Should Prostitution Be Legal? Essay

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Prostitution has existed in history since before most people can remember. In our time, prostitution is hotly debated as to whether it should be a professional working job, or whether it is immoral and oppressive to women. This debate has existed since the dawn of time, and there is still no clear answer. Society demands that police should stop certain illicit activities from happening in their neighborhoods, but should law enforcement be made to waste their time and effort to arrest those that may or may not be prostitutes? While some believe legalizing prostitution will only encourage more people to buy sex, making prostitution legal will protect those who work in the sex industry. The earliest mentions of prostitution date all the way back to the B.C. era. The Sumerian Records (2400 B.C.) and Hammurabi’s code (1780 B.C.) list female prostitution as one of the earliest professions and even include certain codes that outline a prostitute’s rights (“Historical Timeline”) Only during the middle ages did prostitution begin to be regulated, criminalized, and even abolished in some places. In 1910, the Mann Act, or White-Slave Traffic Act, created a federal United States law against “prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose.” Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics (a.k.a. COYOTE) was the first prostitute’s rights group in the U.S., formed in 1973. Prostitution is a controversial issue because some people believe legal prostitution would increase crime and

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