Yes but I don't understand it.
By the by, I don't drink either. Come to think of it, I don't really do anything.
I'm seeing a pattern here.
Different situation. You don't choose your gender or race and the work thing is a complicated issue (over here unions are more trouble then they're worth). You do choose to break the law and do something other people think is repulsive by standing on a street corner.
Different situation, same principle. The rules are wrong. If we legalize prostitution, prostitutes won't be doing anything illegal. And hopefully they won't be doing anything on a street corner either; legal brothels are far safer.
I don't understand soldiers either but that's a seperate topic I won't get into. As for surgeons, the rule is 'first do no harm'; they only operate if it's less likely to kill the patient then not doing so.
It would still have the disease risks since you can't tell if someone has an STD by looking at them and the stigma would remain regardlesss. Humans are like that.
The point still stands: many professions have risks, the people who work in them do so with an acceptance of the risk level. There's nothing inherently wrong with job that's as risky as legalized, protected prostitution would be. The goal isn't to make it 100% safe and accepted (that's impossible). The goal is to minimize risk and stigma. I'd be fine if it was as acceptable as the profession of coal mining (which is more dangerous and has greater health risks to society at large).
Not letting some stranger do whatever they want to you for money and exposing yourself to the risk of catching god knows what in the process. Keeping your body clean and 100% in your possession, rather then in that of some stranger.
They don't do "whatever they want", they do what the sex worker agrees to do with them in advance. Decriminalization will help make the process considerably more clean and hygienic. And what's this "possession" talk? Do you honestly think you can't have sex with someone without making your body their possession, or vice versa? Not everyone is hardcore sub/dom like that. In a healthy sex industry, the sex worker's body is no more the client's possession than the grill at a Mc Donald
's belongs to the customers.
Because in the absence of a relationship, that's all sex is. A few minutes of fluids and meaningless grunting to satisfy hormonal urges. Particuarly when, as is the case with hookers, they do it several times a day.
...Are you honestly incapable of seeing sex as a positive act in and of itself?
I seriously doubt that they appreciate them other then as a source of money. Why would they, it's not like they know them. It's just a meaningless business transaction as far as the hooker is concerned.
I'm a regular customer at several restaurants. I know them well and am well treated when I'm there. Even when I go to a new restaurant, I appreciate being treated with hospitality and courtesy. It's a good feeling in both directions. Of course, it helps that I view the people working there as human beings.
Or, if the above paragraph was too subtle: it doesn't have to be that way
As has been pointed out before, there would still be illegal activity and those forced into it to cater to the scummy types, only they'd be even harder to deal with because the pimps can hide behind a veneer of legality. After all, how do you tell if someone's doing something of their own free will or because some scumbag has broken them to the point where they can't even think of escaping?
We legalize and regulate the industry, we can clamp down hard on sex slavery. As for the second question? Ask a mental health professional or a cop working the sex slavery rings, they'd know. The point is that decriminalization would let us fight all that bad shit