While many people may frown upon one of the world’s oldest and most controversial professions, there have been some very interesting studies done that may suggest that legalizing prostitution could make this world a safer place for many of us.
While it is a difficult topic to research in the United States as well as much of the world, there have been some opportunities for various colleges and organizations to examine how the legalization of this trade could actually help many people. While prostitution remains illegal, there will always be street sex workers. This type of illegal, black market environment creates a shady, dangerous, and violent underworld that is left with little to no regulation and little safety for the men and women who are engaging in this business. Sex workers are forced to rush processes in vehicles or alley ways while trying to avoid police, often causing them to neglect safety in the process. They aren’t using protection. They are not making good enough money to even afford protection most of the time. They are left with no benefits and a lack of proper health care. This puts, not only, the sex workers themselves, at risk, but also their clients. This also puts other people at risk, because while it may be uncomfortable to talk about, many of these customers go home to wives who likely have no idea that their husband has engaged in unprotected sex with an illegal street sex worker. Aside from sexually transmitted diseases, the lack of regulation also puts female sex workers at risk for violent crimes. Crimes against prostitutes remain at very large numbers as these women are engaging with shady and often dangerous people in back alley with no security or protection at all. Legalizing this trade could provide the opportunity for security indoors, much needed health care, businesses providing and requiring the use of protection, and so on and so forth.
One study that came from the 20thInternational AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia estimated that the number of HIV infections could drop anywhere from 33 to 46 percent with the legalization of prostitution. This wide scale study examined female sex workers in three countries: Canada, India, and Kenya.
As mentioned above, this would, not only, affect these female sex workers, but also those who are seeking out their services. Another study conducted by UCLA after an unintentional legalization of indoor prostitution in Rhode Island suggested that, not only, the rates of sexually transmitted diseases could be lowered, but also the rates of sexually violent crimes towards women, particularly those who are sex workers. The rates of rape against women dropped 31 percent. This equaled 824 fewer rapes than the normal average for a seven year period. The number of gonorrhea infections was a whopping 2000 less diagnoses. During a seven year period in Rhode Island, when legislation accidentally allowed indoor prostitution, rates of, both, men and women diagnosed with gonorrhea dramatically lowered. The rates of violent rape against women were also significantly decreased during this time. Again, the ability to regulate the activities of this trade make it safer for the workers and for the clients with an increase in security as well as protection while engaging in sexual activity. This benefits those who work in and seek out prostitution along with those who may unknowingly engage in sexual acts with both of these groups.
The heads of this research do admit that while there is internal validity to their research, there is a lack of external validity and more research should be done. Those who oppose the legalization of prostitution suggest that there could be dramatic and negative effects regarding the overall treatment of women in modern society. This merely shows that it is an area that should be studied and researched with more scrutiny. While there could be many benefits, there may be some unintended consequences, as well.
Another study coming out of Australia in 1998 showed that the number of sexually transmitted diseases (bacterial infections) contracted among illegal sex workers was a whopping 80 times higher than the number contracted in their legal counterparts. These numbers should be taken note of, as it is not likely that making prostitution illegal will ever actually stop the trade. For women who want to engage in this business or feel they have no other option, the legalization could be life changing. Other studies have suggested that the legalization gives the opportunity for women in this trade to be empowered in their business. They are better able to control their environment and it becomes a safer place for all. It also provides the opportunity for clientele to become more educated in the treatment of prostitutes. Whether you support the legalization of prostitution or not, it is quite evident that there should be more research done on the topic. No matter what your feelings may be on the matter, everyone in this world deserves to live a safe and happy life, even women and men who feel the need to engage in this type of behavior, whatever their own specific reasons may be.
Horny Goat Weed by FeelSpirit.com5 stars - "United States is so long due to legalize and license prostitution. Sex workers from all over the globe are lauging at stupid americans! American men are so deprived of pussy its not even funny. What's wrong with USA? Are all women in USA became lesbians suddenly. Try to have disability, little belly or not look as good as other men in the USA. You will only be doing Lisa and Melisa - left and right hand or some HIV scunk you pick up on the streets. This is so stupid!!! Prostitution must be licensed and legal, just like in Germany or Australia." Lewis Underwood Based on 134,754 Votes!