Social Effects Of Prostitution In Society

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This report is written to examine the effects of legalising prostitution in society as there have been a number of issues which have happened to cause society to analyse the outcomes of legalising prostitution.

Prostitution is known to be the oldest profession in the world and was practiced in many cultures as it became a cultural custom. There are several different terms known to identify prostitutes such as geishas, concubines, courtesans and sex workers. Back to a few decades ago, prostitution was considered a sinful and treacherous act especially if a spouse was committing adultery. Of late, certain countries like Western Australia, Belgium, Netherlands and Singapore have legalised prostitution in an effort to control the industry. In a medical journal, The Canadian Medical Association Journal, Parent-Duchatelet (cited in Clarkson 1939 p.296) defines that “…prostitution is an evil of all times and all countries, and appears to be innate in the social structure of all mankind…will perhaps never be eradicated; still all the more must we strive to its extent and its dangers.” The above countries have legalised prostitution with the intent of proving this theory wrong.

Prostitution is the act or practice of engaging in promiscuous sexual relations in exchange for money or a form of compensation (Dictionary.com 2016). This is a contemporary process that has been greatly accelerated in the second half of the 20th century and into the present century. Amidst its biggest

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