Critical Analysis : Decriminalizing Prostitution

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Kate Pettit
Dr. Liu
Critical Analysis Paper
October 8, 2017

Decriminalizing Prostitution Prostitution, is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, as the practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment. Prostitution should not be a crime because it has no victim. The prostitute, is in no way, committing a crime on society. While nearly 200 countries around the world have outlawed prostitution, many countries such as Germany and New Zealand have legalized the act. Prostitution also brings in an estimated $99 billion in illegal revenues every year (Glazer). The past 20 years have seen many different changes that would have never been heard of in the 1950’s such as cloning, gay marriage, abortion, and
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Lawmakers should make it binding that all personnel within the industry to go through regular check-ups to be able to keep their jobs. When sex workers are not required to go through regular medical examination, there is a good chance they don 't, unless they notice something off or something wrong with themselves or their bodies. The biggest issue with this is that the majority of sexually transmitted diseases go unseen in the beginning stages of the infection or disease, showing extremely mild to no symptoms. As a result, they can go untouched for quite some time. Prostitutes can pass the virus along to others if they are unaware that their bodies have been infected with the diseases. Furthermore, some sexually transmitted diseases may result in cancers and the inability to bear children as well as many other health issues.
Human trafficking, the action or practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another, typically for the purposes of forced labour or commercial sexual exploitation, could also become a much bigger threat as well as issue if prostitution was to become legalized. People planning to run a prostitution business may begin to take unwilling females into captivity and force them to have sex with others for the money. This could also lead to more rapes as well as murders because of the person being trafficked unwillingness to participate in the sexual

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