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.
This incident shows the impact of decriminalized sex work increases the maximum growth of illegal industries in the world. “Where prostitution is legalized or tolerated, there is a greater demand for human trafficking victims and nearly always an increase in the number of women and children trafficked into commercial sex slavery”(U.S. Department of State,2004:1). The is a an argument that sex industries creates ultimate conditions for uncontrolled abuse of sex workers, it is also believed that trafficking of human trafficking of women for sex can only be stopped if sex work is decriminalized and rights of social workers are
The proponent party of the legalization of prostitution may argue that in doing so, there would be a significant improvement in public health, reduced crime rate, increasing tax revenues, help in no longer having street prostitution, an institutionalization of mankind’s oldest profession and allowing consented adults to make individuals choices according to their own beliefs. They may summarize that prostitution in itself is a crime lacking in victims, especially when referring to the total of 11 Nevada counties when it is currently legal. However, the opposing party may counter-respond these ideas by stating that prostitution would actually increase victimization of homicide and rape, encourage human trafficking globally, and see a growth in the spread of AIDs, HIVs and other sexually transmitted disease. They may conclude their argument with the contention that prostitution is inherently commercial exploitation, morally and ethically unacceptable, empowering to the underworld of criminal activity and promotes patriarchy in men repressing women (seeing as statistics show that a greater percentage of female prostitutes
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. Firstly, legalization of prostitution leads to the impression that it is socially acceptable which further encourages the recruitment of prostitutes. Although it seems like legalizing prostitution may actually control and reduce the number of prostitutes, the case is actually the opposite. The core idea of legalizing prostitution is to impose a sin tax on prostitution to discourage its continuity and also to boost the country’s economy. However, if we think about it practically, those who are conducting illegal prostitution at present will never pay the taxes once they are legalized.
Is maintaining prohibition of sex work a solution for everyone? We think not. There are some important arguments used against the legalizing of prostitution that need to be double-checked. Is prohibition a solution? The basic reasons for which society is against prostitution include the fact that it is seen as a dangerous business which encourages human trafficking and promotes the spread of STDs.
The first argument against legalization of prostitution is that it does not give any serious benefits to women involved to this industry, but provides a lot of advantages for pimps, traffickers and the whole sex industry at large. Moreover, legalization just converts pimps into businessmen, and brothels into legitimate venues. Consequently, such kind of sanctioning all the parties involved to sex industries gives them the other names, but do not guarantee some real, factual changes. Some experts consider that in this case decriminalization is the best strategy, but it should be an advantage for women, who, no matter which way you look at it, are entitled to exploit their own bodies as they want. However, they also claim that pimps, customers and other people involved must be punished, as only such kind of strategy can restrain the growth of demand and supply in sex
This is the first and foremost reason why criminalization doesn 't work. Different countries have tried different approaches to dealing with prostitution, from full criminalization, to allowing street work but not brothels, and making it illegal to buy sex but not to sell it.
Firstly, prostitution leads to sex and human trafficking. According to Women at Risk International, 800,000 people are illegally trafficked annually, up to 300,000 children alone within the United States borders. Half of the victims will be forced into prostitution and once they entered it, it will be hard for them to get out of the profession as they are bounded to the agreement. If the prostitution be legalized, there will be more demand of sex and the pimp will always have to find more and new victims so that they can get more earnings from the prostitutes. The number of victims of human trafficking will increase as people are
Furthermore prostitution cannot be deemed immoral as prostitution itself is a trade similar to many other jobs in the society. A person’s right to sell their sexual services is neither more nor less of a right than that of person selling their labour-power in any other of its multifaceted forms. For example a person doing manual labour is selling his/her body, a writer sells her mind and a bodyguard or wrestler sells the services of their body. The feminist argument is that, Prostitution is merely a job of work and the prostitute is a worker, like any other wage labourer (Patemen, 2010, p.9). Many people believe that the act of prostitution involves buying another person for money, this is not the case.
Decriminalisation would challenge stigma surrounds sex workers. 3. Secure their human rights and dignity and living conditions for the prostitutes. Decriminalisation prostitute’s limit provides power over sex workers and limits the police taking advantage of the prostitutes (stated in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_in_South_Africa) LAW ENFORCEMENT Where there is prostitution, it is illegal. The prostitutes are forced/pushed into police, court and support institutions.