Prostitution needs to be legalized
There’s nothing wrong with paying someone to do something for you that harms no other person. There’s nothing wrong with having consensual sex. So why in the world is prostitution illegal? Legalizing prostitution would create hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs all across the country and hundreds of billions (yes, with a b) of dollars in capital assets. At the same time, it would considerably lower the sex crime rate by giving potential offenders an avenue through which they can non-violently alleviate their urges, as well as preventing non-consensual labor in brothels when legal alternatives are available and users aren’t criminalized for reporting them. STD spread also goes down, as people are now more likely to have safe sex in brothels that have an incentive to provide protection to their employees in order to hire the most desirable sex workers. This is what happened when prostitution was decriminalized through a legal loophole in Rhode Island discovered in 2003, only for it to go up again when prostitution was re-criminalized in 2009.
From the anti-abortion perspective, there’s actually no reason why legalizing prostitution would cause abortion rates to increase either. Legalization would allow for brothels with more capital than individual prostitutes to be able to provide them with preventative birth control they wouldn’t otherwise get, as well as allow for individual prostitutes to purchase birth control without risking arrest. Thus, while the amount of sex being had would probably go up, the number of abortions being had would stay the same or go down, as a lot of people are now having sex with sterile prostitutes. Also, from a moral perspective, not all prostitutes are going to have abortions. So banning prostitution to prevent abortion is pretty much the same as banning guns to prevent mass shootings.
Prostitution is actually legal in a few Nevada counties. Prostitutes who work in them actually have a quality of work comparable to most other jobs. Prostitution is no less legitimate of an industry than farming, restaurants, steel production, or anything else which makes money providing goods and services of value to consumers. Laws criminalizing prostitution are the sodomy laws of the 21st century. They have no ethical, practical, or economic basis in reality, are a remnant of ascetic, puritanical thinking which existed at a time when American culture was less developed, and are only kept alive by politicians in the pockets of police- and crime industry-funded interest groups. It’s time they’re repealed. If you want to help, contact your state or local Libertarian party office and see if they can arrange a ballot drive. If you can, donate money to help the effort. Even a few thousand dollars would put new ballot drives in a good starting spot. If you don’t live in a state with ballot initiatives, support legislative action to legalize prostitution whenever possible. We can end these immoral and nonsensical laws.
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society