Prostitution, often described as “the oldest profession” has been around for many years, and has been practiced in ancient and modern culture. Dating back to the 18th century, women who rolled the continental war served soldiers and officers as sexual partners. One thing that has never changed is the attempt to regulate. Prostitution should be legal in the U.S because the government can help regulate the spread of STD’s between customer and prostitutes by periodically being tested, reduce violence/rape, can benefit the economy, and sex workers can get labor laws.
Prostitutes are exposed to sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and AIDS. Some of their customers demand unprotected sex and depending on the offer that the prostitute is given, they carry the deal without having protection as a priority. Janice Raymond indicated that “...
Prostitution being illegal and staying that way will help deter young girls from being interested in joining that field of work especially known that they can be locked up. Another reason that prostitution should remain illegal that often times young girls are introduced to drugs like heroine and cocaine while caught up in the world of prostitution, during a year a prostitute can have had sex with as many as fifty men; this can leave them feeling worthless so often times they may turn to hard drugs to ease their pains of feeling used. Lastly, many prostitutes end up either getting killed if a customer forces the prostitutes into sex and he or she doesn’t give consent into sexual services majority of the time prostitutes will get raped. Keeping prostitution illegal does more for society because the majority of prostitution happens during night time in areas known to have bad reputations that are filled with criminals like thieves and
Prostitution allows for a woman to engage in sexual immoralities with multiple partners provided they can afford to pay. This type of practice exposes people to various dangerous diseases which may not be treatable and the more people an individual has sex with, the higher the rate of transmission of such diseases including syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes, and HIV (Clements 60). For instance, an HIV positive woman can infect her child during birth or through breastfeeding after weaning. Married people who engage in sexual activities with other people may end up infecting their marital
For many centuries prostitution has been present in our world. Since ancient times, there have been people selling, buying and controlling the sex industry. Although this is one of the longest living businesses in history, it is still one of the most misunderstood by the public. Anti-prostitution campaigners try and bring in issues of morals and false facts to scare us out of legalizing something most people do on a daily basis. Luckily, there are plenty of facts that prove otherwise and the issue of morals affects no one but the people who are involved. So where is the issue? By legalizing prostitution, we are giving workers the rights they are born with and a safer environment to work in.
In the United States, each state has a different law regarding prostitution. In Holland, prostitution is legal and they even offer free clinics which helps keep a low rate of AIDS. According to Morris, less than 1 percent, compared to 30-40 percent among America’s illegal but probably equally plentiful hooker population (Morris, 1989). Legalization of prostitution in the State of Victoria, Australia, resulted in massive expansion of the sex industry. Along with legalization of prostitution, other forms of sexual exploitation, such as tabletop dancing, bondage and discipline centers, peep shows, phone sex, and pornography, have all developed in much more profitable ways than before legalization (Raymond, 2003). In an article by Kissil and Davey, they mentioned that in the beginning of the 20th century, prostitution was focused on social, economic, and psychological explanations with t...
The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity’s website stated: “even if a prostitute is being tested every week for HIV she still runs the risk of infecting up to 630 clients” while waiting for the results. The study also assumed that the worker would stop practicing as soon as he or she became aware of their positive status, which is unlikely. The article stated that in order to “slow the global spread of HIV and AIDs we should focus our efforts on abolishing prostitution.” (ProCon) There is a clear connection to prostitution and disease. If legalization allowed for access to services would the workers take advantage of it? Would the risk of disease go down? Would the revenue generated truly be enough to benefit the economy or would it fail to cover the cost of the program and cause more budget
By legalizing and regulating the act of prostitution, the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) will decrease. Opponents of legalization believe that STD’s will increase substantially. However, licensed brothels will be required to enforce testing for STD’s. Implementing weekly sexually transmitted disease testing for all licensed workers will reduce the likeliness of spreading diseases to multiple partners. Also, having laws in place to enforce condom use by stating that anyone (worker or customer) caught not using protection will be arrested, fined, and will lose their license to work, will ensure the reduction of the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Brothels are legal in ten of the seventeen counties in the state of Nevada. Those counties are, Churchill, Esmeralda, Pershing, Storey, Lander, Lyon, Humboldt, Elko, White Pine, Mineral, and Nye Counties., “In those ten counties combined, there are fewer reported cases of STD’s than the other seven counties in the state” (Nevada State Health Division STD Program 2013). The Nevada State Health Department collects data concerning sexually transmitted diseases from every d...
Prostitution, which is the act of engaging in sexual intercourse for money, has been part of human society since Biblical times. It had become a common part of our society because the women that choose to take part in prostitution are often on the brink of bankruptcy or already are and need a way to provide for themselves and/or their families. They have few to no laws in place to protect them. This leads to the question of whether prostitution should be legalized or whether it should be kept as a common, but illegal occurrence. There are many reasons it is better for prostitution to be legalized.
To begin, prostitution is known as one of the oldest professions, and it dates as far back as 2400 BCE (Sexton and Cushman, Web). No one can pinpoint the origin, but is it really expected? Obviously, people have been sexually active for all of our existence. This is known because we are sitting here right now. Prostitution is treated differently everywhere in the world, and it continues to change as the times change. As more and more time passes, people become reluctant to the idea of prostitution, but back in the day they were all for it. For example, Greek literature references prostitutes continuously. One type of prostitute in the Greeks writings was called Hetaera which was an educated prostitute who was able to live dual lives. One life as a regular citizen and another as a prostitute, yet both of her lives were completely acceptable in these times. According to tradition brothels, places where prostitution was held, were “government-supported” and prostitution was an acceptable job in the the Greek era (Head, Web). In previous times sex was used as a form of payment and now sex is seen as a sign of affection.
...tution are numerous, and this article sheds light on a few studies. Future academic research on sex workers and the understanding of physical and psychological outcomes could benefit in policy reform. Policing of sex workers is a topic that needs to address. Prostitutes did report forced sex by an officer. Police making arrests of sex workers could have the potential to put them at risk of violence by a pimp. Since typically pimps make their “girls” bring in a certain amount of money either a day or a week, then if a woman gets arrested and is unable to obtain income then she could be at risk of physical assault from her pimp for lack of payment. One important take away fact is that although prostitution is illegal in most parts of the United States, prostitutes are murdered per capita more in the United States than any other country in the world (McClintock, 1993).
The legalization of prostitution again is becoming a very interesting case. Prostitution is illegal in all but one state. Many people are afraid of the spread of AIDS. James Bovard says, that legalization of contraction sex would be step forward protecting the public from health hazards such as aids. According to the article “legalize contractual sex” a good reason fro reforming prostitution law is to safeguard public health. Then we can deal with serious crimes, by spending the resources
Due to the extensive amount of sexual partners sex workers have, higher rates of HIV than those of the general population are found among them. Although these individuals are the ones that need sexual health care more than most, with prostitution being illegal, it is difficult for sex workers to get the proper care they deserve. In turn, criminalizing prostitution contributes to the widespread HIV pandemic. In The Debate over
To fully analyze the current state of prostitution in the U.S. you must understand the beginnings. Prostitution has deep ties to American culture prostitution arrived in America with the early European settlers, in fact some of the women in the American Revolution who followed the Continental Army served the soldiers and officers as sexual partners. In the 19th century brothels and parlor houses around the country began to pop up. Though Prostitution was it was not well-enforced by police and city officials. (Wollman, 1971) With every expansion event sex work followed, from boom towns to the center of the gold rush. “Though clergymen and moralists might would have pressed for the persecution of sex workers,
With all the different ways individuals and organizations view prostitution, they all have one in common. The most common view of prostitution is the form of social and moral deviance that individuals fall into. Most people believe individuals who are involved in prostitution are seen as lacking self-worth. This has been the dominant view and became the basis for criminalization. Many believe this view of people involved in prostitution is what made them vulnerable to all kinds of risks. However, there are other people such as feminists that believe prostitution is a form of work or profession. Feminists also believe that individuals who are involved in prostitution do so freely and that it's within their civil