In the contemporary times, prostitution is either legal or illegitimate reliant on the country or jurisdiction (Cho, Dreher, and Neumayer 67). The legal position of prostitution differs from nation to nation (at times by region) and varies from being permitted, to a criminal act, or a regulated career. The legalization of prostitution will lead to the safety of sex workers since they will not fear prosecution while reporting any matter to the law enforcement officers. However, it is by definition humiliating to women as it undermines their dignity by making them appear as products that can be sold, bought, and misused. The legalization of prostitution has both its positive and negative aspects.
Legalizing prostitution will result in the life of the commercial sex workers becoming safer hence acting as a means of assisting in the adherence to the law and eradicating the traffickers and pimps who take advantage of prostitutes. The trafficking gangs succeed since the sex business is driven in secret. Moreover, police officers will be in a position of using resources in the clear out of felons, such as the existing criminal gangs. Superb social conditions in places such as New Zealand and Switzerland even after the legalization of prostitution demonstrate that it is effective if legalized and controlled (Cho, Dreher, and Neumayer 67).
Internationally, the prostitution sector is worth over $180 billion, with respect to the latest analysis of the black economy (Huisman and Kleemans 217). This makes it evident that income from prostitution could yield high tax revenues. It has been approximated that the legalization of prostitution in the US could result in about $20 in the form of tax. In a nation like Germany that legalized prostitution in 2002, the government collects approximately €15 billion (Huisman and Kleemans 217). It is, therefore, the high time that the sex industry got legalized and taxed akin to other businesses to make the arising proceeds benefit the community.
On the other hand, the legalization of prostitution will be morally wrong as it will result in greater moral decadence. Making sex a service for trade will weaken normal human bonds, family values, and marriages. In nations where prostitution has turned out to be legitimate and is taxed, there has gradually been an upsurge of pimps. The wickedness of prostitution has been identified all through history and making it illegitimate is a way of safeguarding the purity of the community’s fundamental principles. The legalization of prostitution will act as an affront of the religions around the world.
Disregarding the “happy prostitute” falsehood affirms that the majority of women and girls are coerced into prostitution, especially attributable to poor economic status. Prostitution is tantamount to paid rape. Because a huge fraction of prostitutes is made of females when judged against their male counterparts, the legalization of prostitution will worsen their subjugation in male-dominated communities and generate an apparent snub to the perception of gender equality. The elimination of the legal hindrance will show the new cohorts of men that females are just sexual objects.
In conclusion, legalizing prostitution will not make it morally right or riskless. Rather, such a move will cheer men to solicit sex with any woman, which will lead to the augment of infection with STDs. For female prostitutes, being alone with a strange man will leave them vulnerable to hostility and compelled engagement in unprotected sex. Though legalizing prostitution will boost its income even to the government, it will undermine the dignity of sex and the pride of women. Since its drawbacks outweigh its merits, prostitution should not be legalized.
Cho, Seo-Young, Axel Dreher, and Eric Neumayer. “Does Legalized Prostitution Increase Human Trafficking?” World Development, vol. 41, no. 2, 2013, pp. 67-82.
Huisman, Wim, and Edward Kleemans. “The Challenges of Fighting Sex Trafficking in the Legalized Prostitution Market of the Netherlands.” Crime, Law and Social Change, vol. 61, no. 2, 2014, pp. 215-228.