Well, I've been thinking recently, and I thought "why is prostitution illegal?".
Prostitution is one of the oldest professions in history, literally, it is one of the first services ever offered and payed for. It has always, and will always exist. So, why is it illegal? And obvious answer is morality: people think that prostitutes are "loose women", and in an attempt to rid themselves of such morally bankrupt women, make the act illegal. The second argument is that prostitutes are no better than slaves, or at least work to decrease the status of women.
However, prostitution laws in America have worked to make the status of women, and prostitutes, even worse. Prostitution is a reviled act, and women who are prostitutes are second class citizens, and are treated as criminals. Any woman who does anything resembling a prostitute, even as far as having a ton of sex, is labeled a prostitute. Prostitution has made female sexuality a negative thing, and has made those who use it to make money criminals.
Further, women who are prostitutes while it is illegal are subject to something much worse than social stigmata: male abuse. From their pimps who can abuse them for not turning enough profit, to their clients who can abuse them to no real consequence, prostitutes are beaten in almost every aspect of the business. And the problem is, they have no legal rights with this regard, as they are prosecuted worse than the clients who pay them, and they are far more likely to get caught than the pimps who control them.
The prevalence of STDs and hard drug abuse is also incredibly high with prostitutes, being as their working environment is conducive to both. Female prostitutes often do not have the ability to get treatment for their STDs, be it because of health care, or because of social stigma.
Because of this, I propose prostitution be legalized nation-wide in the US. The creation of Brothels and Unions would assure that these women become more akin to respectable business women than common whores. It also assures that these women cannot be beaten senselessly, as they would now have legal rights and a more public place to conduct their business. Unionization would also allow them to receive treatment for STDs, and any sort of drug testing would bring down the incidence of drug abuse. Finally, these women would have a taxable income.