Question: What do you think about prostitution and should it be legal?
In my opinion prostitution is degrading to girls and women (and boys/men) and treats them as
Prostitution Exhibit (Photo credit: JeromeG111)
though they are only a body to be bought and sold for sex. For many in the ‘industry’ they are there because they have nowhere else to go due to limited education or they were abused at home as young people so ‘escaped’ one bad situation for another. Some prostitutes are not even there of their own free will as they have been ‘trafficked’ by someone wanting to make money off of them. Or they get ‘seduced’ by the idea of ‘easy money’ then find it difficult to leave because they’ve become drug users or see no other possibilities for themselves. Of the percentage of women who are actually their voluntarily I still think they are lying to themselves if they believe they are in control of the situation. Even if they chose to be there it is because other safer opportunities weren’t available to them that would pay the bills.
I just can’t imagine how selling one’s body to a stranger for sex is in anyway desirable. There are so many risks involved in prostitution not limited to STIs (sexually transmitted infections), such as violence and exposure to drugs. What about the damage it does to one’s psyche too?
Then there is the morally reprehensible issue of children being sold for sex to anyone sleezy enough to think it’s okay to have sex with a child. The problem is the children don’t choose to be there-how could they? so any child in prostitution is a victim. Somebody trafficked them into the sick business and there seem to be no shortage of disgraceful people willing to have sex with them. Even if a minor is in prostitution ‘voluntarily’ think about what their situation must have been like growing up if they saw selling their bodies for sex as preferable to staying home. There is just no way I can see prostitution as acceptable. Not the way it currently is anyway.
If prostitution were legalized it might help provide some standards to the ‘industry’. The children would hopefully never be allowed into the industry and women would perhaps be assured of some safety. Male prostitutes would be safer too since not only women are involved in selling their bodies for sex.
I don’t like the notion of people selling themselves or having to do something that takes away their sense of self worth but I don’t see prostitution going away. So if it were legalized maybe the prostitutes could have protection from the outdoor elements, violence, and being ‘ripped off’ by those wanting the sex without having to pay for it. Protection from STIs with use of condoms could be enforced better with proper standards too. Drug use could also be monitored with the right standards. There could be surveillance of those using drugs and those wishing to have a drug free space. Honestly, I don’t know how people can have sex with strangers without being high or seriously dissociated. Who are the people who can honestly say they are able to sell themselves for sex to strangers and be present in their bodies at the same time?
In an ideal world people would only have consensual sex with people they want to have sex with but it’s not an ideal world. Thus, I support legalizing prostitution if it means helping those in the industry be a bit safer than they would be otherwise.