There was a common theme among three articles in the Feb. 16 edition: “Percentage of Maryland voters against casinos rises” [Metro], “D.C. lacks pot rules even as legalization day nears” [front page] and “Prostitution still a problem along 14th Street corridor” [Metro].

We have legalized gambling and drug use: gambling because there’s revenue and marijuana (if not other drugs) partly because it’s a strain on the legal system with unenforceable laws.

What is stopping the legalization of this third vice, the oldest and most clearly unstoppable one? There could be only benefits to licensing the profession and having women in the trade be healthier, of legal age and acting as free agents instead of being victims of trafficking and brutality.

Harise Poland-Wright, Silver Spring