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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.
Legalizing prostitution means creating a system of regulation with government control. Decimalization means removing all laws against prostitution. There are many different types of sex workers, for example there are brothel workers, street walkers, and call girls (Fuchs, Erin). Street workers are the ones that are the most exploited and exposed to rough and dangerous working conditions (Fuchs, Erin). They make next to nothing and the money that is made is often taken by pimps or traffickers (Sullivan, Barbara).
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Others believe that illicit acts such as human trafficking. Those opposed to prostitution also consider prostitution psychologically harmful to all those involved (Perer 823). Though, prostitution is a controversy in places all over the world, both sides have several points of understanding. Both proponents and opponents of prostitution can agree that the criminalization of prostitutes leads the sex workers away from getting help from the authorities. If a prostitute were abused, she would not go to the police for fear of being prosecuted (Perer 826).
Prostitution “There is no difference in work in which a women sells her hands, such as a typist, and a work in which a women sells her vagina, as in sex work.” Claims author Lacy Sloan. In today’s society, many people believe that prostitution is an immoral act. It is the world’s oldest profession and because it has been long condemned, sex workers are stigmatized from mainstream society (ProQuest Staff). However, the act of purchasing sex between consenting adults should not be prohibited by the government, but regulated for society's overall best interests. Prostitution is illegal and as a consequence prostitutes are often victims of violence and sexual assault; therefore, prostitution should be legalized and regulated to ensure the safety of sex workers.
2014 West, Jackie. "Prostitution: Collectives And The Politics Of Regulation." Gender, Work & Organization. 7.2 (2000): 106-118. Academic Search Premier.
Sex worker is not very difficult to explain because it’s a modern term that is used when talking about prostitutes and porn stars, porn is legal and prostitution is not is the biggest example when defining sex worker. But according to Linda Fairstein, whichever name is used it still leaves a lasting effect on prostitutes for example; Men call up the image of the whore when they are abusing their partners. The accusations in between the kicks and slaps: "You slut....whore...." Historically, the words mean "subhuman," "having no rights," "invisible," and "wicked." As recently as 1991, police in a southern California community closed all rape reports made by prostitutes and addicts, placing them in a file stamped "NHI." The letters stand for the words "No Human Involved."