The Truth about Prostitution
Prostitution is a major problem in the United States today. The way we treat these victims as criminals is simply unacceptable. Found in “Business Insider” a study of San Francisco prostitutes showed that as many as 68% of them have been raped and an astounding 82% had been assaulted. Also found on Business insider is a study conducted on the prostitutes in Colorado Springs which showed that prostitutes are 18X more likely to end up murder victims than those who do not prostitute. So the question remains, what are we going to do about it? Legalizing Prostitution would not only protect these women and give them the chance to seek safety and justice, but would also boost the economy and reduce the spread of STDs.
When it comes to prostitution there is a big taboo button ready to sound anytime someone brings it up, but what if it was a normal subject? The porn industry has always been legal and was grossing up to 10 billion dollars in the US as of 2007. Found by These revenues decreased by nearly 50% during 2007 through 2011, because of all the free pornography on the internet. Creating a need for more revenue, and they weren’t lying when they say “Sex Sells.” If it’s filmed then, paid sex is legal, and even a hot topic. So what makes prostitution so different? Well people believe that the porn industry is a normal part of life that it has always been around, while prostitution has been illegal and consequently is looked down upon. People are so caught up in what they know, that they don’t realize it is actually less vulgar. Paying a woman or man to sexually please you is more personal than paying a couple of strangers to have sex with a camera crew watching, and yet people find it more disturbing because of the media and the current state of the underground prostitution ring.
Currently prostitution is bad and the people who are involved in it are criminals, so why not change it to a safe industry full of healthy, normal people? Legalizing prostitution could take the money that is currently in the hands of pimps that are often involved in other illegal activities and give it to the people. Keeping prostitution illegal is not only hurting our economy and giving power to the wrong people, but it is also hurting million. Spreading disease and having to stay hidden, ashamed of the life they have lead, these women and men are searching for a way out and for protection. Legal prostitution is safe with laws and regulations to protect everyone involved. There will be STD testing regularly, and birth control is always used. The Johns’ identities are kept discrete but also in legal papers. There would be contracts and licenses; it would be an everyday business down the street.
Most brothels will be owned by families not corporations; this allows them to directly benefit the public. Legalizing prostitution wouldn’t just be a small income, according to Dennis Hof (the owner of the Moonlight Bunny Ranch in Nevada) the American...