Prostitution And Its Effect On Society

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To initiate the topic of discussion of this paper, I would first like to pose the question being researched. Should the “victimless crime” of prostitution between consenting adults be free from governmental interference? To discover the answer to this question, I will be doing some research on this topic to further explicate on the situation at hand. The featured topics that will be discussed in this paper is the history of prostitution, a recognition of contrary positions, the passing of legislation in three U.S. jurisdictions pertaining to prostitution, three examples of prostitution enforcement, my opinion on what the U.S. law should be regarding prostitution, the potential harms and benefits of legalizing prostitution, some new trends…show more content…
Then in 1358, Italy’s Great Council of Venice “declared prostitution to be ‘absolutely indispensable to the world,’ and government funded brothels were established in major Italian cities throughout the 14th and 15th centuries” (Head). The word brothel is defined as a house or place where the individuals can come into a room and engage in sexually explicit activities with a sex worker (prostitute). When 1586 rolled around, Head mentions that Pope Sixtus V Mandates instated a harsh penalty for the act of prostituting, which placed Mandates into the history books for placing prostitutes to death, and for declaring abortion as being declared a murder (Head). The Pope “grew frustrated and decided on a more direct approach, ordering that all women who participate in prostitution should be put to death” (Head). The death of a large number of prostitutes was never marked in history as an actual occurrence, but I can guess that this probably happened due to the influence of Pope Mandates. Head also mentions that back to 1802 when the French Revolution occurred, the French established a police force to fight against prostitution: …the government replaced the traditional bans on prostitution with a new Bureau of Morals (Bureau des Moeurs) – first in Paris, and then throughout the country. The new agency was essentially a police force responsible for monitoring houses
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