to drive through the woods with an 8 ft. 2-by-4 sticking out your window? I don't see that STD/AIDS thing as an argument against legalizing prostitution. If legalized, prostitution would largely be done in brothels, where they can set the rules requiring condoms, verses illegal prostitution where the client has a lot more to say about it. Look at Nevada. The brothels require condoms. Harm to her body? That's gradual. It seems she can gage that and change jobs if she wants to, without others stepping in, taking over that decision, and limiting women's choices of employment."
"Straw man, disproved over and over and over. It has been disproved over and over and over. Do you get it when I repeat that over and over and over? Look at Nevada, look at their condom usage vs the general population, read the studies."
"it violates everything women have fought for"
"No, it doesn't. Women have fought to have equal rights. If a woman wants to work as a prostitute, let her. Her working as a prostitute does not hurt any of her rights. The lack of regulation provides easy ways for women to be taken advantage of and have her rights taken away."
"Agreed. But what about the men who wish to be prostitutes?"
"you tell them Lily. And Kendra, yeah, they should have that right. freedom of choice is what it is, and people should have that right. They want to do it, let them. To the antis, try to come up with something more original, okay? Thank you. You go, Kendra and Lily. You go, girls"
"like you would know! we can do what we want if we want to so get over it!"
"what has women fought for? is this every women out there? I'm a girl myself and think the idea of making it legal is insane why we are even debating on the matter. but why not? women are already doing this all over the world as today when it is still illegal in most states. How does this violate everything? and what is everything? There's many levels of classes of women. The women who think this is the only way to make money. Then let them stupidly do it. For those who will never even think of the idea won't ever do it no matter if its legal or not. Same goes for the whores. People have no morals. That's all bullshit. I'm against the idea but i don't see why it cant be legal. Crime rates will decrease. Imagine if weed was legal. In some states it's already. Same concept applies except i believe our government should be involved in weed rather than prostitution."
"Do you realize that most prostitutes are actually men?"
"Everything? Their bodies their rights? I don't think so."
"imagine the African American community 400 years ago. There slaves. immoral, degrading and oppressed. leap to 2012. they received their "Freedom". Thanks to Dr. King And Malcolm X and others that helped our fight for equality. Now our countries are in a depression and its all of our faults! So Say the African community wanted to go back to the slave mentality, but in ways that make it "legal" where they can make a profit.would this be right? all the fight we and did to get this far! how about all the lives lost in this battle! whether African Uzbek Ukrainian Irish or any ethicist group you belong to you should have pride in your culture history. if The African community did this all other nationalities would follow in order to make money. where would all the pride go down the drain! along with all the things that make us human. If a women or man for that matter see their only way to make currency is to degrade themselves picture what kind of world we would live in 10 20 30 years from now! one that no one would want to live in. we legalized lots of things to make money and strengthen our nations,and we still fail to keep a balanced economy. We would eventually run out of ways to make money an lose real human nature.- @Jford_MN"
"Oh, man. I am so embarassed for you, I truly am. First off, if it is legal, it means that it is regulated, and under control. It is a choice if a person wants to sell their genitals. If they have something to share, why not. What is your source on this? Number 2, if it is legal, they enter the business because they want to. it's a mentality like the kind that was expressed by you that puts people back a step from advancing. Finally, if they want to do it, it is their business, not anyone elses. I suggest you get out in the real world, and explore. I am so embarassed for you, I truly am. If a person wants to do it, they should have the right to do so. It is their body, and it is pride, in the sense of individualism, nothing against culture, because alot of people in EVERY culture go to prostitutes.Yes it would be right to profit off of them, because they are the ones who choose, when it is controlled and regulated."
"Oh for the love of God really? Now we want to bring MLK into this? Equality means we have equal rights to do what we want. Freedom is the ability to do what we want. I think MLK was a moral person with strong Judeo-Christian values and would have frowned upon anything going against the Bible. However, dare I say it, it wasn't MLK's dream or mission to oppress other people's lives with his morality."
"they get violated and get taken advantaged of"
"That happens now because sex workers cannot go to the police and report crimes against themselves."
"Believe me, they are not being taken advantage of. They want it just as much as the guy does."
"this is true even thogh you havent been violated now dosnt meen you wont in the futuer"
"i say oh no because its just nasty i mean i know that times could be hard and everything and so geta job mcdonalds will do i mean not a lot of money but hey it will work ps you dont hav to sell your body!!!!"
"Working as a prostitute equivalents to having a minimum wage and having a home barely worth 10 bucks"
"I read through most of the pro's on this subject..I must say that everyone has good points (from their point of view)..however, i consider myself to be a Christian and I completely disagree. Prostitution should be illegalized. Many of the Pro-er's said that a person should have the choice to do with their body what they want...well what about illicit drugs? Should a person be left alone to inject, swallow, sniff or smoke drugs to get high? No! Why? Because it is dangerous. Going to the Biblical aspect of the thing, Yes God gave us the freedom of choice, BUT he also gave us rules to live by and if we broke them we had to ask for forgiveness and to have our sins "washed away." There was a prostitute mentioned in the Bible who suffered from a blood disorder - probably an STD - and she knew that if she was to touch the hem of Jesus' garment she would be healed. When she touched the hem of the garment Jesus said she was healed by her faith. She did not return to prostitution because she wanted to follow Jesus and live to his standards. Her name was Mary Magdalene. For those of you who are the Pro-er's look it up. Prostitution - in my opinion and beliefs - needs to be illegalized all over the world!"
"I'm a "pro-er" and a (devout) Christian too. That is a problem with some of us religious people: we think that because we believe something it should be put onto everyone else. Kinda like that England thing that America was running away from...oh yes, religious oppression. While I disagree with prostitution morally and advise against it for their own health (as you so politely put), there is no good reason for it not to be legal. In fact, if it were legal, officers could focus on the harder crimes such as homicide, drug and gun trafficking, and the like."
"If any of the pro views are logically valid, I have a hard time understanding how an omniscient deity would disagree. I fully support your freedom of religion but, the subject of morality is strictly a matter of logic and common sense, not faith."
"I think a lot of people tend to forget about the spouses, partner, etc. (both male and female) of these people using prostitutes...as victims of this crime as well... What I don't understand are those prostitutes or strippers (online or not) who agree to be what they are as a form of 'work' or 'job' when there are other things available for them...These men and women don't seem to realize they HURT other people by doing their 'job'. They are partners in destroying people's lives and families and perpetuate this stupidity and addiction...They can't grasp the concept that they may feel there is no victim there, but you know what there are - broken families, broken hearts, hurt feelings and lifelong suffering of STDs of the partners..."
"If you have given your faith and decided to share your life with a man who chooses prostitution, then you have chosen the wrong man. If prostitution was extinct the same man that seeked it when it was available will still seek sexual conduct when its not. Legalizing or banning prostitution will not change that. I am a man that has always been faithful to my wife. I have never cheated on her, because the moment I want to is the moment I will no longer be with her. What your describing has nothing to do with the act of prostitution, but with the deminer of the man you are with.I say legalize prostitution, and almost immediatley you will see the negative impact of it dissapear."
"The reason it has more negative is bc it is bs. First off, if YOUR husband cheats on you, with or without a prostitue, it is the same. He is the one doing you wrong bc he is the one that is supposed to care and love you. You can't expect that from someone who doesn't even know you or that you even exist. Your man owes you honesty and faithfulness. Affairs occur at corp and offices as well. Most prostitutes use protection bc this is a business to them. Affairs lead to feelings for someone and unprotected sex. At least he is not having feelings for a specific person other than you. Which is probably what he would do had he not paid for sex, considering he is the cheating type regardless. It is not the women that hurt you, it is your husband. You are your own victim. Only you can make yourself happy, no one else can. If your unhappy, change it."
"I agree completely with Reemo. Prostitutes aren't the "bad" people here, then married men who cheat behind their wife's back are the negative energy in this business. You talk so much about emotions and how hurtful it is but honestly wouldn't you feel safer knowing that your spouse cheated on you but they went to a Brothel, where the women are checked weekly, and you have less of a chance getting an STD. If your home was meant to be broken then it would happen one way or another. You can't control that."
"i can not understand why your comment has more negatives ... you make most excellent points that many people do not even consider"
"Prostitution should not become legal until 90% of prostitutes are men and boys who have not other way to survive, but to be used as sperm receptacles and until men and boys let others gang rape their a**holes for pay. Then let's talk about legalizing it."
"Hmm, interesting notion. They tried to make it legal in Nevada with men being that, but it didn't pan out too well.Gang rape their a**holes as you put it? Hmm, talk about graphic. Remind me not to talk with you about sex, lol.Now, legalizing it means people won't be forced into it, like they are with the illegal part of it. And I am sad to say that people who are against it are what are causing the problems, especially those antis who will go to them at some point, as I can predict for quite a few.Now, if you are against it, thats find you have the right to your opinion, but you should realize that by keeping it illegal, you are contributing to the problems that are arising.Something to think about."
"I can't find any statistics about the number of prostitutes who are forced into it. But if prostitution was legalized then the demand for prostitutes would remain the same but the number of ones willing would increase. Since it wouldn't be a crime then it would be easier and safer to go to a legal prostitute than an illegal one. Legalized prostitution does not have to function in the same way as illegal prostitution. Also in your argument you don't give a reason as to why the simple exchange of sex for money should be illegal. Not to mention that just by substituting women and girls, with men and boys wouldn't make the suffering any less severe. Take a minute to calm down."