If prostitution was legalized countrywide...?

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    If prostitution was legalized countrywide, do you think it would lead to a great many women being forced into the trade against their will?

    I've always argued on principle that prostitution shouldn't be against the law. I mean, why shouldn't a woman be allowed to legally sell what she can legally give away for free. But I recently heard an opposing argument I hadn't thought about. Basically that legalized prostitution would lead to more, not less oppression of women and many would be forced into the trade against their will. And for that reason, surrendering this liberty is worth the price.

    I'm not totally convinced, but the argument does make some sense.
     
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    Reminds me of what George Carlin said on the subject;

    Selling is legal. Fucking is legal. Why isn't selling fucking legal?

    As a libertarian I think it should be legal along with lots of other things. I don't get the argument you were presented honestly. How would women be forced into the industry? And why more so than if it were kept illegal?
     
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    The notion that more women would be forced into prostitution if prostitution were legal is patently false. The only reason that kind of slavery can take place is because prostitution is an illegal, therefore underground activity.

    If prostitution were legal prostitutes would be as protected as any other citizen. The profession would be monitored, exposed to the light of day and the police would be closely involved.

    Like marijuana, prostitution is presently subjected to a prohibition -- and we know what prohibitions bring about. End the prohibition and it will eliminate the associated criminal activity. And the effect on controlling STD infections will be extremely positive.

    Unfortunately we live in an obsessively authoritarian culture in which the majority population is enamored with enforcement of laws, even when the laws are counterproductive.
     
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    how would that work though?

    let's say the bordello owner fires the prostitute, does she then collect unemployment compensation, but if she refuses to take a new job offer for a new prostitution place, and wants to get out of the field of prostitution, do we take her unemployment away because she refused the prostitution job offer?
     
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    Oh, my! Good question.

    And what of male prostitutes?

    :eusa_whistle:
     
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    Interesting question. But I'm sure we could work something out. (Know what I mean?) :redface:
     
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    You mean more then now?

    No.

    But the government can get it's take. And..it would be cleaner and safer.
     
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    The art of bartering would grow.
     
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    I don't think so.
     
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    They would probably handle it as a contract worker. The bordello would rent out space to the prostitute as an independent contractor, taking a cut for the service. It would not be an employee-employer relationship. I think this is how the bunny ranch works out in Nevada.
     

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