The Debate Over The Legalization Of Prostitution

1551 Words Dec 4th, 2014 7 Pages
Recently, a controversial American website, Backpage.com, which is the second largest classified advertising listing service on the Internet in the United States, comes to public attention because of a lawsuit that is filed on several brave girls. The girls allege that they were pimped on Backpage.com to involuntary prostitute. Being known as the “oldest profession in the world,” prostitution is defined as a criminal act in most of the U.S., except in some rural counties of the state of Nevada. The debates on prostitution are always come with many legal problems, for instance, human trafficking, violence, sexual slavery and the use of children, as well as public health and moral issues. Different from the U.S., prostitution practices a legitimate business in some countries in the world, such as Brazil, Germany and Canada. Thus, the heated debate over the legalization of prostitution goes on in the U.S. There are proponents, who opposed to the legalized prostitution, believing that prostitution is simply immoral and should be considered a crime. But legalization would financial benefit local government, would promote public health and protect sex workers.
Although the sex trade is illegal in most of the U.S, it is alive and runs well. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there were about 78,000 arrests for prostitution and commercialized vice in 2007, while many sex workers and consumers were not caught (FBI 2007). Also, the sex trade is extremely lucrative. It…
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