Should Prostitution Be Legalized?

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Prostitution is defined as the act of “providing or receiving sexual acts, between a prostitute and a client, in exchange for money or some other form of remuneration” (Hock 557). The idea of exchanging sex for valuables has been around since the beginning of human society. The first reported data about prostitution was reported around 3000 B.C.E in one of the first known civilizations, Mesopotamia (Caraboi and Fierbinteanu 362). It is often referred to as “the world’s oldest profession.” Today, even though prostitution is illegal in most parts of the world, it is still prevalent worldwide with different ways to exchange sexual services for payment and many different types of prostitutes. One of these types of prostitutes are brothel workers; brothel workers work in “a house of prostitution,” a brothel, which are normally in areas where prostitution is not criminalized or is legalized (Hock 560). Like prostitution, human trafficking has been around for thousands of years and is still present today.
The United Nations on Drug and Crime (UNODC), the international agency that handles issues about human trafficking and other organized crimes, defines human trafficking “as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion” (“What is Human Trafficking?”). The transatlantic slave trade is an example of human trafficking, where slave traders transported millions of Africans to take

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