When seen from the standpoint of women’s empowerment rather than oppression, there is evidence that legalizing prostitution can have individual and economic benefits. Prostitution in the Netherlands has been managed by a successful regulated system for over two decades.
Understanding how different cultures see sex and sexual activity, as well as the advantages of legalizing prostitutes, necessitates knowledge of the regulatory systems that govern sex behavior. Several countries have already legalized prostitution, so we will list some of the benefits of legalizing brothels all over the world.
The state will profit
Legal prostitution can be a source of tax income. If allowed, state and local governments might earn a lot of money. Although brothels do not pay state taxes in Nevada, they do pay considerable taxes to the county in which they are situated.
Allowing brothels to operate legally and openly brings in a lot of money for the state. Since the adoption of new laws and restrictions, the situation for many sex workers in the Netherlands has dramatically improved. The legalization of sex work ensures that firms in the sex work sector follow labor regulations.
While some wonder if brothels would enhance the rights of sex workers and their clients, comparisons to nations where sex work is taxed, such as Germany, the United States, and Switzerland, indicate obvious benefits. Germany has also approved the Prostitutes Protection Act, which requires all prostitutes to have licenses and certifications, and even allows sex workers to be hired through HR firms.
Safe working environment
Because solicitation is now illegal, and having three or more sex workers together is deemed a brothel, many sex workers are forced to work alone and away from police protection. Many people are concerned about their safety as a result, yet they must continue to work in such hazardous settings.
A rise in the number of sex workers slain over the last decade prompted a demand to decriminalize solicitation. While it would seem that the population of a state that does not allow brothels would make them illegal to appease public objections against sex work, research by RightsInfo found that almost half of British citizens polled were in support of legalizing brothels in the United Kingdom. Also in Melbourne, Australia, Pink Palace is another great example of safe legal prostitution.
Legalization might also help law enforcement save time and money. The investigation against John and former New York governor Eliot Spitzer exemplifies how expensive it can be to uncover sophisticated prostitution organizations. Instead of prostitution, these resources might be used to apprehend terrorists through eavesdropping and email interceptions.
Healthier sexual intercourse
Legalization would improve the health of sex workers. On a worldwide scale, the pressure on prostitutes to skip condoms poses a significant health risk. If it becomes legal, its employees will be able to get tested on a regular basis and engage in safer sexual behavior. In Nevada, sex workers must undergo monthly Syphilis and HIV testing, as well as weekly Gonorrhea and Chlamydia tests. In Nevada, condoms are required for all intercourse in brothels.
The Netherlands is the most well-known country to have legalized prostitution, having done so for over two decades. The safety of sex workers has improved since the business was brought out of the shadows and rigorous restrictions were imposed. Brothels must acquire and renew safety and hygiene permits in order to operate, and in locations like the Red Light District, street prostitution is legal and tightly controlled.
When sex work is regulated, not only does it become safer, but it also helps to eliminate the black market for prostitutes, making women safer in general. Additionally, because sex workers are not classified as criminals, they have easier access to the legal system and are encouraged to report actions that endanger themselves and other females in the business.
Finally, legalizing sex work will result in a slew of other benefits, including a decrease in sexually transmitted illnesses, and a reallocation of law enforcement resources.
Reducing human trafficking
Switzerland’s government set aside funds for security enforcement at certain places as well as social assistance for its employees. Half of the city’s voting population backed the proposal, which aimed to protect sex workers and victims of human trafficking.
Zurich is an example of a town that recognized the dangerous environment surrounding sex work on the streets and created an alternative that not only benefits the workers but also contributes to the city’s booming economy.
Prostitutes’ stability and safety are dependent on increasing support for women’s rights as workers. The Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany are just a few examples of successful regulatory regimes that have legalized prostitution while still enforcing health and safety standards.
The government can impose norms and restrictions that benefit both the worker and the customer under this sort of public sex policy. Legalization does not have to imply public acceptance of prostitution practices, but it does provide a good livelihood and a safer working environment for sex workers. The overall benefits of legalizing prostitution are significant, and it may be an asset in the battle against human trafficking.