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 11 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)
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.

Opinion Polls/Surveys on Legalizing Prostitution
3/29/2018 - In 1978, 24% of respondents thought prostitution should be legal; in 2016 this number had risen to 49%. See our updated resource containing results from opinion polls and surveys on the topic of prostitution from 1978 to 2016.

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Last updated on 4/23/2018 10:42:38 AM 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 11 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)
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.

Opinion Polls/Surveys on Legalizing Prostitution
3/29/2018 - In 1978, 24% of respondents thought prostitution should be legal; in 2016 this number had risen to 49%. See our updated resource containing results from opinion polls and surveys on the topic of prostitution from 1978 to 2016.

Archived Notices

Last updated on 4/23/2018 10:42:38 AM PST