Argumentative Essay On Prostitution

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Prostitution is an age old issue that has divided society for centuries. It is a moral issue that society has always been divided on. Some people feel that prostitution is disgusting and should remain illegal while others believe that prostitution will continue no matter what efforts are taken, so it might as well be legalized. Those people tend to believe that sex is something that should be done in the privacy of one’s own home. While there are negative aspects concerned with prostitution, there are also good ones too, and Nevada is a perfect example. Prostitution should not be legalized because it offers no real benefits. The main reason people believe prostitution should be legalized is because they think it will boost the economy. According to Nevada State Tax Examiner Ruth Jones, “the state does not reap the rewards of this million-dollar industry. There are no state taxes and because it is up to each individual county to decide if it wants to allow prostitution within its borders, the only real revenue the state sees come from sales tax on bar sales” (Gormley). If the state is not receiving money for legalized prostitution, then how can it boost the economy? How is it beneficial to society? Another negative effect of legalized prostitution is human trafficking. Legalized prostitution increases the risk of human trafficking. Seo-Yeong Cho of the German Institute for Economic Research, Axel Dreher of the University of Heidelberg, and Eric Neumayer of the London School of Economics and Political Science conducted a study on the correlation between legalized prostitution and human trafficking. They concluded that countries with legalized prostitution report a greater incidence of human trafficking inflows. They also found the ... ... middle of paper ... ...ondoms for all sex in brothels. This law is posted on the outside of the state's brothels, according to the paper by Barbara Brents and Kathryn Hausbeck of the University of Nevada” (Fuchs). Even though it has been beneficial to Nevada, it has also caused a major problem. For example, the rape rates have increased due to legalized prostitution. A little over half of the counties in Nevada have legalized prostitution. There are “17 counties within the state of Nevada, and only 11 of them have legalized prostitution. Legalized prostitution is restricted to the rural counties in Nevada. Among the rural counties in the state, those with legalized prostitution have rape rates in 2007 that are over five times larger than rural counties without legalized prostitution” (Ruggieri, Miethe, Hart). Legalized prostitution does not stop rape, and actually makes the problem worse.
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