Having the Super Bowl in New Jersey has raised awareness on human trafficking in the Garden State.

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Governor Christie addressed the subject, and referred to it as modern slavery. Human trafficking often involves forcing people into prostitution or labor to pay their debt for being brought to America.

According to Forbes, 10,000 prostitutes were brought to Miami for the 2010 Super Bowl. Additionally, 133 minors were arrested for prostitution during the 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas.

Would one way to fight humans trafficking be to legalize prostitution in New Jersey? If legalizing marijuana would cut down on drug crime, would it be safe to say that legalizing prostitution would cut down on human trafficking? If people could satisfy their needs legally, with trained disease tested personnel who know why there there and want to be doing what they’re about to do, why would people want to take the illegal risk?

Business Insider cites 7 reasons why selling sex legally works. They claim that sex reduces violence against women, that it would make workers healthier, that it’s a victimless crime, and a great source of tax revenue. It could also save law enforcement resources, and legal prostitutes could get labor rights since it’s the worlds oldest profession and isn’t going away anytime soon. Why not make it work for us?

In Nevada, both condoms and mandatory heath checks are required for prostitutes, and they must be either 18 or 21 depending on where they are. Prostitutes are also independent contractors who do not receive health care benefits. In 2006 Lyons county made $316,000 in brothel fees and 25,000 in working permits for prostitutes.

Do you think prostitution should be legal in New Jersey?