Should we legalize prostitution?

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by iBlazed, Jan 15, 2015.

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Should Prostitution be legal?

  1. Yes.

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  2. No.

    8 vote(s)
    18.6%
  1. iBlazed macrumors 68000

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    This randomly came up in the Jews with Guns thread and I would like to discuss it further so I started this thread. Should we legalize prostitution? It's not like the laws that prohibit it have done anything to curb what is considered to be one of the oldest professions in history. At least if it's legal and brothels are heavily regulated by the state and everyone is checked frequently, this could take the STD's, violence and pimps out of the profession altogether. The new tax revenue would do wonders for the country. Discuss.
     
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    You should add an "I don't know" option, because, you know, I don't know.
     
  4. aerok macrumors 65816

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    I personaly would never pay a prostitute but I see no reason why it should not be legal, minus religious reasons.

    Whoever voted no, care to explain why?
     
  5. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    I don't think it matters either way. The bad elements will remain.

    Most prostitutes are not doing it by choice, they are pimped by an individual or criminal organization, it's basically a form a slavery.

    Most of those that do it own their own, do it for a drug habit.

    Now take the pimped and drug addict prostitutes away, and you will probably have a shortage of demand.

    Look at Nevada. According to WIKI , it's only brothels in select towns with a population under 700,000 away from residential areas. Also they have laws against engaging in prostitution outside of licensed brothels. Then there is weekly and monthly testing, fees, and etc.

    So basically, legal prostitution is nothing like how people go on Craigslist and meet at a hotel or have someone come to their place. Guys order girls online like they do with pizza. I would bet that more money is made in illegal prostitution in towns where the legal brothels exist.

    Also, unfortunately there is a demand for the underage, which is one reason why human trafficking is a problem. And that's never going to be legal.
     
  6. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    Why not?

    That's the real question. When anybody asks "Should pot be legal", "Should gay marriage be legal", "Should prostitution be legal" etc, I ask why should it be illegal? If you can't come up with a good answer for why it should be illegal then the conversation is over for me.
     
  7. bradl macrumors 68040

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    Not entirely.

    Prostitution is illegal in Clark, Washoe, and Douglas counties (Clark covers the entire Las Vegas area; basically I-15 from the NV/CA state line to the NV-AZ state line, going towards Salt Lake City; Washoe county covers Reno; and Douglas county covers Carson City). Anything else outside of those counties is fair game, unless city law prohibits it.

    Right now, the only 'major' cities outside the counties listed that have prostitution legal (read: open brothels) is Winnemucca, and Elko. Everywhere else is legal, but most brothels have shut down.. not many people are going to come in to visit if you are out where there's nothing but miles and miles of nothing.

    BL.
     
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  9. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    Well if it's legal, it would have to be done by the book. I feel the majority of prostitution will not be done by the book anyways if it were legal.

    Clients would not like any record keeping, especially any official record keeping.

    Also, you can't just decide to use your car as a cab, without going though the proper legal procedures. Same would be for the prostitutes. Nobody would be able to sell themselves on a whim, or do so outside legal requirements.

    I think it would be a waste of time to even focus on making it legal, unless there are very few restrictions on it. Otherwise, clients will just remain buying sex the illegal route.
     
  10. P-Worm macrumors 68020

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    Many prostitutes are trapped in their profession and can get abused. I think the bigger question is "How can we help them find better jobs?"

    P-Worm
     
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    Not all. Not the escort type (or at least not all of them). And let's not forget male escorts that service men (more numerous then male escorts that service women).
     
  12. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Heck yeah, make it legal, tax it, make sure they are regularly tested etc. :D
     
  13. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    Why would there be religious reasons against prostitution? Back in the olden days, temple ho's was common as STD.:p

    And for the Christians hollering against it, one of Jesus' ancestors, Tamar, pretended to be one (Genesis 38). Another of Jesus' bloodline WAS a ho, Rahab (Joshua 2).:eek: Hail, the Old Testament is full of prostitutes. If not for Oholah and Oholibah (Ezekiel 23), you'd be hard pressed to get a teenage boy interested in bible studies.

    Lets not get started on Pagans...:eek:
     
  14. aerok macrumors 65816

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    How are they trapped? And what defines better?

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    Let's take Christianiaty for example and most other religions, no sex outside marriage. I don't agree with it, just saying.
     
  15. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    Restaurants yes, food carts no.

    (seemed like a rough analogy)
     
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    I'm surprised the feminists haven't been all over this. After all, no state or federal law should be able to control what a women does with her body, right?
     
  17. bradl macrumors 68040

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    Let's answer that with another question.

    In another thread, you stated that you are married. Would you be okay with it if your wife decided to sleep around with people of both sexes, whether or not they have STDs, and bring that home to you and your family? After all, no state or federal law should be able to control what a woman does with her body; including those laws governing marriage.

    BL.
     
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    It's her body, what right do I, a male of privilege, have to an opinion?

    Also, if prostitution was legalized, women wouldn't have to have dangerous sex in back alleys.
     
  19. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    Some are. Took this from wiki:

    Notable feminists who support sex workers' rights[edit]
    Activists and scholars who are proponents of the pro-sex work position include: Margo St. James, Norma Jean Almodovar,[57] Kamala Kempadoo,[58] Laura María Agustín, Annie Sprinkle, Carol Leigh (also known as Scarlot Harlot), Carol Queen and Audacia Ray.
     
  20. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    And ...

    A Feminist's Argument On How Sex Work Can Benefit Women

    And ...

    This is a feminist issue because...legalized prostitution.
     
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    That's probably the only thing you've ever said that I actually agree with. :eek:
     
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    Not really, not at all. Streetwalking brings down property values, encourages loitering, constant cruising of cars, and other altercations.
     
  23. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    Sure ... because it's a crime.

    Most crimes that I can think of wouldn't be good for property values.
     
  24. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    But they still would, to avoid taxes and other costs. The majority of prostitution wouldn't change just cause it's legal. Maybe not in no back alleys as you described, but hotels and going to the client's home would still take place and is just as dangerous.

    I wouldn't think this is the type of profession that willing sex workers would want Uncle Sam to take a cut from. Nor pay fees.
     
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    The government has no business criminalizing sex between consenting adults.
     

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