Should Prostitution Be Legal?

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Tommy Zheng Eng 112 Amolsch 7/22/14 Legalizing Prostitution The phrase “sex sells” has been circulating in the media for a long time. The origin behind this phrase dates back to ancient times to the oldest profession: prostitution. Prostitution is defined as the act of providing sexual services to a person in exchange for money, goods or other services (Trifiolis 1). For as long back as we have records, evidence can be found of people “selling sex” for some sort of gain (History, par. 1). Prostitution has been around for centuries. Prostitution has been around since the times of the epic tale of Gilgamesh and the Old Testament to today 's "red light" districts. They were found back in ancient Japan; they were being called Geisha. In ancient Greek, prostitution were classified into three categories: the first were referred to as pornai, or slave prostitutes; the second were known as freeborn street prostitutes; and the third were called hetaera and were educated prostitute-entertainers who enjoyed a level of social influence that were denied to nearly all non-prostitute women. Hetaera was always women and never men. Prostitution is a touchy subject anywhere people go. It once was legal but currently it is illegal in the United States. Women or men who sell their bodies as well as women or men who pay for sexual services are criminals according to the standing legislation in the United States. Prostitution should not be a crime. Prostitutes are not committing any harmful act. While the spread of disease are possible in the field of prostitution, criminalization is not the way to address the matter. Prostitution is a victimless crime only if the prostitutes are willingly selling their body. If legal, these women can be save from b... ... middle of paper ... ...t legal. Legalizing prostitution promotes safety and reduces crime (mainly violence against women), puts more regulation on the prostitution industry, and generates economic profits. Let men be men. Legalize it Word Cited Barton, Robin. "Why Prostitution Should Be Legalized in the U.S.." The Crime Report - Your complete Criminal Justice source. The Crime Report, 18 Feb. 2014. Web. 8 July 2014. Fuchs, Erin. "7 Reasons Why America Should Legalize Prostitution." Business Insider. Business Insider, Inc, 13 Nov. 2013. Web. 7 July 2014. "History and Debate of Legalized Prostitution." Legalized Prostitution Debate. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 July 2014. Itzler, Jason. "It 's time to legalize prostitution ." NY Daily News. NY Daily News, 30 May 2012. Web. 8 July 2014. Trifiolis, Kristie, "Legalizing Prostitution: An Introduction" Seton Hall Unversity. eReposity. 2014. Paper 139

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