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Should Prostitution Be Legal?

Should Prostitution Just Be Legal Already?

There's an article in LA Weekly about women who take up sex work to support families, particularly at legal brothels in Nevada.

It's kind of amazing to hear the women speak. While financial difficulties led most to call on the world's oldest profession, they seem to feel positive about their choices. Two said they "like sex," so why not get paid for it, and most said it was a better deal than the low-paying, clerical jobs they schlepped through before. Yet because they're supporting children, parents, and partners — one pays her cancer-stricken boyfriend's medical bills — most are just getting by, but that's a step up from before.

More notable is the fairly pleasant work environment, save some debaucherous quirks you'd expect at a brothel, they inhabit. Using condoms is de rigueur, and a doctor comes by once a month to test for HIV and other STDs. The houses are stocked with food, and women can write in suggestions for what they'd like more of. Meanwhile the pimp, and owner, sounds like an overzealous manager, an X-rated Michael Scott, who moonlights as a motivational hustler speaker.

It all creates a whole new model for how sex work could work if it were legal. With laws for sex-worker rights passing, maybe it's only a matter of time before it is. Would you want it to be?

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shreerose shreerose 6 years
Yes. I wouldn't do it myself, because I am too prideful, but if other people enjoy it, what is it to me?
amber512 amber512 6 years
Technically it is already legal in the sense of trophy wives.... But anyway, I am against it ethically, but do think it should be completely legal amongst consenting adults.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
If you aren't with it ethically, don't participate! Anyhow, I think legalizing prostitution would help get rid of pimps - who abusive the prostitutes and take their money.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
ewwww no
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
Bryseana - in many places in the US, the age of consent is under 18. I do think it should be legalized. On an ethical standpoint, prostitution isn't a way of life I picture as ideal or would ever choose for myself. However, legalizing it will only make it safer for those women who do choose it, and I can't help but be prone to supporting anything that would help protect women who are obviously pushed to choose something like this because of poor circumstances elsewhere in their lives.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I watched a special on tv about street prostitution. A lot of the girls (runaways) were under 18. So, even if it were legalized, there will still be underage girls on the streets. It will always be illegal in that sense.
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
Eh, I'm kinda on the fence with this one. If it was legalized it would be controlled better, which controls the spread of STD's, but like Brys said I'm not with it ethically.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
Yes. It can be controlled much better. I also agree that legal or not, it's happening.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
A person can give it away for free legally, why not sell it? I voted yes. It's going to happen, legal or not.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
Legally, yes. Ethically, I don't know.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 6 years
I think it should be legalized, yes. ITA with postmodernsleaze. postmodernsleaze, that sounds like a really good read. I should check it out. :D I need a good book...
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
Legalization means better safety regulation for both customers and workers, so of course I agree with its legalization. Nevada has done a pretty good job at this. Madam: Inside a Nevada Brothel by Lora Shaner is a pretty interesting read about the daily ins and outs of a working girl if anyone is interested in what brothel life in Nevada entails.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 6 years
I agree completly with French Kiss.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 6 years
I said yes. To legalize means to control better, and to improve the conditions when it happens. because anyway, prostitution can never stop, we know it wont, legal or not, so they should just legalize it.
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