The Pros And Cons Of Prostitution And Decriminalization

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“Why should it be illegal to sell something that it’s legal to give away?” is a question posed by Judge Carlos Bea in California’s 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to the state’s Attorney General. A lawyer representing the San Francisco-based Erotic Service Provider Legal, Educational, and Research Project filed a lawsuit in 2015 to change the 145-year old California law criminalizing sex work (Patch, 2017). The court is now allowing the legal challenge after a lower court threw out the case last year (Shugerman, White, 2017). In Washington D.C., there is a bill that also seeks to decriminalize prostitution as a way to help sex workers report violent crimes without fear of arrest (Mehlan-Orozco, 2017). There are those in California and throughout the country fighting the current laws with plenty of opposition. The issue of legalized prostitution and decriminalization is plenty controversial with those against it fighting to keep current laws in place. While proponents of decriminalization say it is about improved protection for those in the industry particularly marginalized people, its opponents say that it will only embolden pimps and validate the abuse of women (Shugerman, White, 2017). A former sex worker in Germany’s legal sex industry, Rachel Lloyd; points out that the presence of an adult sex industry increases child sexual exploitation and trafficking. She also states that it is the “only industry that is dependent on the regular supply of victims of trauma and
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