From biblical times, to current times, and until the end of time, prostitution has always been an intricate part of our societies. Throughout the years there have been many reasons as to why people are drawn to prostitution including lack of education, poverty, and even personal choice. Regardless of the reasons, people still enter the lifestyle understanding the potential risks, disease, abuse, criminal charges, and even death. However, if society would consider taking a responsible view towards prostitution these risks could be lessened. Although the drive against prostitution remains a conscientious cause and the potential for human trafficking remains a viable threat, legalizing this profession would increase civic revenue, better distribute law enforcement, and decrease the risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
For those crusaders who think that prostituting is immoral, this proves to be the least supported argument. Sadly, most often the crusaders themselves are engaging in their causes only to elevate their status and generate an influx of new resources (Ronald Weitzer, 33). There are so many things considered to be immoral by large numbers of people. Divorce is perceived to be a sin to the majority of Christians. Tattoos, pornography and same-sex marriages are just a few things considered immoral by much of society. Why then, if these are legal, should prostitution be any different? Consider the fact that pornography is legal, as is the adult film industry. How is it perfectly legal to be an adult film actor or actress, get paid for performing sexual acts, videotaping those acts, and then sell the tapes for profit? Even though, it is illegal to perform consensual sexual acts for profit and exclude the videotape. There is no logic behind that.
Thankfully, the logic behind human trafficking is something most of our society can all agree is immoral. However, the issue of human trafficking is often simplified, out of ignorance, to simple prostitution. There is a lack of understanding the differences between human trafficking for sexual exploitation and prostitution (Batsyukova, Svitlana) . Someone who has been victimized by trafficking is almost always held against their will through lies, drug abuse, or some means of force. There is nothing decent, consensual, or benevolent about human trafficking. However, two consenting adults who engage in sexual intercourse can be a decent, continual, and even benevolent act. In order for these two very separate acts to be dealt with accordingly a separation must be made between them. Once a separation has been made between these issues law enforcement can focus attention towards eliminating the need for trafficking.
Legitimizing prostitution would foster a culture that would not be consumed with criminal activities. Fighting illegal prostitution is a waste of our tax dollars as well as the time spent by law enforcement. In 1985 it was calculated that each of America's biggest cities spent $12m a...