Should Prostitution Be Legal?

Proponents of legalizing prostitution believe it would reduce crime, improve public health, increase tax revenue, help people out of poverty, get prostitutes off the streets, and allow consenting adults to make their own choices. They contend that prostitution is a victimless crime, especially in the 10 Nevada counties where it remains legal.

Opponents believe that legalizing prostitution would lead to increases in sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS, global human trafficking, and violent crime including rape and homicide. They contend that prostitution is inherently immoral, commercially exploitative, empowers the criminal underworld, and promotes the repression of women by men.


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Prostitution Defined

Brothels

Crime

Decriminalization vs. Legalization

Economics







Notices for Legal Prostitution and Other ProCon.org Information (archived after 30 days)
US and State Prostitution Arrests, 2001-2016
5/14/2018 - See the total prostitution arrest numbers for each state and the nation in our newly updated resource, and discover which 10 states had the most prostitution arrests per 10,000 people (Nevada was number one with 10.83) and the total number of arrests (California was number one with 7,601).

US Federal and State Prostitution Laws and Related Punishments
5/4/2018 - Prostitution is illegal in the United States with the exception of 10 Nevada counties. Examine our updated resource detailing the laws and penalties of all 50 states, DC, and the US federal government.

100 Countries and Their Prostitution Policies
4/23/2018 - Of the 100 countries featured in our chart, prostitution is legal in 53, limitedly legal in 12, and illegal in 35. Review our updated resource for links to laws and other snippets of information.

Archived Notices

Last updated on 5/14/2018 1:36:04 PM PST

Proponents of legalizing prostitution believe it would reduce crime, improve public health, increase tax revenue, help people out of poverty, get prostitutes off the streets, and allow consenting adults to make their own choices. They contend that prostitution is a victimless crime, especially in the 10 Nevada counties where it remains legal.

Opponents believe that legalizing prostitution would lead to increases in sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS, global human trafficking, and violent crime including rape and homicide. They contend that prostitution is inherently immoral, commercially exploitative, empowers the criminal underworld, and promotes the repression of women by men.

PROS & CONS BY CATEGORY
CORE QUESTION

Prostitution Defined

Brothels

Crime

Decriminalization vs. Legalization

Economics

Health

Human Trafficking

Marriage and Prostitution

Morality

Personal Freedom and Liberty

Pornography

Red-Light Districts


100 Countries and Their Prostitution Policies


Percentage of Men (by Country) Who Paid For Sex at Least Once: The Johns Chart


State Medical Marijuana Laws











Notices for Legal Prostitution and Other ProCon.org Information (archived after 30 days)
US and State Prostitution Arrests, 2001-2016
5/14/2018 - See the total prostitution arrest numbers for each state and the nation in our newly updated resource, and discover which 10 states had the most prostitution arrests per 10,000 people (Nevada was number one with 10.83) and the total number of arrests (California was number one with 7,601).

US Federal and State Prostitution Laws and Related Punishments
5/4/2018 - Prostitution is illegal in the United States with the exception of 10 Nevada counties. Examine our updated resource detailing the laws and penalties of all 50 states, DC, and the US federal government.

100 Countries and Their Prostitution Policies
4/23/2018 - Of the 100 countries featured in our chart, prostitution is legal in 53, limitedly legal in 12, and illegal in 35. Review our updated resource for links to laws and other snippets of information.

Archived Notices

Last updated on 5/14/2018 1:36:04 PM PST