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 crime. A victimless crime is a crime where there really is no victim and also no injuries involved when performing this act. A victimless crime usually contains two or more people who consent with one another and then engage in the crime. Prostitution is a victimless crime because there is no particular victim, yes they are disobeying the law but there is no intended victim or harm to others. Other victimless crimes include smoking marijuana and gambling. When debating whether or not prostitution should be legalized there are pros and cons that play a huge part. In the next few paragraphs this will be discussed. If prostitution was legalized it would reduce the crime rate. Kirby R. Cundiff, professor at Northeastern State University states, “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 rape cases per year…” Basically people believe that if prostitution was legalized there would be no point in trying to rape someone because you want sex. Instead, there would be prostitutes available who are willing to give you what you want. I’m also a firm believer that if prostitution was legalized it would free up a bunch of jail cells that could be used for more serious crimes like murder. Another pro of legalizing prostitution would be that it would help some women escape poverty and allow them to earn themselves some money. I believe that women sometimes become prostitutes and sell their body because they don’t have a reliable source of income and they have no way of making any money. This is a quick and sometimes pleasurable way of earning some cash. They have no other way of getting money so that’s why they prostitute. Women sell their body to men because they are in need to feed their family or in need of some place to stay. Prostituting gives women who can’t/don’t make money the chance to make some money in order to be able to live. The fact that they are making money is a good thing because it also allows prostitutes to get off the streets. They can either pay for a motel room, stay with the men who are paying them, or simply just have the money to pay for their own rent. Basically these pros to legalizing prostitution have pros to them, if that makes sense. The next and final pro I’m going to list is if prostitution was legalized, It would improve the public health. Although I believe prostitution should be legalized, if it were I think that there should be certain circumstances that should go along with it. Say for example it was legalized; prostitutes would have to go to a clinic and get a mandatory check up for STD’s and other diseases or illnesses in order to help prevent things from spreading around. If they didn’t, they’d be notified that they are no longer allowed to be found prostituting until they got checked out. If they we caught, they’d be fined and arrested. Now for the cons; the first con would be that if we legalized prostitution, it would spread STD’s among the population. People believe that sexually transmitted diseases would increase. This is honestly a good point. It may very well spread diseases. This would only really happen if there weren’t any laws or rules when becoming a prostitution that would help prevent the spread of such diseases. Studies show that prostitution isn’t even the number one spread of STD’s. This is a good point too. Anyone is able to get an STD just by not being safe
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
that has been increasing in the last few decades all around the world. Interestingly, a large number of organized crime involves the human trafficking of women in particular. This paper will focus on the relationship between human trafficking and prostitution with women, concentrating on those being brought to Italy from Nigeria.
Before delving into an analysis of human trafficking with women, the term must be defined, as it is often confused with the term ‘human smuggling.’ The ‘Protocol to Prevent…