“I don’t understand why prostitution is illegal. Selling is legal. Fucking is legal. Why isn’t selling fucking legal?! You know, why should it be illegal to sell something that’s perfectly legal to give away? I can’t follow the logic on that one at all! Of all the things you can do, giving someone an orgasm is hardly the worst thing in the world. In the army they give you a medal for spraying napalm on people! In civilian life you go to jail for giving someone an orgasm! Maybe I’m not supposed to understand it…” – George Carlin
Ask most people whether or not they think something like prostitution should be legal and I’ll wager the vast majority will say, “Of course not!”
Ultimately, why is it? Why should be it? The case argued almost 100% of the time is the “moral issue.” People say, that if you allowed prostitution, it would lead to a decline of morality and would encourage people to be more promiscuous, etc. Firstly, these people always seem to ignore and/or rationalize people’s freedom to do the exact same thing as long as money isn’t involved (perfectly legal and socially acceptable to be a male or female “slut” or shoot a porno and be paid as an “adult film actor/actress”). Secondly, is that assertion even true? To find out, let’s review a little known point in history: When Rhode Island accidentally decriminalized prostitution between 2004 and 2009.
A report, published by the National Bureau of Economic research, found a 31% decrease in reported rapes during that period and a 39% decrease in female gonorrhea reports.
Wait a second, what?!
While legislating morality may have good intentions, limiting the freedoms of consenting adults when their decisions impact no one other than themselves, leads to negative unintended consequences: like higher rates of violence, crimes, and the financial burden that inevitably falls on taxpayers.
By prohibiting acts the State deems “immoral”, black markets are created which play right into the hands of organized crime syndicates (human traffickers, pimps, etc in this case). In a world where accepting money for sex, male and female prostitutes can engage in business activity in broad daylight in business offices without having fear of being arrested and criminally prosecuted. Further, safety conditions rise dramatically from the spread of STDs to risk of violence on the streets.
The rape issue is seems pretty logical when you think about it. Would someone be as likely to rape another person if they could go to a local business and pay for the sexual services they desire? You decide.