Ungodly hours, men who went by the sobriquet of ‘john,’ and an immensely long history dating back to Ancient Greece; fuse to form a subculture perceived as nefarious, called prostitution. Like the many taboos in the world, Prostitution, one of the world’s oldest profession, is no stranger stigmatization. Religions deem it immoral and feminists believe it to be disparaging, but the legalization of prostitution isn’t completely void of benefits to the society. Aristocrats, bourgeois and the plebeians in the Middle Ages believed that prostitution was a channel through which sexual frustration could be let out, as a measure to curtail the rising number of rapes. And it was seen that that actually helped with sexual harassment and molestation cases as there was a visible dwindle in the number of cases of rape.
The modern age holds no contradictions against that notion of the people of the Middle Ages, for it perpetuates that legalizing prostitution would, apparently, reduce the violence against women. That is so, because when pimps, brothel-owners or customers assault prostitutes, the prostitutes are cornered because they cannot seek help from the police because what they’re indulging is obviously illicit and shameful. Keeping it criminalized would also lead the sexual assailants to commit not only an act as heinous as rape, but also murder.
Legalizing prostitution is purported to make prostitutes healthier, a study finds. The pressure of prostitutes to commit fornication without a contraceptive such as condoms is very massive. This, in turn, opens an influx of STDs, which is completely detrimental and also fatal, in some cases. Legalizing prostitution gives prostitutes the freedom of getting regular checkups for any signs of STIs, and promotes safer sex. One of the most prominent places where whoredom is legal is Nevada. In Nevada, no sex worker can have sex without condoms in any brothel. Nevada also has made it a mandate for all prostitutes to get monthly tests for HIV and Syphilis, and weekly tests for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
Prostitution, in its true essence, is not a crime. If both the harlot and the customer are consenting, then there is nothing criminal about that. But the predicament is the violence associated with it. Prostitution, per se, cannot be regarded as a crime, but the crime that emerges from engaging in it, ss. sexual assault and murder, is abhorrent and inhuman. And legalizing prostitution can empower women instead of corrupting them.
Legalization has capitalist perks, too, for the revenue that prostitution generates is gargantuan. This part of the revenue can be utilized to build prostitution training centers and encourage the safe practice of sex. The brothels in Nevada, per se, do not pay taxes to the state, but they do pay taxes to the county they’re located in. Prostitution has been prevalent since time immemorial, and is believed to have embedded itself deeply in every culture.