No, I don't work in prostitution but i've been working on a documentary concerning it and that's why this take is being done. I find myself being on two sides of the field with this.
Why it should be legalized.
If a woman/man is raped while on the job they can't go and report it. It sounds weird when I say "on the job" but here's an example. One of the women I'd interviewed said she was told that she had a "job" with 1 man at his apartment. She goes there and while she's with him all of a sudden 2 men join and she tells the guy she was only told 1 guy, she doesn't do more than 1 guy at a time... long story short, she gets raped by all 3 men and she could not go and report it because 1) she'd get arrested for prostitution and 2) police would look down on her and say she was asking for it because she works as a prostitute.
2. Health care
In many countries you need a reason in order to get ARV's against STI's. In South Africa prostitution is illegal and it basically causes a lot of issues for these people when they go for health check ups .
People suck. (pardon the pun) but need I say more? As a society we look down on people who work in prostitution and make fun of them, we use derogatory terms to define them and basically shame them for doing what they have to do to survive.
We need to learn as a society that lots of people who do this type of work need to do it in order to look after their families and keep themselves afloat. Life isn't all sunshine and rainbows. Be grateful for your blessings and basically just stop judging people for what they do- at the end of the day how does it affect you? What significant role in your life does it play?
An international study surveying prostitutes in nine countries, including the U.S., found that overwhelming numbers suffer serious violence, homelessness and trauma. Some 68 percent meet the standard for suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. Nearly 90 percent said they wanted out of prostitution, but had no other means of survival.
How can you say a person "didn't need" to become a prostitute in order to survive when you yourself complain about the number of homeless people in the country/world?