Legalization of Prostitution: More Fear than Harm?

by sabrinam on September 16, 2016 - 9:21am

People’s opinion regarding the legalization of prostitution differs a lot according to their culture, their views, and their experiences. For some, prostitution is something we should totally not allow. For others, its legalization would bring more good than evil. As Ronald Weitzer discusses in his article “Prostitution: Facts and Fictions”, a popular perspective of prostitution is the “oppression model” which associates abuse, young teens of 13 and 14 years old, violence, drug addicts, and sex traffickers to the subject. According to this model, legalizing prostitution would only regulate abuse and exploitation. Thus, it values non-interference by wanting the abolition of prostitution and not the amelioration of it. The author Rachel Moran also suggests in her article that legalizing prostitution would be as if we decriminalize violations of human rights. Therefore, the respect of human rights and justice are also valued by this perspective.

On the other hand, the legalization of prostitution has many advantages. As Weitzer’s article discusses, the common objective of people wanting its legalization is harm reduction. By regulating it, brothels have to get a license by the government, and the government can control their size, their quality, and their safety for both workers and clients. The legalization of prostitution would make prostitution safer with safety measures such as panic buttons, guardians, health controls and much more. This perspective values the security of workers, empowers workers, and encourages the respect of human rights. It also allows prostitutes to practice their job, which values the equality of opportunity.

For sure, prostitution can’t be totally removed from the society. Despite laws, it will always remain. I believe that the government should make prostitution legal and make laws to make it safer and better for the prostitutes and the clients. I am aware that even though the government regulates it, there will still be young teenagers and illegal pimps in the field of prostitution. However, I think the legalization can’t worsen the situation. It would help part of the prostitutes by making their job safer (security), improving their conditions (equality of conditions), limiting the size and quantity of brothels by requiring licenses by the government, and prevent some teens to enter in the field of prostitution.

At last, prostitution and its legalization is a debatable subject. People’s perspectives differ according to places and values. Is there a middle that could please everyone? Do we have to fear its legalization?


Moran, Rachel. "Buying Sex Should Not Be Legal." The New York Times (2015).

Weitzer, Ronald. "Prostitution: Facts and Fictions." Contexts 6.4 (2007): 28-33.ProQuest. Web. 8 Sep. 2016.



I am very concerned about the topic of prostitution, and I really liked the argument you came up with. You did a good analyzation of both sides of this controversy topic, which makes it hard for the reader to take a position. Prostitution and traffic of women are two different things and I think, just like you, that legalizing prostitution won't stop men or terrorist group to stop what they think is okay according to their ethical values. That said, being aware that we can't help everyone, I do agree with you on the fact that the positive aspects in favor of legalizing prostitution are more valuable. Women would be less scared to report on men that caused harm since they wouldn't have to hide their profession. Moreover, they won't be shy to seek help if needed. The fact that I come from a very open-minded family helps me to take a side in the debate. I do respect women who want to sell their body and thinking that they could practice their job in a safer environment can't be negative. In fact, taking into account that this profession will never die, considering that it was the first profession that ever existed and that it is still really common, we can only help making it safer. Definitely, your text thought me a lot and I was really surprised about the age of the young girls trapped in traffic of sex. According to you, what could we do to put an end to this genre of traffic?

I find the subject of your post very interested and I also find it more interesting because it is a Canadian issue. I totally agree that legalized prostitution cannot make it worse than what it is now. Your argument on both sides can help us to form a good opinion. My opinion of the subject is that Canada should legalize prostitution and it will put people in the safest situation. I personally think that prostitution touches a lot of people and if the government can intervene to make the condition better it will be a good idea. Like you said: “prostitution can’t be totally removed from the society,” so government should help because nothing going to change or disappear. Do you think that it will reduce or increase the number of workers in the industry if it becomes legalize in Canada?

I agree with you that prostitution will always stay in our society, it is after all the oldest job still practicing. I believe that women should be able to have at least some safety and not always be scared they might get abused or even worse while they work. I also believe in people's autonomy. Yes a part of prostitute goes in this profession by fear, but I believe few of the people also do it by choice, or for the money. The title really caught my eye and I immediately opened the post. I am just wondering if the government will start to tax those people too, and will they instead of seeking for government protection try to do it "under the table" in order to keep their hard worked money?

I totally agree with you. Legalizing prostitution would make prostitute's work much safer since there would hopefully be government based regulations and laws towards it. People should be able to gain money as long as no harm is made, and since consensual sex does not create harm, it should therefore be legal to offer sex for money. I feel strongly about one's freedom of choice, and if someone desires to pursue their career this way, it is none of my business to be against it. However, do you think it could encourage ''hyper sexualization'' and influence young people to quit school?

This post really caught my attention because I think that this subject is extremely interesting and controversial, and I enjoyed the fact that you were able to openly represent both sides of the debate even though the legalization of prostitution can sometimes be taboo. However, I tend to support the other side of the debate which is against the legalization of prostitution, because I strongly believe that we should not use people as means to an end. Also, the values that I have been taught and developed throughout experience go against the objectification of the human body. I also believe that the legalization of this controversy would only increase prostitution, which to me is not a good thing. In this case would other alternative to regulate prostitution, such as adopting the Nordic model for sex-work that consists of criminalizing the act of buying sex services instead of criminalizing the selling part, be efficient enough?

I really think that your text brings a good description of the whole debate. It is a debate that I never really knew what was my own position. I agree with you when you say that “legalization can’t worsen the situation”. I based my opinion on this simple sentence and by thinking deeper I realized that I am in favor of the legalization of prostitution. The whole thing would definitely make it safer for women that practice prostitution and it would take power from the hands of street gangs. So, as mentioned in the text, security and equality of conditions would definitely be two important moral values concerned by the legalization. Since a woman should be able to do what she wants with her own body, human rights apply in this case. Would legalization of prostitution increase the number of women practicing it?

the legalization of prostitution is indeed a delicate subject, meaning that opinion may differ. Though i respect your opinion and believe that you are right, by saying that that its legalization will create a safer working environment for prostitute, however i believe that they are more disadvantages rather than advantages. In terms of values and morality, what kind off society would we be if we were to encourage such actions? A society that teaches the youths that there is indeed a value and a sum of money attributed to your body and your worth. I believe that it is a taboo. Its like encouraging human trafficking to some extend, as we make it easier to purchase services. I don't believe that everything should be made into a business or made legal. What is a society with no values.

The Legalization of prostitution is indeed a very controversial problem in our society. It was clear that you were for the legalization of prostitution. I am also for it, but I think that your text should have been more objective. However the informations provided were excellent and strengthened my opinion about the subject. Your point about if the legalization would worsen the situation made me realize that in fact, no it would really help. So if the legalization wouldn't worsen the situation why some people are still reluctant about it?