Prostitution is, as they say, the oldest profession. Women and men have been selling sex to others who are willing to pay for them since the beginning of time.
In ancient Rome, they even ascribed it to the gods, having the prostitutes work as priestess in the Venereal Temples. They exchanged their favors for bits of gold offering to the goddess.
So it seems sort of funny that today, in most of the world, prostitution is illegal. This begs the question, should prostitution be legalized?
Now, let us come out by saying we are talking about consensual prostitution by grown women and men who are making the choice to sexual services. Obviously, human trafficking and underage boys and girls are a no-no.
But many sex workers are absolutely ready, willing and able to freely given consent – should that really be illegal?
Why People Think Prostitution Should Be Illegal
People have many reasons for wanting prostitution to be illegal. Mostly, these are religious reasons. They feel that sex should only be between a man and his wife, and that it should only be for procreation. To them, this means that paying for sex with a man or a woman is by definition bad.
Taking religious beliefs out of the discussion, there are also many who feel that nobody can really, freely, become a prostitute; that even voluntary prostitution is caused by economic motivations that border on desperation. They believe that people should be able to have sex with whomever they want to – and that adding money to the equation will lead to the prostitute being exploited.
The Other Side Of The Coin
So, there are reasons why people think prostitution should be illegal. But what about people who are in favor of legalization?
These people believe that men and women should be able to make their own choices about their own bodies. They argue that there are many reasons to give enthusiastic consent, and that economic motivations are a fair reason to consent to sex.
They also point out that traditional elements of marriage – from the expensive diamond ring to the man being the “bread winner” of the house – are essentially legally recognized models of prostitution.
It’s your body, they argue; you should be able to do with it as you feel. And as far as exploitation goes – isn’t someone working at McDonald’s for minimum wage being much more exploited than a man or a woman making a couple thousand a week as a prostitute?
Cleos On Nile in Brisbane believes that the people who are in favor of legalized prostitution are correct. Sex trafficking happens because prostitution is kept in the dark. Also, without regulations, STDs are much more easily spread. Legalized prostitution leads to more checks and balances, particularly concerning safe sex practices.
And at the end of the day, you’re never going to eliminate prostitution. There will always be people prepared to pay, and people who are willing to be paid.
The way forward is to legalize prostitution and keep it licensed and regulated. That way, you can make sure everyone is above the legal age and willing to do it. You can also keep a tighter rein on the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
Of course, Cleos On Nile is not advocating that anyone becomes a prostitute, or go to a prostitute. We are merely responding to the questions we receive, and this is one of the most popular.
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