Prostitution : The Practice Or Occupation Of Engaging Within Sexual Activity With Someone For Payment

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Kevin Law
Mrs. Molnar
Period 1 AP Language
January 20th, 2015

Prostitution is as stated, “the practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment.” (Google) Prostitution is a worldwide issue effecting the lives of many men and women, an ancient profession which has been dated back to 2400 B.C. It arrived in America with the early European settlers, however, Native Americans did not engage in this practice. Not long after flourishing throughout the states, religious groups fought for its prohibition guaranteeing it being outlawed in the early 1900’s. Prostitution is one of Americas largest unregulated industries and is continuing to grow. All but one state has fully made prostitution illegal and even then, in Nevada “the laws permit prostitution more by omission than by outright statements to its legality”.(people) The legal brothels in Nevada have strict curfews for their workers which are meant to help protect their prostitutes in times where being a sex worker is unpredictably dangerous. Prostitution being unregulated can cause serious issues like underaged prostitutes and high mortality rates within the industry. However, it has become criminalized in our modern day in most parts of the world. This issue has been ignored for too long, and with many lives at stake, should not be overlooked. There must be legalization of voluntary prostitution knowing that if laws against it were not in effect, it would decrease amount of criminals, raise tax
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