Decriminalization Of Prostitution

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Since the beginning of time prostitution has been an ongoing controversial debate. Prostitution has been practiced throughout ancient and modern culture has been described as "the world's oldest profession” and despite consistent attempts at regulation, it continues nearly unchanged. Prostitution is the act or practice of engaging in promiscuous sexual relations for money. It occurs across cultures and political systems, even operating in socialist societies. The exploitation of engaging in sexual relations for money is considered to be a serious global issue in most countries around the world. There are many debates on why one of the world's oldest professions should be decriminalized, but prostitution should not be legalized because it is…show more content…
It is argued that no one is necessarily harmed because there are two consenting adults involved in the action. This is false, according to Ruchir Gupta, MA, who states that, “Prostitution is definitely not a victimless crime. Women in prostitution are victimized on a daily and hourly basis. They are victimized from the time of recruitment because they are victims of multiple discriminations such as being girls, being poor, and very often being from marginalized race or caste communities" (Gupta). Most often, the decision to become a prostitute is made out of necessity. Often women have no other way of making money and they lead such troubled lives that they think this will help get them out of their destitute state. Unfortunately, this decision often comes with the loss of freedom due to a woman’s pimp representation and the control the pimp has on their day to day lives. Prostitutes are often abused by their pimps and sometimes forced into induced and pressured drug addiction, (sometimes taking drugs to mask the pain of the duties of their sex job) not to mention they are more often than not plagued with sexually transmitted diseases. According to research and clinical findings done by Melissa Farley, Ph.D. regarding violence in all types of prostitution, 95% of those in prostitution experienced severe sexual harassment and 80% to 90%…show more content…
Prostitution should not be legalized because it is not a victimless crime, it will not decrease violence toward prostitutes, and it will not help the economy. Prostitution demoralizes women and selling a woman’s body should not be a livelihood. There is no resemblance of prostitution to ordinary employment in the ritual degradation of strangers using a woman’s body to satiate their urges. Women are often exploited not only by the men that purchase their services but also by their pimps. Some advocates argue that women in prostitution sell sex as a consenting adult, but those who do consent are typically part of a privileged minority, primarily white, middle-class, Western women in escort agencies, not remotely representative of the global majority. A pimps right to sell doesn’t trump a prostitutes right to not be sold in a trade that preys on women already marginalized by class and
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