Conflict Theory And Merton 's Anomie Theory

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Jessika Hilton CJ 3270 Theory Paper November 11, 2014 Conflict Theory and Merton’s Anomie Theory: a Critical Analysis of Prostitution Prostitution and Commercialized Vice is a unique category of crime in that it is the only crime for which a greater number of women are arrested than men, and where the arrest rates for white offenders is greater than that of any other race combined (United States 2014). As used in this essay, prostitution is defined as the exchange of sexual acts and services for money (Walsh, Section XIII, p. 500). The key players in the crime of prostitution include those who exchange sexual acts and services - tricks - for money (prostitutes), those who recruit a prostitute and arrange meetings with clients in order to take a portion of their earnings (pimps), the keepers of a bawdy house or brothel (madam), and the individuals who purchase sexual acts and services (Johns). (Walsh, Section XIII p. 483). In the UCR for 2010, the total number of arrests for prostitution and commercialized vice was 62,670, with the female population of arrestees (43,190 total female arrestees) more than twice the number of male arrestees (19,480 total male arrestees) (United States 2014). In a 2000 General Social Survey, 17% of American men self-reported paying for sex (Levitt, Venkatesh; McGough) ; using this information in congruence with the UCR report that more than twice as many women than men were arrested for the crime, it is fair to assume that roughly 34% of
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