Decriminalization Of Prostitution

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The proposed legalization of prostitution is not a new debate, nor is it a subject that has been overlooked in research. The term prostitution is best defined as any situation in which one person pays another for sexual gratification (Greenberg, Bruess, & Oswalt, 2014). Though there are many types of sex workers such as strippers, bar girls, and phone sex operators, this argument will focus solely on those in the business of trading physical sex for money or bartering. Prostitution is already legal in eleven cities in Nevada and should be permitted throughout the remainder of the United States. Nevada’s legal prostitution areas will be used as a prime example as to the many benefits of nationwide legalization such as decreased sexual violence crime rates, economic development, health benefits and protection of the workers, and optimal laws that at the very least decriminalize organized prostitution. In this paper, I challenge to change the perception of prostitution in today’s society by providing many of the most common arguments used to defend it, so that an unbiased judgment may finally be considered in the legalization and decriminalization of prostitution in organized sanctions such as brothels and businesses promoting sex (i.e: Strip clubs, massage parlors, and fetish clubs).
Many argue that prostitution should remain illegal because it invokes and will promote sexual violence. But, is prostitution actually violent? Researchers Barbara G. Brents and Kathryn Hausbeck of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas answer this question in their article Violence and Legalized Brothel Prostitution in Nevada by stating “If by violence we mean actual physical harm, our research in brothels indicates that it is not. However, our researc...

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...tly outweigh the costs associated with legalizing the inevitable trade.
Through the legalization of prostitution comes increased personal rights and health aids such as mandatory health screenings and available healthcare. Mandating the use of contraception, such as condoms, would help lower the rate of exchange of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) in the profession. When the Bush administration incorporated the mandatory use of condoms and health screenings for pornography workers, the rate of exchange of STI’s dramatically decreased. If the same concept went into effect for prostitutes, similar outcomes would be expected. The workers would not have to subject themselves to unprotected sex. In brothels, condoms are readily available and are encouraged. Brothels also regulate health screenings for its workers to insure the safety of its workers and clients.
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