Now here is a story that is sure to ruffle a few feathers! I am not worried. It needs to be said. I know this is not going to be a popular position to take but I must. First you must ask yourself why prostitution is illegal in the first place. To be clear, up until the Volstead Act whore houses were legal establishments. In the movie “The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean” Paul Newman, playing Bean, states that the Volstead Act made illegal everything that came natural to a man, drinking, whoring, and gambling. The only reason this law was passed was because a bunch of moralists held enough sway over Congress to get it passed. The drinking portion of it was struck down 14 years later, the gambling portion 20 years later, and now we are left with just the prostitution portion, and to be certain, one county in Nevada has made it legal.
I am not all in favor of having houses of ill repute be allowed to be opened so that I may attend. I have no interest. I am too old for such stuff. No, I want it legalized for a lot of other reasons. Chief among them being the ability to a city to control its crime rate. There is a lot of violent crime that happens around prostitution. People get seriously injured, they bring in bad drugs, they get diseases, and so forth. I simple change to the law and suddenly you lower your city’s crime rate, you are able to tax their income, you can control communicable diseases related to the industry, and you can get the girls off the streets. You will put all those pimps out of business. They will be mad, but who cares.
Prostitution is not going away any time soon, so why not regulate it and have it contributing to society rather than it taking from society?
People make it a morals issue. That helps no one! That is like looking at someone who has chicken pox and you just keep telling them they have chicken pox and they need to stay away from you. A lot of talk cures nothing.
Here is how it works. You set off a city block for such houses. They houses must be licensed, inspected, and bonded. Women workers must be medically checked once a week. There is a strict prohibition on drugs in such establishments.
At this point you have pared off the drug trade from them. That has to be a plus! You require each establishment hire an off duty police officer to keep the peace at each establishment. Now you have eliminated the never far away violence the industry has now.
You can say it is morally reprehensible that people do this. But those words haven’t even slowed down the industry. To the contrary, it is picking up speed but since it is unregulated, a lot of bad things can happen. Look at an escort service on the interest and you will find women selling their bodies. But there is no guarantee for either party that they will not encouter violence and or disease because it is unregulated.