Belle Knox, Duke Porn Star, Makes A Convincing Case To Legalize Prostitution

Earlier this year, the adult entertainment industry was suddenly thrust into mainstream news over the fact that an aspiring student from Duke University appeared in pornographic movies to help pay her tuition. Because of Belle Knox, a new can of worms was opened up as numerous people made arguments either in favor or against Knox’s professional choices.

The Inquisitr kept up with the story that started when Belle Knox was outed by a fellow student, who happened to also be a porn subscriber. Unfortunately, being outed cost Knox her financial aid ergo her tuition fees were now paid out-of-pocket. Education wise, the debacle did bring up attention to the situation students now face when it comes to student loans. Her porn career however sky-rocketed in spite of the controversy. Knox went on to be interviewed on news shows, and briefly became the “face” of porn. Veteran porn stars felt disdain towards Knox for her new role, especially since they’ve been doing adult entertainment work far longer than her.

Since then, the Belle Knox story has leveled out. Still, Knox is prominent enough for her voice to be taken seriously. In this case, Knox recently written an opinion piece for Rolling Stone in which she makes a convincing case to legalize the oldest profession in the world: prostitution.

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According to Belle Knox’s opinion, she found it to be a perverse tragedy that it is a-okay for people to pay to watch her have sex on camera but it is illegal for people to pay to have sex behind closed doors. Knox follows up her initial statement with history that the market demand for sex will always be strong because it feeds one of humanity’s base natures: to fornicate. In that sense, Knox calls on others to take arms in its legalization.

“The time has come for the world’s oldest profession to be legalized in the so-called Land of the Free for public health, safety and opportunity.”

Belle Knox made sure to first attack the negative view that surrounds prostitution. Usually, such a profession is always surrounded and promoted with images and ideals of hostility and abuse. Knox uses pimping and human sex trafficking as prime examples. She makes sure not to negate that such abuses do exist believing them to be punishable, but she explains that most sex workers enter the industry via their own consent and genuinely enjoy their work.

Of course, Belle Knox had to use her own experiences on how she originally entered the porn industry to pay for tuition but stayed because she felt “empowered.” Fortunately for Knox’s opinion, she also utilizes a study by The New York Times that researched how 500 women felt working in legal brothels in Nevada. From the study, it shows that the majority of prostitutes choose the career for a wide array of reasons and that they felt secure and safe in their decision.

“In legal brothels, employees report that they feel safe, are free to come and go, and are bound only by their contract. Of the brothel workers we surveyed, 84 percent said that their job felt safe. Workers report that they felt safe largely because the police, employers and co-workers were there to protect them.”

With the exception of certain areas in Nevada, prostitution is illegal in the United States. However, if prostitution were to be legalized, it is argued that it can be maintained, regulated, and protected. Not to mention it could become a viable source of taxing for the government. In conclusion, the only issue that some people may have with the legalization of prostitution is on the basis of morality for both the client and the solicitor. Belle Knox provides a simple statement for that dilemma too.

“We are nobody’s rescue project, and we deserve rights, not handcuffs.”

If you want to read the entire piece by Belle Knox, you may do so at Rolling Stone. If you read the entire piece, what are your views on Knox’s argument to legalize prostitution? Is she on point, or is there more to it than what her opinion states?

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