The 21st century has seen many changes in the worldviews of the global community. Different bodies campaign for the rights of people indulging in practices that the global society has seen as taboos for the last twenty centuries. These include the rights of same sex marriages, human cloning, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, and prostitution. This is because the society realizes that each individual has a right to choose his or her lifestyle in a democratic world. The legalization of prostitution raises a lot of controversy in the world today. Prostitution is an old practice in most countries, but few countries have legalized the practice to date. This paper discusses the controversy surrounding prostitution legalization, and supports the stand against prostitution legalization.
Prostitution involves commercial sex, where individuals make a living by having sex with different partners. This is an immoral act, which goes against the ethics of several religions and cultures. Legalizing prostitution will be legalizing promiscuity, which destroys many families and brings about social instability. This is because it threatens the marriage institution since most clients are married men. This will degrade the society’s morals, exposing children to immoral practices from a young age. Legalizing prostitution can also lead to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. The government spends a lot of money to curb the sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDs epidemic. This happens even when prostitution is illegal. Most individuals ignore the use of protection when having sex with prostitutes. These prostitutes have multiple sex partners and thus they can act as a good route of transmission for these diseases. Legalizing prostitution can also increase the instances of human trafficking. This is because owners of prostitution agencies may run out of willing prostitutes and thus force young men and women into this practice. Other young people may choose this profession because of hard economic situations. Thus, prostitution is not always a free choice for all the people involved.
Proponents of prostitution argue that prostitution is good way of increasing the government’s revenue. Thus, legalizing prostitution would create employment opportunities, and increase tax returns for the government. The proponents also believe that prostitution is should be legal since it is a harmless act. Legalizing the practice would help the government control the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and underage sex workers through reverse psychology. In this case, making the act of prostitution legal would increase the number of women willing to work, improve the conditions under which they practice, and reduce the number of men willing to seek their services. On the other hand, the government has several alternatives for creating job opportunities for its citizens without undermining the morals of the society. Embracing these alternatives will help the government raise its taxes without sacrificing the decency of its citizens. Prostitution is harmful since it affects the families of those involved. It also exposes them to several health risks and this makes it harmful. Further, if reverse psychology principles were a good alternative, then so many people would not be still eating junk food at McDonalds. This implies that making prostitution readily accessible and available may not reduce the art of the practice. Concisely, prostitution degrades the morals of the society by making women mere sex objects and increasing the rate of STD transmission. Thus, this practice should not be legalized.