There goes an intriguing quote “Call a jack a jack. Call a spade a spade. But always call a whore a lady” (Rothfuss, 2007, p.55). This might stir up contention as it always does when everything related to prostitution is broached. Recently, however, the controversial subject that gravitates the bulk of public attention toward is status of sex industry in our society, which is either legal or illegal. From my frame of mind, prostitution legalization ought to be advocated because of two following reasons.
The very first explanation for why prostitution should be legalized is that it offers sex workers labour rights and better health. According to Abel, et.al. (2010) and Bass (2015), such workers in legalized prostitution nations including Netherlands and New Zealand face up with little or no stigma when reporting sexual abuse, mugging or violence to the police and protected as equal as other citizens. While the reverse happens in America, where prostitution is still criminalized, mainly due to prostitutes’ fear of getting arrested for illegal sex selling, and, maybe another unwilling sexual practice with some police officers in exchange for their free-to-go (Weizter 2012; Bass 2015). Furthermore, Weizter (2012) and Bass (2015) also implied that under legal status, there has enough time for a successful condom – use negotiation between streetwalkers and their clients as, which is crucial to prevent them from exposing to STIs or related perits.
Not only does legallizing prostitution do good to sex workers, it also offers our society certain benefits. Particularly, a group of PhDs revealed that it is up to 46 percent of HIV infections could be prevented in non prostitution – criminalized nations (Shannon, et.al., 2014). This finding emphasizes the legalizing prostitutions role in addressing social burden of HIV. Along with such advantage, Weizter (2012, p.82) also believes that this inherently stigmatized profession could “yields revenue to the government, net of the cost of government regulation”. Indeed, merely from taxing prostitution practiced venues, a country’s GDP estimated to be verging on $9 billion plus, which is definitely a lucrative benefit to developing nations (Bass, 2015).
There might exist the opposing viewpoint that legalizing prostitution abolishes the moral obstruction, which embolds more men to buy women accompanied with request for taboo sexual fetishes (Raymond, 2003). This point has some merit on the surface. However, providing that criminalization status of prostitution is invalid, so is the buyers’ interest for experimenting outlawed sex (known as “forbidden fruit” effect), which definitely decrease prostitution demand (Weizter, 2012). Moreover, there is no reliable proof for legalizing prostitution stirring men’s nasty fitish toward women in general. In other words, those sexual stimulations was recorded to inherently exist in prostitution such as foot or disguising fetish regardless of its status (Bass, 2012). Plus, under legal regime, prostitutes earn more change to screen their clients carefully before deciding to engage in a sex transaction, which lessons their possibility of encountering such potentially unappropriate buyers (Weizter, 2012; Bass, 2015).
In conclusion, instead of paying full attention on stigmatizing prostitution, people should give it a chance to be accepted as a legal occupation, since it not only bring about humanity to our own kind, it also a worthy reform for a country to undergo, which has power to put HIV epidemic in control and produce a great deal of profit.