Legalization of Prostitution

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Taylor Barney

ENG 111 07

J. Colagrande

Legalization of Prostitution

The repudiation of prostitution is a violation of human fundamental rights. The prohibition of prostitution goes against modern liberalism and falls under dictation. The common opposing concerns are irrelevant when pertaining to society as a whole. In actuality the legalization, with regulation, will induce a societal improvement.

The United States is built on the foundations of freedom of speech, religion, expression, and enterprise. Unfortunately the premise of this has been violated. The prohibition of two consenting adults is unjust. The laws that govern society are not meant to control, but to protect the freedom of the people. However, today’s dictating politicians steer away from modern liberal ideas of self-government and freedom. The government creates social assemblies, entitling citizens to education, healthcare, and safety. Hypocritically, the legalization of prostitution is unacceptable.

By legalizing prostitution, taxation alone would increase and reverse America’s economical deficiency. More money is spent in law enforcement and incarceration facilities. By allowing the fruition of business, we can better regulate.

Simplistically, sexual exchange is no different than any other form of service. Historically it has been proven that prostitution cannot be completely eradicated and can only be regulated. If this form of service is to be illegally sanctioned then all occupations should be as well. Citizens have more rights to this form of service than any other. The right of one’s own body belongs to themselves.

Morality and exploitation does not apply. Opponents believe that prostitution is an immoral act due to general and religious perspectives of premarital intercourse. This is a controversial and incongruous belief. Premarital consensual sex is acceptable and in some cases with an exchange. Comparatively, it is legal to rent your uterus via surrogacy but not your genitalia. It is unfair for the government to dictate which organs can be sold.

How unclear are the bylaws that are set regarding prostitution. The statute against prostitution is not fluent throughout the United States. Currently there stand eleven counties in the state of Nevada allowing prostitution in accordance to county laws. Certain laws are to be followed in order to regulate the trade. The laws set in place are preventative measures to protect the people without eradicating the rights and freedoms of the people.

Crime, violence, and trafficking are relevant concerns. Nevertheless, the more enforcement illegalizes, the more criminalization there is. Law enforcement and judicial personnel systematically process these criminals without end or deterring affect. The solution is management. Many prostitutes are constantly abused and mistreated without any laws of harassment or assault to better protect them. Other industries a kin to prostitution, such as pornography, have regulations and laws to abide by that protect the well being of the employees.

Human trafficking is also a dilemma as well as underage prostitution. “It is estimated that 100,000 to 3 million teens are nearly invisibly prostituted per year in the United States (Walker, 2002)” Violence is constantly brought against many of theses victims but are ignored for there occupation.

“Eighty-two percent of these respondents reported having been physically assaulted since entering prostitution. Of those who had been physically assaulted, 55% had been assaulted by customers. Eighty-eight percent had been physically threatened while in prostitution, and 83% had been physically threatened with a weapon....Sixty-eight percent...reported having been raped since entering prostitution. Forty-eight percent had been raped more than five times. Forty-six percent of those who reported rapes stated that they had been raped by customers. (Chesler, 1999)”

By regulating business underage...
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