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.
When looking at legalized prostitution you see safer and healthier women, and shouldn’t that always be the point of everything we do? To answer this question it is important that you understand what prostitution is. As defined by the Merriam –Webster dictionary prostitution is “the act of having sex in exchange for money”. In most of the United States prostitutes or sex workers work on the streets, shady alleys or what some would refer to as “crack houses”. Prostitution is sometimes referred to as the longest standing profession, and what is very clear is that it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
One could argue that the best way to deal with this would be to legalize prostitution for the benefit of the sex workers, in a physical and social sense, and society at large. In the current system, prostitutes are subject to such physical dangers as violence from clients and pimps, as well as a much higher risk of HIV/AIDs infection and other sexually transmitted diseases. Under the current system, prostitutes must work in the shadows; many work for pimps or in illegal brothels, meaning they must give up a large portion of their earnings as well as the freedom to refuse clients. They are living in constant fear of assault and arrest. (Klinger) The fear of arrest keeps these women from asking for help from authorities which makes them prime targets for physical violence, rape, and murder... ... middle of paper ... ...rrence of “regulars” and spend more time with their clients.
In order to supply the labor for the prostitution industry, human trafficking becomes worse when it focus on women, and children. It transfers to sex trafficking. Many women are victims of human trafficking work in brothels, a part of them work as Streetwalker. Some countries give the idea that prostitution should be legalized to reduce the rate of human trafficking and sex trafficking, but they are wrong. Because, if we pass the law for prostitution, human trafficking and sex trafficking will increase in order to supply prostitutes for prostitution industry.
They are only considered to be good estimates determined by the data collected. The prostitution industry is the key driver of sex trafficking because of its money making potential. Due to prostitution, sex trafficking is getting more and more out of hand. To address this subject buying sex should be a considered a criminalized act, and selling sex should be decriminalized. Doing this on a worldwide basis could help drive demand in the sex industry down, and could encourage women and girls in captivity to come forward without fear of persecution.
The letters stand for the words "No Human Involved." (Fairstein) To dehumanize females in prostitution some people create stereotypes that cause people to down on prostitutes, such as their drug users which results in suicide, whores, they have no morals or values, their doing it to support an addiction, have STDs, doesn't respect thems... ... middle of paper ... ...b. 2011. . Marwitz, G., I. Hengst, and R. Hornle. "Prostitution as a Consequence of Sexual Abuse."
Even the gauge of how industrialized a country can determine how that culture views prostitution, with many third world countries being more lenient on the matter, and many first world countries being much more strict on the matter, such as the some of the countries in Europe and also the United States. Although throughout much of the beginnings of our country the act of adultery was rampant, prostitution has always been viewed in a negative light in the United States. The mass adultery even went so far as to quell the act of prostitution due to the fact that they were simply were not needed (Esselstyn 1968). Throughout most of the ninetieth and twentieth centuries prostitution was associated with other socially immoral objects and act, such as the use of drugs, alcohol, and also the act of gambling. While society viewed these as the true threats to society, they view prostitution a... ... middle of paper ... ...journals.org/content/7/1/225 2) Rivers-Moore, M. (2010).
In ancient era, there were women who were treated like prostitutes called concubines and now they are called sex workers. Prostitution started centuries ago and still it is going on. Although prostitution is illegal in most part of the world, the number of sex workers is increasing gradually. Prostitution should be legal in order to terminate criminalization of prostitutes, provide safety to the sex workers, and also to tackle the issue of illegal trafficking. Sex workers are the women who are coerced to pursue prostitution as their vocation, and they are the one who are criminalized instead of the sex traffickers.
Proposers for criminalization argues that decriminalizing prostitution protects the pimps, but not only that it will also protect women sex workers. Decriminalization will protect sex workers from exploitation, trafficking and violence from these pimps. Laws will be passed against all these brutal acts against women sex workers which will deter men clients and pimps from doing any devious act against prostitutes. In the article “Buying Sex Should Not Be Legal” by Rachel Moran stated that, in the US prostitution is worth at least $14 billion a year. Moran said, “Most of that money doesn’t goes to these girls,” but if is was legal the law enforcement and the government would also protect workers from being underpaid and
Pimps will force these girls or women to perform the sexual acts taken place in Prostitution and then they take the money given. These pimps don’t tend to get much punishment because the women did the act of prostitution. Alex K. Rich expresses that prostitution needs to be more policed since there are so many loopholes. He goes further to say, “The bulk of the punishment, however, needs to be directed at those who have forced these women into prostitution and controlled them at every turn, namely the pimps and customers. One solution to the problem of prostitution is across-the-board enforcement of laws that prohibit or even criminalize the actions of pimps, customers, and prostitutes while providing rehabilitation opportunities and federal aid for former prostitutes”(Rich).