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Top 10 Pros and Cons Should prostitution be legal?
The PRO and CON statements below give a five minute introduction to the debate on prostitution. (Read more information about our one star to five star Theoretical Expertise System.)

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Victimless Crime? Prostitution & Free Choice Morality of Prostitution Human Trafficking Prostitution & Violence

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HIV/AIDS Prevention Prevalence of Rape Prostitution as a Legitimate Business Prostitution as a Career Option Former Prostitutes' Viewpoints on Prostitution

PRO Legal Prostitution
1. Victimless Crime? PRO: "Prostitution should not be a crime. Prostitutes are not committing an inherently harmful act. While the spread of disease and other detriments are possible in the practice of prostitution, criminalization is a sure way of exacerbating rather than addressing such effects. We saw this quite clearly in the time of alcohol prohibition in this country. ...What makes prostitution a 'victimless crime' in the sense that no one is necessarily harmed by it is that there are consenting adults involved." Sherry F. Colb, JD Judge Frederick Lacey Scholar at Rutgers Law School E-mail to ProCon.org Dec. 17, 2006

CON Legal Prostitution

CON: "MYTH 2 - Prostitution is a victimless crime. Prostitution creates a setting whereby crimes against men, women, and children become a commercial enterprise.... It is an assault when he/she forces a prostitute to engage in sadomasochistic sex scenes. When a pimp compels a prostitute to submit to sexual demands as a condition of employment, it is exploitation, sexual harassment, or rape -- acts that are based on the prostitute's compliance rather than her consent. The fact that a pimp or customer gives money to a prostitute for submitting to these acts does not alter the fact that child sexual abuse, rape, and/or battery occurs; it merely redefines these crimes as prostitution." National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Female Juvenile Prostitution: Problem and Response 1992

2. Prostitution & Free Choice PRO: "We chose sex work after we did a lot of things we couldn't stand. Sex work is better. For me, sex work isn't my first choice of paying work. It just happens to be the best alternative available. It's better than being president of someone else's corporation. It's better than being a secretary. It is the most honest prostitution.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000115&print=true

CON: "The ILO [International Labour Organization] report admits that most women 'choose' prostitution for economic reasons. Surely no one can argue that this is free choice any more than the cattle in the squeeze chute choose to go to their death." 1/4


Top 10 Pros and Cons - Prostitution - ProCon.org

work I know of." Veronica Monet Prostitute and Author in Gauntlet Magazine 1994

Diane Post, JD Attorney and Human Rights Activist "Legalizing Prostitution: A Systematic Rebuttal" in the journal off our back s July 1999

3. Morality of Prostitution PRO: "Why is it illegal to charge for what can be freely CON: "Prostitution as an institution is evil. It doesn't dispensed? Sex work is no more moral or immoral than matter if it is the 'world's oldest profession', it is still the chocolate or distilling industries." wrong." Catherine La Croix Founder of Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics (COYOTE) chapter in Seattle "Love For Sale" in the magazine Internet Underground Oct. 1996 Dorn Check ley Director of the Pittsburg Coalition Against Pornography "Legalized Prostitution?" on Wholehearted.org Jan. 22, 2007

4. Human Trafficking PRO: "Criminalizing the sex industry creates ideal conditions for rampant exploitation and abuse of sex workers...[I]t is believed that trafficking in women, coercion and exploitation can only be stopped if the existence of prostitution is...
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