Should prostitution be legalized in the United States?
Prostitution has dealt crippling blows to many economies. Prostitution is unmoral and filthy, but it provides a resort to make money in a tough economy. Prostitution increases human trafficking and strips the prostitute of their liberties, self worth and leaves them to be an object for sale. If prostitution was legalized it would reduce the transmission rate of sexually transmitted diseases while reducing the number of rape cases. Should prostitution be legalized in the United States?
Prostitution should not be legalized because it can increase human trafficking. Prostitution is rarely the first choice as an occupation. Legalization of prostitution can open a channel for some serious offenses. Some prostitutes are rarely given a choice for their profession. Martha Nussbaum writes in Rereading America “use of kidnapping, coercion, and fraud [are used] to entice women into prostitution.”(682) The U.S. department of justice writes, “About 8 in 10 of the suspected incidents of human trafficking were classified as sex trafficking.” Out of 2,515 incidents that were opened for investigations by the U.S department of justice about 2,065 were of sex trafficking and out of those 2,065 there were 1,218 cases for adult prostitution. Martha Nussbaum writes in Rereading America “For these reasons international human rights organizations . . . have avoided taking a stand against prostitution . . . and have focused their energies on the issue of trafficking and financial coercion.”(682)
Prostitution should not be legalized because it reduces a person to an object for sale. What is the human life worth now days? If counted by the minimum wage in the United States then it would be about $7.25 an hour and $260 average per hour for prostitution. During the early years of childhood, children are taught that they are priceless and invaluable. What does that mean exactly? Priceless in any dictionary it is said to be “so precious that the value cannot be determined” while invaluable is said to be “extremely useful.” If a person is “so precious that the value cannot be determined” is it right for them to be sold off hourly for the pleasure of others?
Prostitution should be legalized because it would reduce the transmission rate of sexually transmitted diseases. Prostitution is an uncontrolled part of United States that has increased the transmission rate of sexually transmitted diseases. If there were a heavy water leak in a house, the best option would be to turn the water off and address it. Prostitution is that leak of heavy water which should be regulated and monitored so the people drinking out of it aren’t effected by it’s poison or the STDs. STDs spread like wild fires through intercourse and contacts with contaminated bodily fluid. The population grown of humans is 75 million annually. The center of disease control states " The estimated number of STD infections per year is about 20 million.”(www.cdc.gov) The 20 million infected are about 26.6% of the population infected annually. If 20 million people were to have one sexual partner that they pass the STD on to, that would equal to 40 million people infected annually.
Prostitution should be legalized because it would reduce the number of rape cases. Rape and prostitution go hand in hand. The meaning of rape in any dictionary is written as “The crime, typically committed by a man, of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse with the offender against their will” and prostitution is the safer version of rape because they’re being paid for the sexual intercourse with consent. US bureau of justice has noted 79,700 cases of forcible rape in 2013 alone. That’s close to 218 cases of rape per day. Max Ehrenfreund says on Washington post “The statewide incident of gonorrhea amount women declined by 39 percent, and the number of rapes reported to police in the...
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Ehrenfreund, Max. "When Rhode Island Accidentally Legalized Prostitution, Rape Decreased Sharply." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 17 July 2014. Web. 8 Apr. 2015.
Nussbaum, M. (2012). Whether from reason or prejudice: Taking money for bodily services. In g. colombo, R. Cullen, & B. Lisle, Rereading America (pp. 669-683). New York: Bedford.
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