Legalization And Decriminalization Of Prostitution

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Final Paper: Legalization and Decriminalization of Prostitution The legalization and decriminalization of prostitution is a highly debated topic within the area of women’s studies. Prostitution, the sale of sexual services, has been in existence for as long as society has. However, beginning in the 19th century, most states in America began to illegalize prostitution because of moral objections. Today, despite the fact that in 1959 the United Nations concluded that prostitution should not be a criminal offense, prostitution remains illegal in all of the United States, except for some rural areas in Nevada. The three articles that I will be covering in this paper all conclude that there are major benefits to the legalization or decriminalization of prostitution in the United States and similar countries. In the article “Psychological and Sociological Research and the Decriminalization or Legalization of Prostitution”, Linda M. Rio, J.D., gives a comprehensive overview at the evidence supporting decriminalization or legalization of prostitution from a legal standpoint. First, she discriminates between legalization and decriminalization of prostitution. If prostitution were to be legalized, it could be subject to formal regulation including licensing and health precautions. If it were decriminalized, however, prostitution would be completely removed from the criminal code. Rio begins by analyzing the rationales for criminalizing prostitution. The first rationale is that
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