It Could Help Us Fight Against Human-Trafficking
Another important reason why prostitution should be legalized is that it could be a potential solution to fight human trafficking. While prohibitionists claim that decriminalizing prostitution and related activities – including pimping and maintaining of brothels – encourages the growth of human trafficking, recent reports and studies don’t support them. In fact, they oppose them. In Germany, when they legalized prostitution, cases of human trafficking significantly decreased by 10 percent from 2001 to 2011. But what’s better than this is the fact that only a few numbers of children are involved in sex trades because young ones are not forced to join sex trade there. The average age of sex workers in Germany is 31.
The key benefit of legalizing the buying and selling of sex is it can create an effective relationship between the law enforcement officials and sex workers. If there’s a good relationship between them, law officials can use sex workers as key information sources to uncover human trafficking. Contrary to what many people believe, prohibition of prostitution only provides cover to human traffickers because it gives them the power to use the law to threaten women victims, particularly the young ones. Women and children, who are being forced against their will into prostitution, are afraid to go to the police because they think that, they too, will be punished and arrested.
If legal, women and children victims will become more willing to come forward and report traffickers, abusive clients, and greedy pimps to the law officials.
Prostitution Is A Victimless Crime
Sure, some women in prostitution, particularly those who are kidnapped and held against their will, are victims, but I believe that for the most part, prostitution is a victimless crime. Just like what other people are saying, some women, who are in the business, chose to offer their service willingly and no one forced them to.
Let’s all remember that every woman is different. While there are women who see sex as a sacred thing that should only be given to the person they love and they will marry, there are also women who view sex as an ordinary activity that you can do with anyone. In fact, there are women who would rather have sex for an hour with someone they have just met, than work in a restaurant taking orders and cleaning toilets for 10 hours. But there are also women who would rather be in poverty than give their body to someone unworthy. Not all women are the same.
Just like gambling and drug use, prostitution is an activity that is participated in by adults voluntarily.
As what Sherry F. Colb of Rutgers Law School said, “What makes prostitution a ‘victimless crime’ in the sense that no one is necessarily harmed by it is that there are consenting adults involved.”
It Could Save The Country A Lot Of Money
In countries, where prostitution is illegal, billions of dollars are spent on dealing with it. In the U.S., law enforcement agencies spend at least $2,000 for each arrest of a sex worker – that includes the arrest, court, and imprisonment costs. And with the vast number of sex workers in the country, it costs the government more than $120 million a year on prostitution control.
And that amount, as we all know, is tax dollar, which is the money we pay in order to fund government programs. Do you think it’s worth it? Of course, it’s not, because after the police try their best to arrest sex workers and waste our money for the expense of court and hearings, these sex workers will just pay fines or stay in jail for a couple of days, and then get released to go back to their business. It’s a never-ending cycle. No matter how much we spend to eliminate prostitution, it doesn’t just work.
So as what advocates of decriminalization suggest, legalizing prostitution is much better than keeping it illegal. Technically speaking, prostitution can have positive effects if it is legalized and properly implemented. When prostitution is legalized, the government will no longer have to spend cost for hiring additional law officials to hunt down sex workers, enforcing laws against prostitution, and caring for sex workers in jail.
After all, don’t we have more pressing matters to spend tax money on?