Should prostitution be legalised for economic reasons?
The issue of prostitution is one that has provoked much discussion and debate over the courseof many centuries. For some, the so-called “oldest profession in the world”is something that has always and will always be a feature of life. Some suggest it is a viable form of employment as a woman can use her body as she wishes. Prostitution has become rampant in our country today among growing teens and youths. These young people see selling of their bodies as the fastest way of getting income for their keeps.In the past those engaged in prostitution used to be women selling their bodies. Some of the causes of this are high level of poverty due to unemployment rate in the society, bribery and corruption. Family expectations and other problems are other factors why men and women get involved in prostitution. Women most especially are pressured into the business to be able to cater for family and siblings, education. However, today men have joined the trade of selling their bodies for different reasons including drugs, jobs or contracts and also good grades in exams. Prostitution is big business. Although it is impossible to know exactly how much is spent on prostitution services each year, it is estimated to generate revenues of ten billion per year. (Reynolds 2003). The Royal Economic Society says that 770 million pound is spent on prostitution every year, compared with the 400 million pound Britons spend on going to the cinema (BBC n.d).With these amounts of money involved, it is inevitable that prostitution will generate interest from criminal elements that can make easy money on the exploitation others. However, prostitution leads to the spread of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), HPV (human papiloma virus). Some women suffer trauma and pelvic pains, in most cases these women are subjected to drinking and smoking even drungging to ease off the pain and this habit...
References: Reynolds, P 2003,Sex in the City: The Prostitution Racket in Ireland,Pan Books.
BBC n.d. 2001, Prostitution: should it be legalised ? , viewed 11Arpil 2013,
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