Should Prostitution Be Legalized?

1771 Words Oct 27th, 2015 8 Pages
Whether you were a knight during the medieval ages, a Union soldier fighting during the Civil War, or are a teenager living in 2015, chances are, you are familiar with the term “prostitute.” Consequently, prostitution is one of the oldest “professions” known to mankind and is still very much alive today. Despite being legal in only Nevada, there are an estimated one million prostitutes in the United States, thus proving to be a major criminal industry in our country. This topic interests me because of a documentary I saw regarding prostitution, as well as seeing frequent media coverage on the issue as well. I have seen many individuals argue that prostitution should be legalized, which I decided to look further into. Upon researching the complex social issue of prostitution, I found that it is illegal rightfully so. Prostitution should remain illegal in the United States due to it having a profound harmful effects on the prostitutes themselves, communities, businesses, and families, it promoting gender inequality and the ideal that women are subordinate to men, and it remaining illegal helps prevent sex trafficking. Hughes, Donna M., and Claire M. Roche. "Health Effects of Prostitution." Making the Harm Visible, Global Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls, Speaking Out and Providing Services. N.p., Feb. 1999. Web. 23 Oct. 2015. This source is a scholarly journal article. In this article, the numerous negative mental, physical, emotional, and mental health effects of…

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