Legalization of Prostitution = better industry?

March 16, 2008 at 8:27 pm 6 comments

confused.gif Should the government do it? Or should it still be illegal?

I still say NO to legalization of prostitution. In my CLE (Christian Living Education) class, I learned that prostitution is the longest and long-running “profession” throughout recorded history. And in ancient times, specifically in Rome, prostitutes are even given priorities. And how about now here in the Philippines? Prostitution is still considered to be the job wherein you could get easy money. Sometimes, we just can’t blame them, since they do it to make a living. To cope up with the economic crisis in order to live.

So why am I against the legalization of prostitution? Simple. It will become a FAD. By keeping prostitution illegal, we could give out a sign to others that most of us still disapprove of the trade. It’s not and it’s never acceptable to legalize a certain act that degrades women that occurs whenever they use a woman’s body as a part of a business deal. When prostitution (which affects a lot of women) will be legalized, men will think that women, in general will be seen as objects for sex and see women as having sex with random men.

And so they reason out sex tourism. Just like in Thailand where prostitution happens to be legal. Wherein, foreigners go to a certain place as tourists and have sex with the prostitutes.

And if prostitution is legalized, people won’t make an effort to make their lives better. They’ll just be “prostitute” since it’s easy money. If prostitution will be legalized.. I really can’t imagine what life on earth will be and I won’t be able to imagine the mediocrity around us. It’s scary.. I KNOW. 😦



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  • 1. Ka-Ja  |  March 17, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    You have made good arguments concerning why it (prostitution) might be morally and/or socially undesirable; however, legally, is another matter.

    Whatever happens behind closed doors, on private property between consenting adults is not the government’s business. It is an issue between the individuals directly involved. When the government gets involved in personal matters, we are no better than Muslim theocracies where the moral authority can use the power of the state to inflict its will of individuals.

  • 2. dr_clairebear  |  March 18, 2008 at 11:11 am

    hi! got here through “nap time rocks.”

    i’m a bit ambivalent about this issue. on one hand, legalization seems like society is condoning it somehow. on the other hand, legalization will also, in theory, regulate commercial sex workers who can ply their trade – health-wise, they would be required to get a license, have regular check ups to screen for STDs, etc.

    one statement i do disagree with is that prostitution is an “easy choice.” of course this would be different for everyone, but i don’t think most women who do choose to go into this line of work do it lightly. a good number of them do it because there is nothing else for them to do that will pay as well.

    a couple of years back, as part of an outreach program, a few of my friends and I went to cubao to talk to some of these “ladies.” One I talked to was a 19 year old girl, still fresh-faced and pretty, who was married and had 2 children at home. Her husband knows what she does for a living, and while he is not happy about it, he does not stop her because his income is not enough for them to buy milk for their two babies. So he works as a driver during the day, and she works as a prostitute at night. And she hopes some day she will be able to save up enough to put up her own sari-sari store at home so she can leave this line of work.

    sorry – ang haba. 🙂

  • 3. trishie  |  March 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    @Ka-Ja — yeah. i totally agree.

    @dr_clairebear — thanks. i learned something new. 🙂

  • 4. rommel  |  March 18, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    I agree with Claire and have actually violently reacted with the line that says it’s an “easy choice”. But I’ll stop there.

    I’m for legalization of prostitution – keeping it under wraps is just a recipe for exploitation. Women who are most vulnerable does not even have the basic protection of the law.

    The moral objection to the trade should be balanced with the harm done by marginalizing these women and leaving them to the mercy of unscrupulous pimps.

  • 5. davbaye  |  March 19, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Splitzer had to read the essay on prostitution “A She-Savior” by the well-known Russian author Mikhail Armalinsky. It was published in Moscow edition of his Selected Works
    I will be happy to send you the text as attachment or here is the link:

    The main idea of the essay “A She-Savior” is that the legalization of prostitution must be based on a return of its divine, sacred character, so that prostitution will be considered the most honorable profession, the one closest to God, the holiest.

  • 6. rommel  |  March 19, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    davbaye – That’s an eye opening as well as entertaining reading. I often wondered why the geishas of Japan are not looked upon with the same disdain and reproach. It did not occur to me that there was a long history that such profession has not always been looked upon as sinful. To call it divine though is stretching it 🙂


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