(Closed) Spinoff: Prostitution

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: should prostitution be legalized
    yes : (110 votes)
    46 %
    no : (131 votes)
    54 %
  • Post # 3
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    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    No, it’s a down ward spiral for the women and the pimps seem to be the only ones who benefit. It should be stopped, which will probably be impossible to do, but these women (and men) are not treated like humans.

    Post # 4
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    3000 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    No way. I’m interested to hear why some people think it should, though.

    Post # 5
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    162 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    Yes. People are going to do it anyway, so let’s legalize it, regulate it, and tax it. To me, it’s the same argument as legalizing marijuana. It’s much more dangerous when it’s illegal. Legalizing would reduce crime, improve public health (mandated regular STD tests?), increase tax revenue, help people out of poverty, get prostitutes off the streets, and allow consenting adults to make their own choices. I also don’t think pimping would be an issue if prostitution were legal, as women could unionize and have real, legal representation.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I don’t think I know enough about it to form a definite decision, but my gut reaction is to say no. Or at least, not without an extremely rigid monitoring system, but I seriously doubt it would even get that far. Legalization talks can often be one of those things that would theoretically work perfectly, but it would become way to hard to enforce, one of my big hangups with the marijuana argument. Paying people for sex, much like allowing people to smoke weed in the privacy of their own homes, I really don’t have an issue with. Maybe it’s not my personal choice, but I am of the mindset that while I might not agree with your choice, I’ll defend your right to make it.

    Where it gets complicated for me is, it opens the opportunity even more for child trafficking and exploitation. That is my biggest red alert when considering how legalization would affect the overall sex trade. 

    Post # 7
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Yes, if followed properly there would more more regulation and less exploitation. Also, women would be kept track of because they would need to be licensed and they would be required to be checked out by a doctor. Hopefully, it would also cut down on trafficking of women and children in the U.S. ( HUGE problem here!). The whole idea is not to legalize prostitution so some gang banger down the street can beat and exploit women further it is to turn it into a legitimate business to protect the willing women who work there and their customers.

    Prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, it is not dying out anytime soon and it is irresponsible to think just because it is illegal that it will stop people from practicing.

    As a side not there already are legal brothels in the U.S. and is legal in Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Greece , Turkey, Hungary, Latvia and limited legally by countries like the U.K. and U.S. 

     

    Edit: There would also be th option to go to the legit prositiute for a “safe” time but  the black market would still be a problem.

     

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @KatyElle: I agree about the trafficking and exploitation. Just because something is technically legalized, doesn’t mean that everyone will follow all the rules.

    Post # 9
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    741 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Absolutely not. It encourages human trafficking of women, and many times the well-being of these women and their families are threatened if they try to leave. I don’t think women should be the ones punished because there are too many cases in which they are the victim, however the laws in many countries need to change to punish the pimps and consumers of this trade. 

    Post # 10
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    104 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @Au Jardin: Oh you make a very good point that it is the women who are punished for thier vicitimization, no the men controlling them!

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    it’s legal in Denmark as well but you have to pay your taxes.. not sure how they keep track of that though. it’s pretty much a non issue as far as I can tell. it is however illegal to be a pimp so maybe that helps.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    I can see the benefits such as taxes, making is safer through mandatory STD and drug testing, getting rid of pimps, etc… but no. I still don’t think it should be legal.

    Post # 13
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I think it should, because in my opinion, it is going to happen regardless. And if it it legalized, at least there can be some sort of regulation on it (required testing). 

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I vote “yes”.

    As far as “if it’s legalized, it doesn’t mean people will follow the rules”, that may be true, but it’s illegal now in most states so there are no rules!

    I personally think since prostitution is currently banned in most states, that it fuels sex-trafficing. If it were legal, I think it would decrease sex-trafficing. 

    Prostitution is legal in Nevada. I think legalizing it gives the women working in the industry a lot more control over what goes on. Also it makes it safer for the clients of the industry because the woman are required to get STD screenings and be licensed.

    I don’t want my husband going to a prostitute, or my future children becoming prostitutes, but I do think it should be legal. Just because I don’t want my family to partake doesn’t effect my legal view on it. 

    I also find it strange that porn is legal but prostitition is not. Sex for money is okay as long as there’s a video camera involved!

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I definitely see how it could take the control away from the pimps and let women (and men) decide how they choose to use their own bodies. It would mean members of the sex trade are required to license and register with the state, therefore becoming legally accountable for their sexual health. I do believe porn industries are obligated to maintain certain standards legally, but of course again, I don’t know enough about that to say it’s the truth. 

    It would also empower women of the sex trade with legal protection if their rights are violated. Many women who are involved in the sex trade will not step forward in cases of rape or abuse because what they are doing is illegal in the first place. I definitely see the benefits, but I still feel in many ways with the expansion of the sex trade, there would be a significant rise in underage victims being used and exploited.

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