Prostitution Is The World Oldest Profession

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Prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, and a major motive for becoming a prostitute tends to be economic. (Rathus, Nevid, Fichner-Rathus, Herold & Mckay, 2013) The sex industry tends to divide feminists and society, on whether prostitution is an coercion and commodification of women, or a women’s right and choice to sell her body. (Shannon, 2010) Prostitution, which is consensual sex between two adults for money or goods of value is legal in Canada although, most of the activities that surround the act of prostitution such as, pimping, operating a brothel, trafficking persons, public solicitation, and the commercial sexual exploitation of children are prohibited. (Barnett & Nicol, 2011) There are opposing attitudes towards the legalization of prostitution and whether Canada’s law should remain as it is, or should be modified. Regarding prostitution, there is an alarming prevalence of gender based violence against sex workers. According to the study, Shannon et al. (2009) examined the prevalence of violence against female sex workers in an environment of criminalized prostitution. Of the 237 female sex workers who participated in the study, the study found that 57% experienced gender based violence over an 18-month follow-up period, with 38% reporting physical violence, 25% rape, and 30% experienced client perpetrated violence. (Shannon et al., 2009) The high prevalence of physical violence and rape indicate the need to increase support for female sex workers,
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