When I hear sex work the first thing I think about is prostitution. Prostitution is everywhere in every country in some form or another I am convinced, and it is never going away. I went to Italy over the summer (Aviano) and it was so out there in your face that I was pretty shocked. In one spot near a strip club there was there was even a prostitute trailer that was allowed to sit outside and entice the people that were going in and out of the club. At first I thought it was just a weird strip club but now I am convinced that it was a legal brothel, go figure. There were so many “ladies of the night” here if you wore a too short of dress or skirt you might be mistaken for one. Hell no, not tonight!
Some people have thought that it should just go ahead and be legalized. So should it? Why not right? It’s happening anyways, along with weed and other illegal acts so why not tax it and make money from it. The girls will make their money, the pimps will make their share and the government will get their piece too, so everyone wins! One big happy family. “The fiscal cliff dilemma is prompting some novel ideas on how to reduce the federal deficit — including the highly questionable suggestion of turning Uncle Sam into a pimp” ( stated her on this cite) http://money.msn.com/now/post.aspx?post=49c1f746-9b02-4ba4-a60f-67d3ccc1a6b5
So turning Uncle Sam into a pimp huh? This is supposed to benefit the country by 6 billion dollars in federal income tax. One of the thoughts is that this will help increase the safety of the women in ways such as protection from pimps, heath care and the reduction of female being afraid to go to the police in fear of being arrested such after situations of rape. The belief is that if prostitution is legalized then they will no longer be afraid to report cases of rape or abuse, no longer afraid of being arrested. Save the prostitutes!
The question has come up, should prostitution be legalized? Let’s get real and be serious for a second, how can legalizing this “work”, be good? Like I said earlier if we legalize this we might as well legalize all the other things that we aren’t making money off of such as weed and the cocaine industry! Those alone make millions if not billions of dollars right there also. Sooner or later we will be known as the land of the free not only for our freedom but the freedom to do whatever the heck everyone thinks they should be allowed to do. Not everything should be legalized and I think that by doing so it is going to not only makes things worse but cause an extreme amount of problems in society. In countries where prostitution is legalized, there is such a significant expansion of the prostitution market that the end result is larger reported inflows of human trafficking. Not everyone that is a prostitute because they necessarily want to be one. I’m sure none of these women when were asked what did they want to be when they grew up screamed out “A PROSTITUTE! “. There are so many women being sex trafficked today and the legalization would not only quite possibly make it impossible for these women to escape but increase the amount of girls and women being stolen and forced into sex trafficking and prostitution. Pimps everywhere would get as many prostitutes as they could because more women, more money. The government just wants to get its piece of the sex pie, because I don’t believe this could be considered helping and making a better economy. This would also put what people are afraid to do in front of people right in the daylight, up close and personal in our faces and backyards? I am not sure if this will help decrease HIV, abuse, trafficking, pimps, etc., it would just legalize it in a way that it will be put in everyday society right next door. The only ones benefiting from the sex industry will be the pimp’s and owners of the brothels. “While appearing to promote public health, New Zealand law keeps the names of brothel owners a secret, thus making public health inspections of brothels an impossibility”(Farley2004). So who actually ends up being protected? All the law ends up protecting is the privacy of pimps, brothel owner’s and potential johns that no longer live in the fear of getting caught or arrested (Farley2004.)
(This is an article I read about the legalization of prostitution, ”Bad for the Body, Bad for the Heart: Prostitution Harms Women Even if Legalized or Decriminalized”) http://vaw.sagepub.com.proxy.lib.odu.edu/content/10/10/1087.full.pdf+html