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Human trafficking is an atrocity, yes. And the exponentially worse when for sexual use of children.
But throughout history such activity has been going on, even "policy" promulgated by the conquering
forces in Old Testament victories (slay every man and beast and woman who has lain with man but
keep the others for your own use).
Criminalizing human instinct-impulse (even horrendous and whore-endous) solves nothing, rather, the
opposite results. Think Prohibition. Think the "war on drugs". Enterprise becomes crime, those engaging
even just for their pleasure or perversity become criminal and within a crime-context, a profit-factor
comes about for the gain of the worst elements of humanity to further exploit the most vulnerable to
thus increase their product!!!
Legalizing prostitution would be a preventative of human trafficking, especially underage. Legalizing
prostitution might even entail requiring that those engaged in "sex enterprises" (as prostitutes, but also
dominatrices and other fetish positions) . . be licenced!! There would be conditions and controls over
the trades and the participants. And, obversely, there would be benefit for those who of legal age and
self-determination would engage in the erotic economy. Government regulated, sexual enterprise is
really just enterprise like any other (except that it happens to usually be conducted naked).
Illegal, prostitution and human trafficking and child-porn are the "moonshine" mayhem that distributes
its product (victims of sexual exploitation) worldwide and without any constraint of a system in which
the personnel and activities (and health factors) would be a selectivity of sex-trade participants --
and a supervision of who and where -- and the protection from dismemberment and disease by "legitimizing"
and even localizing (as business-centers) prostitution and alternative sexual activity enterprise.
With such a legalization would be the opportunity for a woman (or man, for sexual enterprise involves
both genders (and those "between" or "as") . . . there'd be the procedure and protection to turn in the
license and be free to go into a different occupation.
Simply, establishing a format wherein "sex-trade" is a licensed occupation, would likely be for the
benefit of all. And controlled legalization of sex business would absolutely not result in situations worse than
exist in the market unregulated other than by criminals, pedofiles, and, perhaps least-worst pimps.