Prostitution is sometimes referred to as the longest standing profession, and what is very clear is that it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Brothels and prostitution was frequent and rampant in the past. If you look into ancient Roman society you will find a great deal of art depicting sexual acts between, men and women along with sexual acts between homosexuals. It is also important to know the difference between legalizing prostitution and decimalizing prostitution. Legalizing prostitution means creating a system of regulation with government control.
Bishakla and Dianne Post. “Should Prostitution Be Legalized?” New Internationalist Apr. 2013:28-30. Print. Dye, Eric.
The true problems lay in the pimps and the whole sex commerce, not in the prostitutes themselves; prostitutes are merely victims. One of the greatest problems that sex commerce brings in the U.S. is the amount of minors that are sex trafficked into prostitution. Though it is hard to calculate because prostitution is illegal, it is estimated that the average prostitute is 12 years old (McKeel 2010). Children are popular targets for pimps as they are defenseless, innocent and manipulable. U.S. law doesn’t spare child prostitutes.
When human trafficking is involved, the person has no way to say no due to being forced against their will. The kidnapped sex slaves are brutally beat, raped, and starved in order to keep from putting up a fight (Random History). Finding ways to cease human trafficking, especially when it involves prostitution, will save the rights of women because they will be able to consent to fornication. According to Ruth Rosenberg: Human trafficking involves by definition human beings. These are individuals that have been subject to exploitation and serious human rights violations.
In his book Love For Sale, Nils Johan Ringdal wrote, “If nobody wants to sell sex, it is a crime to force anyone to do so. But when men or women do want to sell their bodies, they should have that full right without encountering punishment or discrimination.” Prostitution, often described as the world’s oldest profession is a legitimate criminal offence in 109 countries of the world today (“Human Trafficking Statistics”). Laws on prostitution vary considerably from country to country: in some countries it is punishable by death penalty ("Iran - Facts on Trafficking”), in some it is a crime punishable by prison sentence, while in other jurisdictions, it is a lesser administrative offense punishable only with a fine ("The Sentencing and Punishment”). Punishments are usually more severe for the sex workers and pimps than for the solicitors of prostitution. In the United States of America, prostitution is illegal in all of its 50 states with the exception of the state of Nevada.