Should the Oldest Occupation in the World be legalized?

Should the Oldest Occupation in the World be legalized?

Society frowns upon anything that is deemed morally wrong, which is why prostitution is not necessarily a conversation you will find families engaging in during dinner. Not when you can talk about, say, tax amnesty in Canada, or the latest studies on cancer.

Still, there is no denying that it exists and that it is probably the only profession that is guaranteed to be standing several decades from today. Some states in the US have legalized prostitution, but it could be a long time before more follow suit. So, what are the pros and cons of taking this step?

The Pros

  • Tax Incentive

Greece, Turkey, Germany and Switzerland are among European countries that have legalized and regulated prostitution. They take what society deems to be an immoral act and turn it into an economic venture that counts towards their GDP. Being as prostitution is here to stay, it does not hurt to make money out of it.

When it is properly regulated, the participants are protected and will be paid for their work. In cases where the government and unions are not involved, working girls – and boys – turn up dead or hurt, something that can be avoided through acknowledging that the profession does exist.

  • Morality and Hypocrisy

Let’s face it: most of the time, the parties to prostitution are consenting adults who both benefit from the act. In (almost) every part of the world, sex between two consenting adults is legal, but that changes once one of the parties offers money. Isn’t that the ultimate form of hypocrisy? Athletes can comfortably brag ion their social sites how many women – or men – they have had sex with but the authorities will still be busy hunting down those who offer their service for money.

The Cons

  • Morality at Stake

Those who are against legalizing prostitution say it could be bad for women. If young boys grow up knowing that they could pay for sex the same way they do candy or toys in a store, they are likely to grow up disrespecting women. That debate is arguable because how kids perceive others depends on what they are taught from a young age, but there is some sense in it.

  • Did they have a Choice?

While some women and men enter the profession by choice, most are forced into it in one way or another. The majority also get in before reaching the consensual age and so by the time they are grown enough they don’t know what else to do with their lives. There is also the fact that most of these business ‘transactions’ happen in dingy and questionable places and not the televised upscale bars we see on TV, and so the profession is generally quite degrading.

Whether or not prostitution is legalized, society is not likely to regard it any differently than it does today. It is highly unlikely for a parent to say, “Hey, guys, my daughter is interning as a prostitute.” Highly unlikely.