Prostitution : The World 's Oldest Trade

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Prostitution is often called “the world’s oldest trade”, with references to the profession found as far back as the writings of the Old Testament. It is practiced throughout the world and viewed in various ways from a social and legal standpoint. Many nations and territories classify prostitution as either a legal activity or have decriminalized prostitution. Legalization of prostitution often classifies the purchasing of sex as a crime, but not the selling of sex. This method focuses on punishing customers, rather than the prostitutes themselves. Decriminalization does not view any area of prostitution as illegal. It is viewed as an acceptable act between two (or more) consenting adults without the necessity for government intervention. Some nations that have a more liberal policy towards prostitution include New Zealand, the Netherlands, Australia, and Germany (Crooks & Baur, 2014). Whether prostitution is legal or illegal in an area, sex will be sold and revenue will be made. In a 1998 report, The International Labour Organization (ILO) classified prostitution as a legitimate form of work and called for worldwide recognition of the same (Post & Datta, 2013).In areas immersed in extreme poverty, prostitution provides a means of support for families who may otherwise have no opportunity. The ILO report attempts to add prostitution to the list of informal labor- such as domestic work and farm work- that is acceptable to provide more opportunities for an overpopulated and

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