It is Absurd For Porn To Be Legal But Prostitution Illegal

In many countries around the world pornography is legal. Once someone reaches the age of consent, typically age 18, they are allowed to enter the porn industry. The porn industry can vary in its content ranging from minor nudity, to very violent, aggressive, and taboo sex scenes. 

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The relationship between porn and prostitution is absurd. In many countries it is illegal to pay someone to have sex with you. If you go up to a girl on the street and pay her for sex, you may be jailed. In Canada, the laws are complicated and hazy. It is technically legal for a prostitute to offer services however it is illegal for a person to purchase them or ask about them. The laws regarding prostitution could not be more ridiculous when you compare them to pornography. Here is an example:

If you are an adult man and you ask an adult woman to have sex with you for money you will be jailed or fined.

However if you are an adult man, and ask an adult woman to have sex with you and five other men, but you want to film it and sell the video to other people, this is completely legal.

Consider how illogical that rationale is; it is illegal to pay for sex, but it is legal to pay a woman for sex if you film it and sell the video afterwards. This is stupid and irrational.

What governments should do is either ban both, or make both legal. I argue that making both porn and prostitution legal is the right answer.

Prostitution when illegal often occurs in unsafe conditions and overlaps into criminal networks. Sex workers are not regulated, are threatened by their clients, and the money generated is not monitored or taxed.

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If prostitution were made legal you could have safe houses or brothels that were operated professionally. Sex workers could be registered and required to have regular testing for sexual diseases and infections. This would be safer for both the sex workers and also the clients. The brothels would also have security so if anyone came inside that was drunk or violent they would be asked to leave. The institutions would also be taxed and financially sound so that the funds would not be diverted into criminal rings. Street prostitution should be punishable, but regulated prostitution can be positive. With prostitution legal this would greatly hinder criminal operations, and importantly, it would damage the horrendous sex trafficking and sex slavery industry that occurs worldwide including in Canada.

Prostitution occurs whether it’s legal or illegal, but when it is legal a few things take place. The sex workers and clients are both safer and healthier, the money made is tracked and taxed, and the entire culture can separate from the criminal scene.

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It is better for the entire society when prostitution is made legal. Any society that is okay with pornography but not okay with prostitution is irrational and absurd. It is time we mature as a society and allow sex workers the agency and security to make a living in an industry that is desired by many, and essentially already occurring within pornography.

Prostitution and porn are absolutely not for everyone, there is nothing wrong with feeling uncomfortable about these industries. But for those adults who wish to live their lives in this way, they deserve an opportunity to do so in a safe and regulated environment. They deserve a mature society, and a rational policy.

By Daniel Govedar (October 2016, Edited Oct 2017)

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