“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist” is a quote by Salman Rushdie which means that everyone will not always agree or approve of what decisions one makes, but in order for freedom to exist, personal opinions must be viewed as irrelevant. Because prostitution is labeled as a crime due to its deplorable conduct and not because prostitution itself is a harmful act, this quote is applicable when discussing this issue. Why are prostitution laws enforced in the United States? When taking a closer look into prostitution, one would see that incarcerating these individuals for taking part in this act is ambivalent and absurd. Although prostitution is inherently immoral, it should be legalized because it is a victimless crime. If prostitution was legalized, it would first promote a safer environment. One way prostitution can promote a safer environment is by reducing crime. Because of laws against prostitution, prostitutes are forced to work on the streets. Driving prostitution underground, only puts the prostitutes at risk to experience violence and harassment. "It is estimated that if prostitution were legalized in the United States, the rape rate would decrease by roughly 25% for a decrease of approximately 25,000 rapes per year...” (Cundiff). By prostitution becoming more readily available, the amount of rape would begin to falter because the sexual desires of the customers would be fulfilled. Another way legalizing prostitution can help promote a safer environment is by offering prostitutes better healthcare. Because prostitution is illegal, many prostitutes fail to seek medical attention. These prostitutes are fearful of being arrested and don not feel safe accepting the help. By not receiving medical help, prostitutes are more likely to catch and spread many viruses and infections. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, and HIV/AIDS are just a few sexually transmitted diseases and viruses that prostitutes are exposed to (Weitzer 72). Protection from exploitation is the last way to promote a safer environment. Prostitution has been known for being violent. The customers and “pimps” often try to dominate the prostitute, usually to make them fearful and more submissive. By legalizing prostitution, it would put the prostitutes at power over their customers and give them more authority. It would reduce the amount of harassment and give the prostitutes more control of their body. Legalizing prostitution would also help contribute to the economy of our country. One way legalization could help boost the economy is by increasing the tax revenues. By legalizing prostitution, it is therefore creating more jobs which then leads to an increase in the amount of taxpayers. The country will gain tax revenue that otherwise would have been lost. The country would also save money by decreasing the use of taxpayer’s money on police manpower and defense attorneys, and instead use the revenue to create jobs and other ways to promote the economy. Decreasing poverty is another way legalizing prostitution would help boost the country's economy. In most cases, prostitutes are not in charge of their earnings and usually have to answer to an authoritative figure. These individuals who are in control of these prostitutes will usually keep most of the earnings and leave the prostitutes with little to no money. Because of this unfair treatment, many prostitutes live in poor conditions and living environments. With the legalization of prostitution, prostitutes can have the ability to sue and a chance to receive fair treatment. Lastly, prostitution should be legalized to allow adults the right to make their own decisions with the use of their bodies. By doing so, it will first reduce the number of victims associated with prostitution. Because prostitution is such a secretive act, prostitutes are taken advantage of and usually abused. If prostitution became more open, the violence would be reduced due to it's
Should Prostitution be Legalized?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary states that prostitution is the act of having sex in exchange for money. Prostitution is only legal in the state of Nevada but only in 8 out of the 16 of it’s counties. Everywhere else in the United States prostitution is illegal. Now the question is should prostitution be legalized throughout the United States? Yes, I believe that prostitution most definitely should be legalized. People, including myself consider prostitution a victimless…
Prostitution is one of the oldest trades in mankind. Most can agree that prostitution is a nasty, disgusting sin that has no right in our society. Although it's illegal, prostitution is thriving in America and technology is only making it easier. As long as there is a demand from prostitutes there will always be a supply, also it will help with sex trafficking, it will be safer for the prostitutes and the consumers and the money can go back into our society. That’s why prostitution should…
The Legality of Prostitution
By: Arshia Davari
It started in the early 1800’s. It is defined as the practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activities with someone for a payment; Sex for money. It is labeled as Prostitution and it should be cleaned off our streets. Many argue that it is for the pleasure of the wealthy, but is it really worth risking the chance of getting a disease with no cure known as Aids? That’s an extreme case, however, prostitutions cons outweigh the pros by a major…
The Process of Legalizing Prostitution
Prostitution is a service that has been around ever since the beginning of human existence. It’s a highly controversial subject that is left on whether it should be legalized or not. Even though the whole concept has been looked down upon as dirty and immoral ever since biblical times. For example, in Deuteronomy 23:17 it states “And the women of Israel were forbidden to practice prostitution” (Meier 2006). However, why should a women not be able to…
December 21, 2014
Effectiveness of the Legalization of Prostitution
Prostitution is a multi-billion dollar, globally distributed service industry that have created many victims and criminal behind this practice being illegal (Farmer, 2013). The legalization of prostitution and setting regulations will decrease human trafficking and allow law enforcement to focus on more violent crimes.
Legalizing prostitution will allow monitoring to take place ensuring underage children and women…
Legalization of Prostitution
Prostitution is a subject that has been widely spoken about. Legalizing prostitution brings up many arguments and debate. Prostitution, while causing an abundance of controversy, holds three specific beneficial aspects to society. These include the elimination of violence benefit, the financial benefit, and the health benefit. Prostitution is looked down upon in many ways. Prostitution is known to be the act of receiving money, or items…
Prostitution is one of the oldest professions in the world not just the United States, but the world! Women have been in the “field” of prostitution for centuries, whether it was by force or choice. I think that prostitution should be legalized because the fact that it is not creates more issues and problems in the long run, when legalizing it would be a cure to many issues that are created because it is not. . In the article titled The Case for Legalized Prostitution written by Paul…
Sex Trade: Should Government Legalize the Sex Trade or Not?
Wang Keying / Sharon
Wenzhou Kean University
Legalizing the Sex Trade
If someone were to witness what might be considered as an act of prostitution, he or her first response might call the police immediately because they might label it as immoral and illegal. This topic in general might be taboo and illicit, which is something people do not want to talk or only speak of in whisper, but in reality there are even some…
Prostitution may be the world's oldest profession, and laws prohibiting prostitution may well be the oldest example of government regulation and government sex discrimination. In a free society, however, all such laws are inappropriate because they violate the basic rights and liberties of the individuals involved. Recent research indicates that “over one million women in the United States earn their living by full-time prostitution. Furthermore, roughly one in every six American men has been a willing…