Should Prostitution be made legal?

Should Prostitution be made legal?
Should Prostitution be made legal?
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People are both in favor and against of prostitution legalization. But, how about having a prostitute’s say on this; needs no more explanations.  

Should you want me to start with the ‘origin of prostitution’, I am afraid, I won’t be able to give you any exact answer. Right from the ancient time, flesh trading remained one of the oldest profession in this world with its roots in the beginning of third millennium BC. The first major inhabitants of ancient Mesopotamia used to worship a goddess called Ishtar; goddess of love and war. Despite this long history, we are still arguing on the topics like whether prostitution is right or not?

Until today, in many parts of the world, buying and selling sex is still considered shameful and disgraceful. Whereas, in many other countries, after having an in-depth understanding of this trade, prostitution is made legal; natives can go to the red-light district areas and they can legally buy sex. But, many in the society believe that we should make it legal. Making it legal will solve many problems, especially those that are sex related.

Prostitution is criminal, and bad things happen because it is run illegally by dirt-bags who are criminals. If it’s legal, then the girls could have health checks, unions, benefits, anything any other worker gets, and it would be far better. – JESSE VENTURA, Playboy interview, Nov. 1999

This may upset you, but the amount of lust most of the men are carrying is one among the other reasons that turn a man into a misogynist. According to the statistics, there are nearly 2-3 million prostitutes in India, and many of them were made to enter into this trade when they were just 12 years’old. On the larger scale (in India), prostitution contributes 75%-80% in the human trafficking. A pimp earns at least ₹2,50,000 on the annual basis from a sex slave.

In certain cases, where the girl is minor, underage, or virgin, this amount increases by many multiples. Just imagine the prostitution is made legal. In that case, now sex workers will be treated the same way as other professionals. There will be government assigned bodies who will be regulating sex workers’ and brothels’ transactions. Don’t you think, this will have a direct impact on human trafficking for sex?

The only difference between dating (nowadays) and prostitution is – in dating, you pay for drinks, movies, gifts before having sex, whereas, in prostitution, you skip everything else, but pay for sex.

I have heard many people saying especially women activists that sex must not be legalized because it is going to increase crime against women. Moreover, who wants to be in a field where you are get paid for your rape. Well, this is a wrong statement. There is a big big difference between rape and prostitution. By no means, they can be seen as one.

A few years back, I went to Thailand, with the obvious intentions (smile). I spoke to a lady and she gave me the best ever answer. “I don’t know about the rest of the world, but in my country, most of the girls are in this profession because they wanted to. No other profession can give them the same amount of money over such a short span. They are cashing their youthfulness and I see nothing bad in it.”

When asked, whether or not to make this profession legalized, a prostitute gave a very spontaneous answer, “Yes! At least this way we can save money that otherwise we have to pay to our pimps, shady figures, and corrupt police officers.” She also said, “those who are against making it a legal are those who want to control sexual marketplace.” She said, “making it legal will give us some legal rights and those who don’t want to be a part of this industry, they can seek legal help.”

She asked the interviewer, “would you be buying any of the woman shit for having sex, once you know you can buy it from anywhere?” She further asked, “I can bet there would be no more online dating, porn, cyberstalking, sexting, picture morphing, MMS, and other sex scandals, once we made this profession legal.People can go to these places and they can release their sexual frustrations; one of the major reason behind many crimes.

There are stats that proves that making prostitution legal will reduce rapes by 150% and STD cases by at least 50%. People who say that this will boost cases of Aids, they don’t know the chances of HIV transmission during vaginal penetration sex is 1 in 1250 times (0.08%), whereas, this percentage is 0.11% (1 in 909 times) in the case of anal sex. So, the claims made are false.

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On top of this, making it legal will bring regularizing bodies in action and they will be responsible for making ti sure that every sex workers meet the medical requirements. Also, a database of consistent sex buyers can be prepared with an intention of keeping their medical records too. But, this has to be done with utmost honesty; leaks here will only increase the cases of extortion and blackmailing.

Prostitution is never going to end and we all know this. No matter, how hard government tries to stop it, this industry is never going to die. This world is never going to be free from those men, who pay for the sex and women, who sell sex for money. After all, sex is an important part of our life and root cause behind many social evils like rapes, eve-teasing, polygamy, sexual abuse, human trafficking for sex, extramarital affairs, sexual harassment, and other crimes associated with women.

The only way to stop this trafficking in and profiting from the use of women’s bodies is for prostitution to be legalized. Legalization will open it up to regulation, and regulation means safety.

J.ANGELL, Callgirl