Legalization refers to regimes like Australia (some states), Germany and the Netherlands that have removed criminal sanctions but also regulate prostitution, attempting to control the prostitution industry.
Legalization of prostitution:
• Opens doors for traffickers, with increase in profits
• Increases international trafficking (more foreign women are needed to meet the demand); women are frequently recruited from Romania and Russia.
• Promotes sex trafficking
• Expands the sex industry, both legal and illegal
• Increases illegal and street prostitution
• Increases child prostitution
• Does not protect the women and children in prostitution
• Increases the demand side by encouraging men to buy more women for sex for profit
• Does not promote women’s health
• Does not enhance women’s choice
• Increases organized crime and gang networks
• Increases violence and deaths
Generally, legalization normalizes the sexual exploitation of women and children and lets the predators act with impunity.
Image Credit: By Vulkanhorn (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons. This brothel is conveniently located near highway exits. Even the golden arches are nearby; notice top-right above the billboard tower.