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Yes, it can. No, it cannot.
Debate Score:28
Arguments:27
Total Votes:28
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Can Legalizing Prostitution Have Negative Consequences?



Legalizing prostitution will lower the rape frequency, but what harm could it do?

Yes, it can.

Side Score: 12
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No, it cannot.

Side Score: 16
1 point

Here is an interesting article that show a few experiments and the results.

Side: Yes, it can.
Jace(5149) Disputed
2 points

This is a very superficial article that fails to account for a very basic explanation for the data it presents. The critical observation is not that the incidence of rape went up, but that the incidence of reported rape went up... which is to be expected since workers no longer face criminalization for coming forward about sexual assaults that occur in their line of work.

Side: No, it cannot.
Cartman(18191) Disputed
1 point

But that doesn't correlate. The country that still criminalizes prostitution saw more reported rape, and the country that stopped criminalizing rape saw the reported rapes go down.

Side: Yes, it can.
1 point

The negative consequences will be riots, protests and potentially civil war in outrage at the legalization of it.

On top of that, the actual pimps and former prostitutes who could charge really unfair prices and enjoy sex being a rare commodity are now suddenly out of business and forced into poverty by it being legal and mainstream. This will lead to the criminal minds using their talents for other purposes and it isn't going to be nice. You don't just take out a monopoly and expect no backlash, especially not a crime-ring run one.

Side: Yes, it can.
Harvard(666) Disputed
1 point

On top of that, the actual pimps and former prostitutes who could charge really unfair prices and enjoy sex being a rare commodity are now suddenly out of business and forced into poverty by it being legal and mainstream. This will lead to the criminal minds using their talents for other purposes and it isn't going to be nice.

I am interested in hearing some hypotheses about particular backlashes that could occur in which a pimp is the cause.

Side: No, it cannot.
instig8or(3308) Disputed
1 point

Don't dispute me just to state interest.

Side: Yes, it can.
1 point

Objectifying of the female body as merely just a sex object, aids and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Side: Yes, it can.
Jace(5149) Disputed
1 point

Objectification and STDs happen under systems of criminalized prostitution as well, arguably with greater severity. An unregulated market means that sex workers have less agency in controlling their situation, less ability to file legal complaints for abuse or assault, and less access to reliable testing and treatment.

Side: No, it cannot.
stratos(85) Disputed
1 point

Yes, but again prostitution is not a better "Option" for female workers to have, the best solution to this would be Education, wherein people learn independence, where they don't need to suck a persons dick just for money. I pity these people selling their own bodies just because of poverty.

Side: Yes, it can.
1 point

Of course it can have negative consequences. The better question is whether those negative consequences are unique and actually outweigh the positive consequences, neither of which seems to be the case.

Side: Yes, it can.
1 point

Legalizing prostitution is like saying: "Hey everyone! Let's go get STD'S!!!"

OF COURSE IT HAS NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES! SEX's PURPOSE IS FOR REPRODUCTION! NOT FUN!!!

Side: Yes, it can.
Jace(5149) Disputed
1 point

Criminalizing prostitution reduces access to contraceptives and testing, while also limiting the agency of sex workers to control with whom they engage with, to what extent, and how. There is nothing to suggest that legalizing the sex industry leads to any significant increase in workers, but it does mean the industry can be regulated which reduces transmission of STIs and also increases the efficacy of outreach to transition workers out of the industry if they would like to do so.

That sax is generally pleasurable for most people increases the odds that people will have sex and therefore reproduce. While this means that the practical function of sex is reproduction there is no reason it therefore follows that people cannot do it for other reasons as well. Our sense of hearing evolved to help us evade predators, hunt more effectively, communicate, and the like... does that mean we should not also enjoy the sense through things such as music? Of course not.

Side: No, it cannot.
GenericName(3430) Clarified
2 points

That sax is generally pleasurable for most people increases the odds that people will have sex and therefore reproduce.

Huh, guess I'll use Jazz to set the mood next time.

Side: Yes, it can.
2 points

As is often said this is the oldest profession on earth that continues to exists and it is going to exist whether we legailze it or not

It is better to make it as safe as possible for everyone concerned.

Legality via brothels protects the prostitutes, as a legal entity brothels can be properly registered and managed and promote access to sexual health workers so the prostitutes get a regular health check up and STI screening

Street walkers should become registered so that they receive the same protection as in a brothel and safety from prosecution

Unregistered prostitution should remain illegal

Side: No, it cannot.

The U.S. is a very sexually inhibited country - and also one of the most violent ;-). That's my case

Side: No, it cannot.
instig8or(3308) Disputed
1 point

It's the number one porn producing nation and one of the most accepting of all sexualities and kinks.

Side: Yes, it can.
2 points

Legalizing it would allow it to be regulated and safety standards imposed upon it.

Side: No, it cannot.
1 point

Here is an interesting article that show a few experiments and the results.

Side: No, it cannot.
1 point

What needs to happen is the Federal Government legalize all illegal activity then there will be no "Negative Consequences?" That is the dream of all Leftist. In the mind of the Leftist big government fixes it all and curbs all "Negative Consequences" !

Side: No, it cannot.
3 points

....Wait, so on one hand, you think the left wants everything to be legal, and on the other hand, you think the Left is trying to push big government.

Not sure you know what big government is.

Side: Yes, it can.
1 point

Why son't they legalize prostitution fucking is legal. Selling things is legal. Why isn't selling fucking legal? Soldiers get medals for bombing people but normal people go to prison FOR SELLING A FUCKING ORGASM. There should be a waver listing the risks of fucking that person though.

Side: No, it cannot.