Should Adult Prostitution Be Legalized?

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Should adult prostitution be legalized in the United States? Prostitution is defined as "the practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment," (1). Prostitution to this definition is illegal in 109 countries and legal in 77, yet America doesn 't fit into either of these categories. America is one of 11 countries where prostitution is restricted, however, this label can be quite misleading. American prostitution is only legal in 11 rural Nebraska counties and is completely illegal in the rest of the country (2). While the legalization of adult prostitution is not a pressing political matter for American politicians, it is for various international politicians. With a closer examination of the policies changed and the benefits or disadvantages of these changes in ¬the Netherlands, it can be determined if a degree of change in American policies would be advantageous to various persons or not. “This map shows the legal status of prostitution (not activities surrounding prostitution such as brothels, pimping, etc.) by country. Prostitution is engaging in sexual activity with another person in exchange for compensation, such as money or other valuable goods,” (2). The Netherlands, a country located northwest of Germany, has legalized (with some conditions) prostitution. In 1983, a bill was proposed to change laws regarding prostitution, as officials felt they would be provided with the proper tools to regulate prostitution accordingly. However, as
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