Prostitution Essay is an issue which has caused controversy cross-culturally
and historically and which has many individuals reexamining the
logistics of it. If prostitution is decriminalized it will become
economically profitable and feasible for not only the prostitutes, but
also western society as a whole. Without the 20th century western laws,
which force prostitution underground, the profession of prostitution
could become a clean and safe occupation. Prostitution laws are
unconstitutional and deny the prostitutes what the American constitution
allows them. Prostitution is an illegal act in Canada and large portions
of the United States which, if legalized, would protect and benefit 20th
century western society.
If sanctioned, prostitution will become economically lucrative for the
governments involved. The colossal amount of money spent each year on
prostitute prevention could be spent on more urgent issues, which is exactly
what the San Francisco Task Force on Prostitution found.
The total costs accounted for in this report amounts to $7,634,750.00.
Given the many areas in which we found that information is not available,
or there are hidden costs, the over all expense to the taxpayer exceeds
$7.6 million annually.
The San Francisco Task Force is a group of researchers, police officers,
members of the San Francisco community, government officials and
prostitutes, who frequently meet to discuss the issues of prostitution
and to try to come to some solution. Although they may not always agree,
two issues they are in agreement about are that the $7.6 million dollars
would be better spent elsewhere and that prostitution should be legalized..
Robert Noce of Manitoba city council wants reform of the Canadian Justice
System and he would like to see prostitution become worthwhile to Canadian
Quite frankly, for anyone to suggest to me a dating or escort agency is
just offering companionship is being quite naive.
Let’s not try to bury
our heads in the sand and pretend nothing else is going on. Instead of
pretending these establishments don’t exist let’s instead be logical
about this and try to use the profits that we could be making, in a wise
and useful manner. I think that the highest paying customers for
prostitution is us Canadians, in the money we put into fighting this
Instead of putting millions of dollars into stopping this consensual
act, the money saved and made from the legalization of prostitution can
be spent on fighting child prostitution and coerced prostitution. These
two crimes are becoming rampant across North America, but lack of funds
prevents a serious effort from being made to fight against them. If
brothels and prostitutes were to be taxed like any other place of
business, millions of extra revenue dollars would become available to
the Canadian government, for it to spend as it sees fit.
monetary concerns are overwhelming one of the most debated issues is
the health and safety of prostitution.
If prostitution were to be decriminalized, the profession of
prostitution could become a healthy, publicly sanctioned place of
business. Throughout history and throughout European cultures,
prostitution has been legalized to decrease the spread of disease as
historian Jennifer James reports.
Beginning with Prussia in 1700, most continental European governments
shifted their tactics from suppression of prostitution and sexually
transmitted disease to control through a system of compulsory
registration, licensed brothels, and medical inspection of prostitutes.
Although medical techniques were primitive there was a noticeable
decline in sexual diseases among prostitutes and their clients.3
European governments hundreds of years ago realized that since they
could not fight prostitution, it was best to make it as safe and
healthy as they could.
Their efforts saved hundreds of lives and
provided treatment to the prostitutes who previously could not seek
medical attention without being arrested. A recent episode of 20/20
interviewed Joe McNamara, former police chief of Kansas and San Jose,
and vice squad officers as they discussed the physical harm that
anti-prostitution laws inflict
JOE MCNAMARA: What we’re doing now is worse than prostitution.
JOHN STOSSEL: The law makes it worse?
JOE MCNAMARA: The law makes it a lot worse. It drives up the profits.
It drives up the potential for corruption. It invites violence.
JOHN STOSSEL: It is true that when the vice cops talk about the terrible
things they see…
2ND VICE SQUAD OFFICER: You see homicides. You see the narcotics. You
see the assaults.
JOHN STOSSEL: They’re talking about things caused not by prostitution