Satisfactory Essays
Some put one a suit and tie. Some strap on a hard at and a safety vest. Some put on revealing clothing and heavy makeup. All have bills to pay and all have real jobs. However, only two can count a safety and the protection of law enforcement in their line of work. It’s been said that prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, yet it still carries an enormous amount of stigma, and is still illegal in one of the most industrialized nations in the world. Although prostitution and sex work in general have many negative societal connotations, its legalization would not only have economical benefits, and improve working condition for those already working in the industry, but would also control the spread of STDs and HIV in the sex industry. The truth as with anything, resists simplicity. The issue of legalizing prostitution is not a simple one and would come with many restrictions and provisions. The fact remains that in this day and age sexuality is no longer taboo and if the transaction is even two consenting adults it should be a legitimate, legal profession.
Prostitution has been rejected by polite society as scandalous and grotesque, yet it continues to behind closed door and on dark street corners. Some think that the legalization of prostitution would only further to degrading society and would create a haven for human trafficking. Sex is thought to be the most intimate form of human interaction, therefore many believe it should not be undermined and traded as a commodity. Conservatives often reject prostitution on religious grounds. Christians will cite the fifth commandment, Thou shall not commit adultery, and text from the Bible such as, none of the daughters of Israel shall be a cult prostitute, and none of the sons o...

... middle of paper ...

...iolence and better overall working conditions. This should be the U.S’s model for legalization as well.
Historically prostitution has been instrumental in the spread of HIV and other STDs. It was once thought the only way to catch a STD was through contact with a prostitute or promiscuous ladies. Which would lead one to believe that the legalization of prostitution would only further the spread of disease. It is true that the spread of STDs and HIV is rampant in unregulated prostitution, where unprotected sex is very common, but again this is illegal prostitution.
The truth however is quite the contrary. According to and article in the Lancet “In one Australian study carried out in 1998, the prevalence of sexually transmitted bacterial infections was 80 times greater in 63 illegal street prostitutes than in 753 of their legal brothel counterparts.”(cite this).
Get Access