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Hello Reader! Here is yet another “A Day in a Life” article, made for you! In this article I want to talk about an issue that indirectly affects us teenagers. While I was at class a few days ago, my Economics teacher mentioned legalizing prostitution. At first, I was insulted by the idea. I was raised a devout Catholic, and was taught that pre-marital sex is one the gravest sins you can commit. And plus, even if you aren’t a Catholic, if you believe in morality, you would be insulted too.
But then after a debate with one of my classmates, “Mermaid,” I was able to see the economic side of legalizing this foul practice. Here is the actual debate conversation we had.
The Prophet (Me): Mermaid, if we legalize prostitution, immorality would spread. Would you want our country to be known as a country who has given up our principles and given in to immorality just to boost up our economy?
Mermaid (M): Dude, yes prostitution is immoral, but it is being practiced anyway! If we legalize it, at least we would know who these people are. And of course the government would be able to regulate it. Plus, crimes in our country would decrease, and when this industry grows, more jobs will be created.
Me: How can the government regulate it when it grows Mermaid? Who’s to say that the private sector wouldn’t want to have their own prostitution business? It will all fall to the same thing. The government legalizes it, the industry grows. The private sector will want to be part of the industry. So the government allows them to create their own p-business, under their “regulation” of course. But there will always be illegal happenings Mermaid. What if the p-businesses begin to trade? Wont that be human trafficking? By legalizing this crime, therefore no longer making it a crime, you’re going to increase existing crimes, or worse, create new types of crimes.
M: But dude, it wouldn’t be called human trafficking anymore, because we’ve already legalized it. The industry will ONLY be under the government. It won’t let the private sector get its hands on it. The industry will only grow only to a point where the government will allow.
Me: You don’t know the power of the private sector Mermaid, and you put too much faith in our government to “regulate” this type of business. They’ve been trying to regulate and distribute our farmlands for God knows how many years and has there been any major progress that they can boast about?
M: Well I don’t know about that. But immoral or not, prostitution is already being practiced. I think the best thing to do now is to legalize and to regulate it. And whether our government will be efficient in regulating it or not, at least the benefits would be obvious.
Me: Yes, but the consequences are inevitable.
I did understand what Mermaid was trying to point out. And all of which is true, once we legalize prostitution, more jobs will be created, crimes will decrease, and our economy would grow. I’ve also heard my other classmates and schoolmates agreeing to it; therefore I think I’m the odd one out. But I can’t help think that, they’ve focused too much on the benefits and overlooked the consequences. But I don’t know. Maybe I’m wrong; I am after all the odd one out.
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