The legality of prostitution is a very touchy subject. At one end of the legal spectrum, prostitution results in the death penalty in some Muslim countries. At the other end, prostitutes are tax-paying unionized professionals in the Netherlands. Brothels are legal and advertising businesses are as well. The legal situation in Germany, Switzerland, and New Zealand is similar to that in the Netherlands. In the Australian state of New South Wales, any person over the age of 18 may offer to provide sexual services in return for money. However in Victoria, a person who wants to run a prostitution business must have a license. Prostitutes working for themselves in their own business must be registered. Individual sex workers are not required to be registered. In some countries the legal status of prostitution may be different.
Prostitution known as one of the ‘world’s oldest professions’ continues to survive centuries of stigma and denunciation. Today, many countries have attempted to create safer environments for sex workers. Yet, it is argued that laws decriminalizing prostitution have failed abysmally to protect those in the trade around the world. The list of abuses by ‘pimps’ and clients including rapes, beatings, trafficking and lack of proper health care support continue to deplorably grow. Through the legalization of prostitution in the rest of Australia, an undeniable increase in human trafficking, violence and sexually transmitted diseases will occur. Whilst legalization may appear to elevate the balance of power and women may be able to demand their rights, the nature of this profession remains an exceptionally dangerous one where women are wholly vulnerable and appropriated for their sexuality.
Fourteen is the average age that a person, male or female, begins their work as a prostitute. Moreover, most of these adolescents have run away from their homes and have been picked up by a pimp who exploits and sells them for sex. The practice of prostitution is very dangerous for sex workers. It is said that prostitution is the oldest trade, as it used to be the only method a woman could earn money without the assistance of a man. Sex work is not regulated and not treated the way it should be. Prostitution should be legalized. Although people believe that making prostitution illegal would minimize the possibility of exploitation, it actually forces the business ‘underground’ which causes more problems and doesn’t stop it from happening.
Today 's continuously evolving world is the breeding ground for many legal issues, surfacing and flourishing into numerous controversial debates. Among these regular disputes, the topic of prostitution and it 's legalization is one of the most prominent ones. Countless diagreements emerge when trying to argue whether prostitution should be legal or not, and ultimately it is a battle between the importance of having a personal choice, and the morals possessed by the the society we live in. Oftentimes, it becomes very difficult to come to a definite decision on a serious topic like this, just like the topic of aborition, same-sex marriage, and the legalization of drugs have all been controversial and highly debated topics in the past.
Prostitution is considered to be one of the oldest professions. Prostitution is an illegal business in many countries of the world and it is considered to be largely immoral. However, its scope is expanding simultaneously with the globalization of business and culture, which is the hallmark of our time. Researchers and activists continue to discuss whether it is possible to consider the purchase and sale of sexual services as an industry. Is it necessary to regulate the activities of prostitutes in a legal way, or should they be provided with legislative and medical protection? Can the government tax this kind of trade and profiteer on this profitable business? Or is it necessary to apply all kinds of legal, social and cultural prohibitions and measures against prostitution in order to eliminate it?
Prostitution has continuously remained “shielded” from the perceptiveness of society because of its objectionable characteristics. However, the problem still remains and in my opinion, “it will still exist for years to come.” Ultimately, the Bylaws of Canada has not been able to decipher or impede this problem, apart from triggering elusiveness in the acceptance of anything that is lawful and unlawful in relations to prostitution. All over the world prostitution entwines with the economy of every city, with a potential of legal and non-legal revenue.
Legalizing prostitution has got its own pros and cons. South Africa holding the highest rate of rape cases reported, which is nearly 115 rapes per 100,000 has made prostitution illegal. Many might say that amending the law could bring down the rate, but again it is subjective. Some studies have found that countries that has legalized prostitution has a higher human trafficking in flow compared to the countries that had made prostitution illegal. Many people look at it as a business. China makes a revenue of 73 billion dollars through prostitution annually. Also, legalizing prostitution is only going to increase the market for sexual trafficking. In my opinion, prostitution shouldn't be legalized as woman are exploited and men who do business
The infectious disease of prostitution that has poisoned the population of sex workers can only be alleviated through the criminalization of its nature. The idea that prostitution is merely the exchange of sexual services for money is what buries the reality of sexual violence deep into the ground. Often, sex workers will be coerced to surrender their power to the hands of their client. In Canada, sex workers are stalked as prey by the treacherous monster of sexual abuse. They are enslaved into a sexual commodity and are stripped of their basic human rights. In an international study done by clinical psychologist, Dr. Melissa Farley, it was concluded that, of all of the Canadian women participants, 75% were injured during their work of prostitution
The United Nations’ Convention held in 1949, stated prostitution to be “incompatible with human dignity”. According to the Oxford Dictionary, prostitution is defined as "The practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment." Often referred to as the “oldest profession” in the world, prostitution has become a burning issue in today’s world. The ongoing debate on whether to legalize, criminalize or decriminalize prostitution seems to be quite unresolvable. This paper investigates the negative impacts of legalizing prostitution such as 1) encouragement of prostitution, 2) increase in the incidence of human trafficking and 3) exposure of prostitutes to severe harm such as drug abuse, infection from sexually transmitted diseases and violence, which clearly supports the fact that prostitution should not be legalized.
Additionally, legalization of prostitution would open a new source of tax revenue. Prostitution should be legal in the United States because it would make sex workers healthier, reduce violence against women, and it would be a substantial source of tax revenue. By definition, prostitution means the performance of sexual acts in return for payment. Prostitutes may be of either sex, but the majority of them have been women, most clients men.
Over the years there have been many controversial ethical issues which are still debated in the 21st century. In today’s modern society one such controversial issue is prostitution. Prostitution can be defined as “The act or practice of engaging in sexual intercourse for money” (Deigh, 2010, p.29). Prostitution is the oldest profession of all. However the ethics of prostitution is still unclear between many societies. Thus, this essay will discuss on the reasons as to why prostitution should be considered moral, that is, it is a freedom of choice, source of income and it is a trade similar to any other job, while on the contrary it will argue that prostitution is immoral, that is, it goes against religious teachings, involves coercion and degrades
Most states in the United states have a band on prostitution, however there are some parts of the united states that prostitution is legal. Prostitution is something that's seen as morally incorrect. However, some people are prostituted not for pleasure but for need. Some people are told that they have to enter this horrible business or else they could be killed or their family could be killed. Everyone thinks that women prostitute themselves because they want too, but many are not in that position.
An estimate made in said that if prostitution became legal that the rape rate would decrease by 25% or roughly 25,000 rapes a year, which is a lot and would definitely have a major impact. The other side of the argument says that prostitution should be illegal because it is not the woman's choice, that they are involved in human trafficking or that their pimp is forcing them, or that they just need the money, and that none of that is the prostitutes choice, but what's wrong with that is that they do have a choice, waking up and getting out of bed every day is a choice, if you don’t want to do something, you don't have too, nobody can make you. Also, critics say legalizing it will not prevent rape, human trafficking of women and underage kids will still happen, nothing will stop that. The flaw in that statement is that rape and prostitution are two different things, prostitution is selling you for money and rape is against
Those who enter the sex industry with consent are usually forced to due to the vulnerability of their environmental conditions. The decriminalization of their work does not condemn the world which lead them to choose this means of survival but will allow them to have access to the same human rights as others. In adopting this policy, states would have to provide adequate and timely access to support such as education and benefits to allow for use if wanted. Sex workers’ ability to communicate openly and clearly with clients including their ability to negotiate safe practices. Social judgment of sex work is a significant barrier to sex workers access to health services.