Professor Katie Mullins
14 July 2013
Legalization of Prostitution
Imagine women walking along the streets selling their bodies to make money for themselves or for their family. Many people are disgusted with the fact that women sell their bodies to make money. Part of society finds prostitution to be immoral and that it needs to come to an end, but what they do not realize is that this is the way these women survive and provide for her or her family. In the prostitution debate, the statistical table showed that most prostitutes were troubled teenagers who did not have a safe environment at home (Clemmitt 7). This caused them to leave their home and they would end up on the streets. The only way for survival on the streets was to do drugs or sell their bodies for money and they will keep doing this since it is the only way they know. Prostitution should be legalized because it can be regulated, it would provide safety for the women, and the government would control it.
Prostitution can be dangerous at times, but it does not have to be. To make prostitution safer it would have to be regulated. To have prostitution be regulated the women would have to be tested on a regular basis for drugs and sexually transmitted infections. The Australian Federation of AIDS Organization states that (Prostitution 1). If regulated the police would not have to arrest the prostitutes for soliciting on the streets and filling up the jail cells, unless the women break the rules of going off on their own. Society believes that prostitution is the reason for the outbreak of sexually transmitted infections, but if the right care was offered and they had contraceptives provided by the government there would be no harm. Also, the drug use would go down more because the women would not be exposed to the street drugs. The statistics show a street worker is sixty-two percent more likely to engage in prostitution to pay for drugs than an indoor worker (Clemmitt...
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