Legalizing Prostitution

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Prostitution has been a part of our world's culture since the beginning of time, and is the world's oldest profession. Prostitution is defined by the Webster dictionary as “the act or practice of engaging in promiscuous sexual relations especially for money.” If prostitution were legalized, there would a reduction in sex crimes, American citizens would have the freedom to choose any profession within the sex industry and it would provide economic benefits for the local and federal governments, as well as the population. According to Jacqueline Barnhart in her book, “The Fair but Frail,” there is an increase of sex crimes in locations where prostitution was made legal. She also argues legalized prostitution promotes and contributes to sex trafficking. Barnhart argues that even though countries, such as Germany and the Netherlands, have gone through great extents to make prostitution legal and sex trafficking a high crime, in the end, it does not work (Barnhart, 53). In countries where prostitution is legal, there would be an expected higher rate of sex and human trafficking, due to the demand of prostitution and the local men and women not being able to fulfill that demand. There is no evidence to substantiate this claim that Barnhart makes. In 1999, Sweden implemented legislation that increased measures taken against prostitution, pimps and brothel owners. The law also decriminalized prostitution, to protect women or men that were possibly being forced into the industry. The law also included an education program throughout the country warning sex industry customers that degrading prostitutes was illegal. Again, this helped decriminalize prostitution and made the consumer the criminal. After Sweden passed the law, there was no ... ... middle of paper ... ...ese states and instead of laying off teachers and closing schools, these states could be offering more programs at school to better the education of the student. If prostitution were made legal, there would be certain laws to prevent the abuse of prostitutes while on the job. The basic rights of any American citizen are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. By keeping the profession illegal, prostitutes are not able to pursue happiness and live their lives freely. The government is infringing on the basic rights of a human being. Legalizing prostitution has benefits not only for the prostitute, but also for the population. There would be a reduction in sex crimes, American citizens would have the freedom to choose any profession within the sex industry and it would provide economic benefits for the local and federal governments, as well as the population.

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