Should Prostitution Be Legal in the USA?

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Should prostitution be legal in the United States? Nevada is currently the only state in the nation to legalize prostitution. They exercise this right in the form of regulated brothels. The power to legalize prostitution is a state power; however, most states have chosen not to legalize this service. Some view prostitution as a business, selling goods and services to make a profit, but others view it as morally wrong. Most people think selling one’s body for money should not be promoted, but others simply see prostitution as business.
Critics of prostitution are concerned with the ethics of the service. They argue that, prostitutes do not have morals because they are having intercourse to make a profit. This also ties into religion; most religious people believe intercourse should be shared between a man and his wife. Prostitution is seen as a nontraditional and shameful profession. Women and men are taught to treasure their body, and some think selling your body is a sign of being worthless and having low self-esteem. Also most people think prostitution is not safe for one’s health. The stigma that prostitutes are not clean and do not use contraception make people believe sexually transmitted diseases are high amongst people involved in this service industry. Some think that a person’s body, especially a woman’s is of high value and prostitution strips it of its glory. The argument here is that a person who partakes in prostitution is immoral and does not value their body.
The argument against prostitution is clear. People have been told their whole lives to treasure their body, sex is for married couples, and those who are religious think they will go to hell if they have sexual intercourse out of wedlock. Most of society has...

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...essional advertisements. I am pro-choice when it comes to prostitution. I believe the choice to become a prostitute or become involved in that industry should be up to the individual. If prostitution is legalized, then there will be more brothels. With the rise of brothels there will be fewer streetwalkers. “No person's human or civil rights should be violated on the basis of their trade, occupation, work, calling or profession.” (Procon.org). Allowing people to make their own decisions is what the United States stands upon, so why deny people the right to make the decision to become a prostitute?

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