to buy sex begins with the premise that it's base and exploitative and demeaning to sex workers.
Individual women have a right to decide that for themselves.
"The United States government takes a firm stance against proposals to legalize prostitution because prostitution directly contributes to the modern-day slave trade and is inherently demeaning."
Those women who are thus abused should be helped HOWEVER, the vast majority of prostitutes do it because they have drug or drinking or gambling habits. Additionally, many women have total control of themselves and do it for the money and the independence it affords them. In short, they are professional career women. The "politically correct" bureaucrats and certain feminist organizations have tried to convince people that all the prostitutes are abused and demeaned in some manner.
The government also claims that legalizing or tolerating prostitution creates "greater demand for human trafficking victims.
This was a major point foisted by feminist groups. Actually, the opposite would occur as more women would find the 'legality' of prostitution as an excuse to get into it thus any demand for "trafficking victims" would be greatly diminished.
You don't have to be a moralist or a prude to buy the argument for banning prostitution
No you don't, but you forgot to include feminists .........
Good luck banning the planets oldest profession.