Regarding the Dec. 20 Metro article “Up-to-date vice trap,” about a police sting in Prince George’s County:

Most states have declared prostitution illegal, and the practice of prostitution poses many dangers to the sex providers and their clients. The possibility of assault, robbery, transmission of disease and criminal charges exists for both parties. If an individual is married, the risk of breaking up a family and divorce also exists.

Legal prostitution that is regulated and taxed eliminates most of the dangers. The main objection is a moral one. Should the state get involved in a business that many consider harmful and immoral? Many people consider alcohol, cigarettes and gambling to be immoral and unhealthful, but the state taxes and regulates these industries. Legal prostitution may be distasteful to some, but it is the logical way to treat the issue.

J.R. Rush, Gaithersburg